Here's another page from my Sketchbookery journal. I hope you all won't get tired of this type of art because, by desire and design, it's all I'm doing in the studio nowadays. I can't wait to be able to get out and find some organic objects to draw but in the meantime, I am observing and doodling various gadgets and gizmos gathered from my home.
It is hard to render metallic finishes with watercolors. I use a lot of Neutral Tint (from M. Graham) to simulate silver surfaces. Watered down Payne's Gray and Ivory Black are useful as well. For golden or brassy surfaces (such as the vintage keys I painted earlier), I often use Daniel Smith's Buff Titanium mixed with a bit of Quinacridone Gold. As the color goes from brighter yellow values to duller, timeworn hues, I add in Neutral Tint to darken my paint mixture. In fact, I use Neutral Tint (instead of black) all the time to create darker values of my paints. Next Wednesday, I'll post a color chart of pure colors versus those colors with Neutral Tint added so you can see how the colors change and how it can expand your palette. I'll also try to remember to write up a post about the particular supplies I use because I know many people, myself included, are often curious about what other artists use in their work.
Last post, Carol commented and asked about the brands behind two colors in my palette. The pale orange is from Koi (by Sakura). It is considered a student grade paint but I find it useful for rendering fleshtones. As student grade paints go, the Koi set (in tubes not pans) is probably my favorite. The lovely phthalo turquoise is from Daniel Smith.
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