Watercolor Painting Basics : Painting Shadows with Complementary Colors

Watercolor Painting Basics : Painting Shadows with Complementary Colors


So if you’re trying to get shadows and skin
tone, you’ll add the compliment of that orange tone. The compliment is the color across the
color wheel. When you add that color it dulls it down to grayish brown. So red and green
are compliment to each other. Instead of adding, when you want a darker red, my suggestion
is get the red dark as you can. That is put the least amount of water in it if you can.
And if you start adding green instead of black. Black starts killing the color whereas the
green starts subduing the color. There’s a difference. And you need to try this out.
But to you give you an idea you can add a little bit of cobalt which is the compliment
of orange to the skin tone and it looks like skin in its shadow without dulling it. If you add paint gray
to it, it gives it a different look. See a different look. Which you might like. But
this is a more subtle look.

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