We’ll start today by concentrating on our washes. The next wash will separate my light side from the shadow side. This is also a preliminary wash that sets an overall tone for the shadow side. This particular wash was a very weak wash of Cobalt Blue with a touch of Permanent Rose.
Things seem to be progressing nicely and I feel as though I’m generally heading in the right direction. I’m still moving slowly and making very measured color decisions.
I’m having a bit of trouble judging the value range because my darkest darks are only the nose and eye, while most everything else in my subject registers in the Value 7 or 8 range on my scale.
To get a better feel of the value range in my painting, I decide to add white gouache to my lit area. This is the “pop” we discussed earlier, and I think having my lightest lights indicated will make judging my values and colors a bit easier.
Photo 7 shows all the gouache whites added. Additionally, I start sculpting some of the descriptive forms in the dog’s body. This was completed with my usual purple mix of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson, with a bit of earth tone to soften the hue.
Tomorrow we begin the background. See you then!