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Quick question and explanation request.
I'm painting from a black basecoat, working on robes specifically, but I suppose this could be for anything.
When layering up for highlights (be it layering or drybrushing), do you add white to the base color or move to the next shade in the color line?
I'm Not an expert painter, but I figure I should learn the proper techniques so I don't have anything to unlearn later- Thanks for the help all!
what colour do you wanna do? you wanna highlight black? please specify
I know there just was a thread on highlighting black recently, should be somewhere on this or second page, might wanan take a look at that.
White can do funny things to colors (like turning red into pink) so I tend to avoid it. Without knowing what color you're looking to highlight it's a bit hard to tell you the best idea, but I really like adding Bleached Bone and a lot of people will use Commando Khaki. You could also try to find a brighter version of your color.
It really depends. Remember, adding white to just about any color tends to result in pastels, not necessarily a lighter shade of your base color. If you can, use a lighter shade of the same color, e.g., you can mix your purple with lavender to lighten the purple, mix a darker blue with lightning blue. You can also experiment with mixing in some bleached bone, which I do with greens to lighten them up a bit.
I was trying to make a dark purple over black look, but not too dark.
Thanks for the suggestions.
I for one almost never paint with pure "White". Even with mixing, the closest I get to white is bone white. (I use Vellejo.) If you plan on painting a whole unit or are using speed painting techniques like drybrushing You would do well to keep some things in mind.
When washing a base coat, the wash tends to make all of the base caot much darker. This is not bad. I will base coat with a lavender colour and wash it with Levithan Purple (GW wash). The result will be Royal purple with some nice dark recesses.
When it comes to drybrushing I will start by drybrush the base coat back over it. So in this case lavender. If more contrast is needed and it will most likely be just that, I will lighten the laender with pink as it is more naturally progressive.
If you add white to your purple, you will get a bubblegum pink and find yourself at an impasse. Instead brighten purples with brighter reds. You can always subdue it with blue if you overdo the red.
Add reds, wash with blues. Look for three or four colors that will highlight up well. Stick to cool colors, and avoid oranges, yellows, and hot pinks.
To keep the purple strong you can highlight with yellow, although that can lead to some nasty results too.
I'ld go with khaki or bone in your situation, although blue or red could work too.
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