View Full Version : The importance of neutrals

07-17-2008, 11:20 AM
Hey guys, I was just surfing the net when I came across this interesting article about the necessity of low intensity pastels. There are many other articles which provide useful information as well.


Plus the man Richard Mckinley is a pretty good artist!

07-17-2008, 12:05 PM
Thanks so much for giving this link..great info.
my favorite types of paintings are greyed down with just a bit of pure pigment to make them pop!!

07-17-2008, 12:07 PM
Very good article. It comes at a funny time for me. I just recently ordered the Great American grey set, so I must be thinking along the same lines. If only I could produce the kind of results that Richard does. :) I need me some practice.

07-19-2008, 02:27 AM
Great article! Thanks for posting it!

07-19-2008, 07:19 PM
In extremely general terms, creating artwork relies on the manipulation of opposites, or contrasts. To have bright or intense areas of a painting, you need to have grays or neutrals for contrast. To make your light values seem lighter you need darks (and vice versa). To make an individual color seem more intense, the use of its complement placed adjacent, or often times, in the underpainting will accomplish this.