tutorial: CMYK

Painting in Process Colours

We are going to be painting a scene of a Thomas Kincade Autumn Lane picture

I have chosen this image because it gives a number of different greens, has some sandy colours, some browns and some very bright yellows and reds. Let’s all try to work from the same image.

What to bring with you;

Your support:
You will have to decide which medium you are going to use and bring a support appropriate for that use.
Watercolour paper preferably stretched;
100 gsm Cartridge Paper for ink work or art bar;
Stretched canvas or canvas board for acrylic work;
Suitable Mi Tientes pastel paper or sand based Fisher pastel paper

Your other bits and pieces:
Bring your brushes, water pots, pencils, erasers, masking fluid, paper towels, sponges, spreaders, stumps etc. You might like to bring more than one support so that you can experiment with colour mixing before applying it to your main painting.

Your positive attitude:
This is an exercise in mixing colour. Be prepared to break all the rules of mixed palettes, your printer can produce 64 million colours from CMYK colour palettes. You can achieve this too. Leave behind you all your normal palettes.

What you should learn:
How to mix process colours.
How to create a range of greens using just two cyan and yellow.
How to the whiteness of your support come through to the front of your picture.
How to use black sparingly.
How getting a darker tone is sometimes the application of more paint rather than reaching for a darker colour from your paint palette.

I will supply your medium:
Daniel Smith Water colour,
Royal Talens Amsterdam Acrylic,
Derwent Art Bar,
AW Acrylic Ink
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache,
Unison soft pastel

Background research:
Go on the internet and load up Google. Type in ‘thomas kincade autumn colours’ and look at some images. Print a few off to use as tonal references and use them for reference only.

For this tutorial I charge £50 per hour plus usual disbursements

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I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you have not heard within 3 working days please contact me by email at stephen.hillier@hillier.org.uk