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If the light is coming from a candle, or group of candles, you're going to have very dramatic chiaroscuro lighting. Shadows should be very black, with not a lot of grey tones. Keep in mind that only the elements very close to the candles are going to be visible. Also, candles have yellow light, so basically all colors are a shade of yellow or orange. ...


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Unless I am misunderstanding your question, the answer is embedded in the question itself. The purpose of a good gray-scale card is to give you a standardized point of reference for what is true black, true white, and the intermediate shades of gray in between. So if you hold that card up to your subject, the card will be illuminated under the same lighting ...


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As photographers know, the color of light is usually not white, and when working in your home, you're often working under tungsten bulbs (or similar) which have a warm tone to the light or with fluorescent which have a green cast. Because your brain is pretty good at making what you think should be white look like white, these lights can cause your eyes to ...


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A split primary palette is one that consists of two shades of each primary color: a "warm" one and a "cool" one. The idea is to produce mixtures that are less muddy by reducing contamination from the third primary color. For example, if you want to mix a green that doesn't tend towards brown, you choose a slightly-greenish blue and a slightly-greenish yellow,...


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What helps me most when drawing is to study a couple inspiration images. I take the time to look very carefully at the colours (for example, when drawing and colouring clouds). In a dim lighting scene, do I really see a darker colour of yellow, or does my brain tell me it is yellow when really the colour looks more blue or gray? For you I would suggest ...


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You can be a painter, but you should expect to encounter more obstacles and limitations than a person with normal color vision. Have a look at the color wheel: Color wheel If two opposite colors look so similar to you that you would confuse them, you're going to have problems. You may not be able to paint some red or green objects in a realistic way. If ...


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As a non-native English speaker I'm not too familiar with the expression 'pushing values', but I think the intent goes both ways, that is to say, it doesn't mean pushing them in one direction, but in both (or all) directions. Pushing one's values too far either results in a high-contrast image, where all values have been replaced by binary values (resulting ...


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The answer would be too broad because the different black pigments have all different characteristics as other pigments have in terms of hue/temperature, intensity/tinting, transparency, even value and so on. Here's what Winsor & Newton says about their acrylic blacks: Ivory Black is a brown black of moderate tinting strength recommended for general ...


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In general, I can't see how color blindness on its own can be a serious barrier. Anyway, overwhelming majority of visual information is carried by strokes, gradients, contrast, i.e. achromatic image. In simple words: most of the time color hues are unimportant for perception of information. Of course color hues may be more important for specific objects, e.g....


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Shoe dye exists, in versions for leather and suede. They should work reasonably well on natural fibres but the effect on synthetic fibres is less reliable (try applying, leaving to dry, then rinsing well). Any plastic (e.g. vinyl) bits won't take dye. Overall it's crucial to know what your shoes are made of before you start.


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As the answers in your other question (Why do complementary colours desaturate each other?) and the link in the comment by Danielillo address, it will in theory be a perfect grey: the complementary colours will have complementary temperature and value, so, after mixing, any pair of complementary colours will have the same perfectly neutral grey. Of course, ...


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I can definitely recommend a fine asian gel pen (kind of rollerball). It is precise and very easy to use, unlike many other tools I've tried so far. It's a perfect affordable tool for detailed drawings, like miniatures, doodling, pattern fillings, i.e. things that require precise, fine strokes and points. Of course one can draw anything, but bigger areas ...


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Colorblindness should not impede an artist. "Art" is incredibly open, and you could be successful while avoiding color entirely if you wished. Many past and present day artists have overcome the obstacle of colorblindness in their creative expression. One option, used by some, are to use special glasses that allow someone with colorblindness to see more ...


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Henry is close, but the problem is that your acrylic is drying Matte. This is also, by the way, a problem with many different kinds of paint, whether they are spray paint, oil paint or acrylic. You can add glossy mediums to the paint, but I have found that painting a varnish (or firnis) on top generally yields more even results. I prefer sennelier gloss UV-...


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Here are some of my solutions Red filter Anything seen though red is unsaturated; this is the easiest way particularly to see the scene to paint as a whole. Some DIY glasses have red lenses, some photo filters and gels too, cellophane plastic, plexiglass, tinted glass, or red light bulbs to light the scene. The cheapest and easiest way by far is to buy ...


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To get a kind of burnt umber, I think (I can't test it now) you need around 3 parts black, 3 parts red, 1 part blue and 1 part yellow. Let's assume the first picture I found googling for fur is the kind of reference you have: For painting fur, and especially to get a warm glow in your painting, I suggest painting a layer of red (with yellow mixed in as ...


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I see several probable problems here: You use the wrong "primary" colors The quality of your paints might be low You try to replicate a certain pigment without actually using this pigment Let's look at this problem from the bottom up (from short to long): Wrong pigment Burnt umber is a certain pigment. It's made out of actual brown earth (I think it ...


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The pink color of the mixed red and white is an optical illusion, similar to how inkjet printers create all the colors from inks of three primary colors by printing combinations of tiny colored dots close together. The color in paint is particles of finely-ground pigments (colored powder), suspended in a liquid that dries into a film. When you mix red ...


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As fixer1234 correctly explained, white is not simply "colorless" or "transparent", but it reflects light of all colors. By mixing pure red with pure white, you end up with 50% red light combined with 50% all wavelengths combined, which makes the red appear lighter (what we commonly call "pink"). There are 3 dimensional color systems like the Munsell color ...


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Note: replace North with South if you are in the Southern hemisphere Generally speaking: aim to draw or paint in North light. North light is that which comes from windows facing North. If you're able, block out light from other windows. But why? Well, the sun is in the South, so windows facing in other directions will have variable light during the day, ...


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What I have seen in printed drawings, like in newspaper cartoons, it make a dark shadow close to where your light source is, but add less colour farther away. That way you will not need to fill the whole sheet of paper with dark intense pencil lines but you still get the contrast around your light focus bit. As EmRoBeau I do advice you to experiment. Take ...


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Add a couple of drops of floor finish, like Quick-Shine (available at Walmart, other stores and Amazon) to an ounce or two of your acrylic paint. It adds a glossy luster to the paint which might give you the effect you are looking for. To go in the other direction, use a drop of rubbing alcohol which will flatten out the paint, making it look aged and ...


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As Nothingismagick says make sure you're drawing what you see not what you mind says the object is. And make sure when you "see" something you're really looking at it. A simple example - a plate is round, that's what my mind tells me. But more often than not when you draw a plate you're drawing an ellipse, not a circle. The eye you drew - the white is ...


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Color pencil considered as a light to dark application, thus tracing your initial sketch with any dark medium will ruin it (they will be visible beneath your painting, unless you intentionally want to do so like mixed ones) . So in my opinion you definitely should not do that. Try to keep your pencil sketch as light as possible, barely can be seen. Then ...


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You could mix your fully saturated base hues on one axis, run the desaturated mixes at a right angle to those and if there is room go off on a diagonal with tints of the colors you are using. Alternately just use a different area of the pallet for tints or saturations depending on your preference. Other than starting with a cool and warm version of the ...


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