View Full Version : No Blender!!!!

05-31-2006, 02:25 PM
LOL< Sorry, for those of you who know me I can't live wiithout my blender. And so for a challenge I tried to again not to blend(done this selfimposed challenge before, but never did it look good), ...and I havnt, not yet at least! Well its not quite true i know since the Oils brushes kinda blend as the paint, as well as the acrylics, but its still a far cry from the just add water tool i usually use.

An additional callenge was to mix all my own colors from a limited pallet.Simply to learn more about color and wat the deal is. Its an added challenge and I have no clue to the benefit is any is to mixing my own colors, although I assume there is some. Questions: Can I mix some color other than blue to prussian blue to make a more vivid blue? anyone know?

Anyway C&C apreciated, this feels like something new, Im about 70% done, Used pencil to sketch the drawing, Flat oils brush and acrylics soft brush to paint everything, and a flat oils camel hair to detail it out. All brushes are pretty much set to opacity to pen pressure as well as size.


To anyone who is interested in my pallet, I watching an art video by Daniel Green on colors and Im using his pallet and have been for some time now till I become more intamate with it.

Ivory Black
Titanium White
Prussian blue
Raw Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Naples Yellow
Cadium Yellow Medium
Cadium Red Light
Alizeron Crimzon
Burnt Umber
Sap Green
Pthalo Green
Green Earth (muted earth tone green)

Flesh tones:
All lightened with white.

05-31-2006, 02:27 PM
Any advice/info/thoughts on pallets greatly apreciated.

05-31-2006, 03:23 PM
I really have no advice because I just experiment with my colors and play with the slider on the color palette till I get what I want and seldom associate a name to a color. I can say one benifit of mixing your own colors is a freedom you will never find from just copying colors with a picker. I have much to learn about color myself and know that until I do I will never express what I want in my paintings.

Frank are you familiar with the WC virtual palette (http://www.wetcanvas.com/colormixer/)?

To blend, or not to blend is a personal preference. What is the final goal should be a consideration. Are you looking for a painterly finish, or a more photographic, or illustrative finish?

05-31-2006, 08:18 PM
Watching and learning:) and impressed. I am still at the using the colour picker stage but will hopefully venture into blending a palette.

06-01-2006, 09:36 AM
I love this and I could not tell it was not blended. Very smooth look and very accomplished. I try to find my own colors, and not use a picker unless I really get stuck. I think you learn more that way. I love mixing to see what happens :)

06-01-2006, 04:26 PM
I think you did wonders without blending! This is a handsome image and one you can be proud of! Thanks for sharing your palette! :)

06-01-2006, 05:44 PM
:thumbsup: :wave:

06-02-2006, 09:45 AM
Way to go Frank! Beautiful painting and I hear you on the blending I am working with Acrylics now and trying not to blend just using the colors to work it. (not easy for me either...LOL)

06-02-2006, 04:04 PM
Thank you all for the comments! Chier AWSOME link, thank you so much. You dont know how tough it was for me to find those colors. In fact my prussian blue was WAY off.


Here is the final, I DID end up picking the just add water tool. I was amazed at how lil I had to use it though. I think the big difference with using it as lil as possible was I didnt get such muddy/muted colors (which I found myself correcting with photo maniping)

06-02-2006, 04:40 PM
Lovely :thumbsup: