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Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg

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Purple Passion Colored pencil on Stonehenge paper . 9″ × 11″ (23cm × 28cm) Private collection

 

CHAPTER 4

UNDERPAINTING

START WITH A GREEN TOMATO SO YOU CAN WIND UP WITH A RED ONE? OR, START WITH PURPLES and lavenders to create a yellow pear? It feels counter intuitive, yet these paradoxes illustrate some of the basic rules of establishing color and value with colored pencils. Starting with a complementary tonal underpainting will help you over one of the biggest hurdles in working with colored pencil: achieving correct values!

Once you have finished your underpainting, you will have a map with all your values already plotted out. This method ...

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