Originally Posted by Lotsadots
i go by pigment number myself, saved me alot of headaches. For the yellow toward green, i like the y184, and the y3 light. Toward the orange red spectrum just darker versions of the y35. If the manufacturer use cadmium, fine, its a powerful pigment and to me is worth the money. Its like baking with extract. Concentrated.
I have to agree with you on cadmium, it's just like baking with extract! I was worried due to it being expensive, but that wasn't needed. I understand why, according to many artists, it's not really "replaceable" in many situations because it's actually very powerful. On another hand, I can use other yellows when I know I don't need that type of strength. I'm planning on getting myself some yellow ochre when I know I don't need that bright yellow just to be more cost-effective.
Which brings another question... I'll have to start a new thread on that..
I also found an excellent thread on py74 vs cadmium. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1390174
It's good to know for the future.
And the fact that they're toxic... I read that it's not as toxic as it was in old time due to the particles being larger or something like that? I know, it doesn't mean I should be careless and eat the paint, but they repeated saying that they have improved a lot and doesn't require warning labels anymore because of it. Most solvents are probably more toxic.
I also really am liking cadmium red and yellow, they have that such power that I can't get with non-toxic alternatives.. and they mix well with transparent 2nd color, like for example, quin rose pv19 with cadmium red to make a deep beautiful red color. So beautiful! So yeah, having such an opaque pigment helps a lot!