Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Color Note

ColorNote On Wash-In ©1955Allison
In the Reilly class we spent the first half-hour of each session drawing from the model, the remainder of each session would be devoted to painting the figure. A pose would be set on Monday and kept for the rest of the week, giving us the opportunity to complete one figure painting each week. Monday was devoted to the Wash-in which would dry overnight. On Tuesday we mixed the palette and would begin the Lay-in. As the complexions were mixed we developed a color note, a small 4"x6" oil sketch of the figure in the corner of the canvas, to verify that the palette "averages" would represent the model's local (specific) complexion in light and shadow. It includes the background averages simply stated, the whole thing taking no more than 15 minutes. The color notes should represent the "Poster"; a simple but comprehensive statement of flat shapes and major color averages. This insures that your color choices, including the complexion, are in balance with entire painting.

From Reilly's notes:
It must show the kind of light. The color of the light, the position of the light and its size, distance and strength relative to the model. In this illumination it must describe a particular condition of skin (in general first) in a chosen particular pose.
The model must exist in atmosphere (air) in front of a background.
Put in light & shadow only, on each object or area.
Put in 3 lights and one shadow on the model.
Put in known quantities.
Put in extremes- darkest first, then lightest. Strongest chroma then weakest chroma.

    © John Ennis 2010

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    Nancy Bea Miller said...

    Excellent general advice for getting started!

    Dr. B said...

    Awesome! This blog is going to be so good. I am really looking forward to hopefully seeing all his advice from the basics to the more advanced things, and very hopefully his figure drawing techniques and imaginative construction methods in the future [what little I have found is so good], as this blog slowly unravels....
    I emailed a bunch of people. I am going to have to insist people follow this. So good to have it digitized.

    jake gumbleton said...

    I can't thank you enough for writing this stuff up, its so great to have it all laid out in such easily understandable steps.