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artluck

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on: October 10, 2011, 06:14:56 AM
This is my first post and am a beginner.  This site is simply a wonderful resource for someone like myself.  I was rather impressed by the 6 color wheel tutorial by David.  As a beginner, I thought I should adopt that because of its simplicity and the almost infinite variety of colors it can generate.  However, for the cubes shown, what was clear was how the shadow colors are to be made.  What I may have missed is how the highlight color is made.  Do I understand it correctly that the highlight color is made by adding white to the shadow color?  Thank you for taking the time to respond.


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Reply #1 on: October 10, 2011, 09:04:02 AM
 :welcome: to our little world, Art. There are a bunch of cool folks around here so enjoy yourself.

I'm new too, but what I understand, after watching that a few times is, that you start with your 'base' color. What the object would be, if it were flat and not round, THEN add the highlights by going upwards toward yellow and add white if necessary and use its opposite color for the shadows.

Here, watch this little jewel;

http://www.paintbasket.com/tools/color_wheel.php

Happy  :painting:
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Reply #2 on: October 10, 2011, 09:35:15 AM
 :bigwelcome: Welcome to the site artluck, there is a lot to take in here so take your time and absorb what you can. Dennis and Nolan are a marvellous pair who will do their utmost to help and move you forward. Headed for sainthood those two!  :angel: The halo does slip now and again but we don't usually mention that!  >:D
So come on in, have some fun and there's plenty of help at hand. Look forward to hearing more about your artwork.  :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011, 10:31:09 AM
:bigwelcome: to the site artluck, glad you found us :clap:
The highlights are mixed by adding the next colour up on the colour wheel towards yellow, plus white (if necessary)

Look forward to growing with you here  O0


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Reply #4 on: October 10, 2011, 12:40:28 PM
Hello & welcome  :welcome: to Paint Basket  :)
Understanding colour identification and replication seems to be a subject that requires repeated coverage. Nolan has created some fabulous tutorials here and, you can see a demonstration of the application of colour by watching this series of videos on painting a Tulip & a landscape. Watch a few times if need be and, get a solid foundation of colour mixing ability so you'll be onto a good start.
Here are pars 1,2, 3 & 4:

http://www.paintbasket.com/paintbaskettv/index.php?replay=4
http://www.paintbasket.com/paintbaskettv/index.php?replay=5
http://www.paintbasket.com/paintbaskettv/index.php?replay=6
http://www.paintbasket.com/paintbaskettv/index.php?replay=7
Good luck.  :gl:
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Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 09:55:26 AM
I am much obliged to all of you who have responded all the while offering words of encouragement.  As one of you mentioned --- and I'm paraphrasing here --- the amount of information can be bewildering to say the least.  I had also watched some of the links suggested prior to my post.  Nolan, your response is also greatly appreciated.  I sat in awe as to how simple you made painting tulips seem!  Regardless, it is gratifying to feel a sense of belonging to a community of artists, most of whom accomplished, responding to my simple question.  Needless to say, I should take it all in stride and not overwhelm myself.  The desire to run while still crawling, is obviously one that needs keeping in check!  Once again, thanks.  Look forward to more questions from this newbie.  Sorry I couldn't respond to all of you individually, although each response was extremely useful.

By the way Nolan, I just ordered the color buster (do I have the name correct?) and can't wait for it to arrive.  By the way, while working on that piece Nolan, you did mention something about an acrylic gesso spray.  Can it be used as a canvas primer for oils?  Any need to sandpaper before applying?  I warned  you all about more questions, lol.


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Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011, 10:59:40 AM
Artluck, the Color Buster is an instant download, so it doesn't ship to you. You should have received an email with download instructions - maybe check your spam folder? If you didn't get it, please let me know so I can PM you your download instructions.

If you buy commercially made pre-primed canvasses, then no prep is required, just start painting O0


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Reply #7 on: October 11, 2011, 01:04:18 PM
Thank you Nolan.  I must have missed the instructions.  The wheel you were holding in your hand in the video demo was what I thought attractive and thinking that was what I was purchasing.  It seemed capable of instant comparisons with the source photo onto the color mixes you make prior to applying them.  Sorry, my fault.  So how does it work as a download?  Thanks for your patience.


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Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 01:56:50 PM
Every so often I do get folks that don't realise that the Color Buster is a download, so you are not alone  :-\
Not sure where else to mark that it is not a shipped product  :-\

I have sent you a PM with the info O0


 

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