Mid-Tone Color Exercise
On dh so normally what I would do because normally I'm teaching I teach in person classes on dh some of my students are here in my audience s so normally I would show a demo like this and say, okay, now you go do it and obviously, if you're watching this on the video recording, that would be my suggestion right now is like pause on dh you go do that I have fun but I think you know, it's important to work up, step by step on dh not, you know, not just try to take in everything and then it's like, oh, it would be overwhelming he never stops, he just keeps going. So this would be a pause point in a normal workshop and I would say, now you do it so if you want to spores, if you're watching the recording this's it so we'll pretend that there's been a port. Well, here I am working so now I've woken up again on now back oh that's a great sum there sketch you did show it to me again. Fantastic. Fantastic. You got the idea. So now we're ready for the next day on the next step is the next step i...
s a tough one, so I wanted to prepare you the thumbnail first the next step is just it's, a simple exercise and it's even difficult. Well, even I don't mean it like that. It's difficult for me to do. It's not easy for me, but it is boys. It a powerful exercise, so we're going to do it. We're gonna just do it. Um on dh, I'll show it to you. It's called, um it's called the well I call it the mid tone color exercise sounds a bit dull, sounds a bit dull, but we'll see we'll see what it's all about. So in the mid tone color exercise we're going to go back to we could go back to the black and white or we could look at the color. I actually, um you can try it both ways. I tend to look a color because when I look at things, I do see the tone. Now that may also be a factor. The fact I've drawn most of my life since there was about three years old. I'm used to look in a tone and I see it, you know, immediately I look at things. Even when there's a lot of color so if I'm going to leave it totally up to you if you want to try this exercise looking at the black and white it might be easier because then you don't get distracted by a ll the color on def now and then you want to look at your tunnel sketch thumbnail value study whatever you want to call it maybe that would be fun as well especially since it is a bit loose um so I'm gonna start here and we'll give it a spin andi I'm going to fill my current painting image to remember the concepts here the concepts are in the painter x three photo painting world that we have entered here on the left in the left corner we have sauce image and in the right corner we have giselle I'm no I mean we have painting image although we do have so hi there how you doing? I'm lucky to be here you enjoying yourself? I am great I'm so happy that you're over here and I'm happy you're here out there a cz well even though I can't see you it's really strange just like I said a wave that nobody but I'm hoping I'm waving at somebody we'll see we'll see I always wonder if someone's waving back so I'll try it again hi there ah great thank you for waving back it really doesn't make a difference okay so I am going to fill my painting image with a midtown color and that's gonna be um uh let's see edit film and we're just gonna fill it with uh when there's not even a midterm color I'm going to fill it with graves it's neutral it's not got anything is neither here nor there it's just neutral so we have a neutral grey bit of paper on here is the exercise here is the exercise we on dh I can actually maybe show you even clearer by getting rid of the distraction um here we go and bringing in the temple color palette and oh, another another important navigational tip when you call in your temple color palette which by now I hope everybody is programmed into one of the experts keys remember when a day one if you're gonna just program one key on your on your tablet that should be some of you probably using the bamboo tablets the old bamboo tablets from war come, which, you know you could certainly use with paint it just so that you know no as versatile or sensitive as the professional ones but still you can use them and you can produce great results and don't worry about that but they only have like for button's all together I think that a program so you you know depending on your talent you have to watch out for you being selective now what I wanted to show you is if you want to expand this yes I highly recommend you should always be working with your temporal color sort of palate as they call it at the maximum size because it's way limit itself this is the same thing why limit so andi it's the same thing with this little band in this case a little circular band that allows you to expand it and it's between the outside of coloring on the little white line which represents the edge of the palate so as long as your cursor is in that space and the reason that when is that it was outside of that white ring I'll bring it back on seeds so tricky because what's tricky is the curse it doesn't change it it's I come yeah if you click you lose it so here on top of that ring I'm able to expand the ring size there may be a shrink it and expanded and that's as big as it's going better than nothing so this is our exercise do you all see where my cursor is moving in the value situation triangle it's like an ellipse but like a comet going around the earth from the sun or something? So do you see that now what I'm doing is I'm identifying a central portion of value saturation value is a word and again multiple multiple words tone value light dog light doc is up and down intensity saturation purity left right so we're identifying a region in the middle here which we are going to limit ourselves to and that is the mid tone color exercise meaning you have complete freedom in the axis of hugh it happens to be a huge ring so you have complete freedom in this parameter but you don't have complete freedom in the triangle who this is more difficult than it may seem now as with everything limitations always produce number one interesting results they always stretch you on dh I think limitations therefore always a good thing every now and then to bring in and if you ever have limitations imposed on you I always think that it's a gift because it is just like when you make a mistake on your campus it's a gift your enriching your campus with anything that you think is a mistake is like that's a good mistake and actually there's a great quote from ringo starr I love his quote he said what he says in his life you know liverpudlian accent I can't do a live of privilege I'm terrible accents I can't even do my own accent and I don't have an accent anymore that anyway he said something like I'll try liverpudlian accent liverpudlian accent terrible he said there's no hey says there's nothing like a good mistake hey just loves a good mistake so and it's the same repenting and you know, always relished the mistakes so having said that what I'm going to try and do is make a painting of what I see in my photo using free and not using tracing paper not using clone color noo noo noo noo noon and no, this is a limited exercise limitations so what we're going to do is we're going to you know, this is an exercise where I think it's actually better teo just bring on the color panel only orwell is attached to everything here if you want you can drag the color panel away from everything else and then you can just you know, clothes or these other panels and then you have color panel only by the way this might be a mode that you want to save it because if you're going to do this a lot o and not only that it gets even better not only that if you go into the corner so do you notice that you get the curse of varying here? I don't know if you can see it clearly I'm gonna zoom in again you can see it so we'll just um zoom in right here on the corner and watch the way that the curse of changes so it's horizontal stretch vertical stretch but was nice is this one which is corner stretch on dh so you can actually depending on your real estate you can make your color will really big by the way for artists painters great this's powerful because now one of the key things and you look at rembrandt work he's working the subtlety of value and saturation to such a fine tune extent it's amazing and all these artists we saw doing that and were able to get much more control off value saturation adjustment with a bigger triangle so this is actually very good and if you have a big screen encourage you to make it big for me it's way too big way too big so I'm going to just go to the corner I'm going to make it a reasonable size I'm going to stick it in the corner out the way I'm going to move my canvas over here and I'm going to do what I was going to show you to save layout on dh I'm just going to call it color panel color panel only that's what it is color panel only so now I can go back two pallet arrangement let's say we were in mainly paint I get so mainly pain and is it no I don't want mainly paint I just want my color panel only I only want my color panel by the way to one of sounds to go with paint one of my most favorite memories of of giving a presentation ever in my whole life was to a group of eight year olds at the american school in london on dh you know, eight year olds really fidgety and I had an hour with them on so what I did I said I'm going to draw one of you I got him up andi okay sat down one of these eight year old was forty of them sitting there and I'm demonstrating painter on dh I say okay, now I want everybody in this room as I'm painting I want you all to make the sound that you think goes with brush that I'm using on I did a one hour portrait of an eight year old with every single person totally engaged it was hilarious they made the funniest sounds I've ever heard and we even had the headmistress come in to check everything was okay because she couldn't bear it that all these strange sounds were coming out of the room like anyway, I sometimes wish that pain I had the old kid picks thing, which is where every brush makes the sound you know you can you know, like an option turns funny sounds on you know anyway, so all of that is to say that there we go color panel only and I uh now I've left myself with so little time to do this exercise you're going toe I now have to do what they call speed painting I know that I know that on youtube there's a lot of things are called speed painting and you know, it goes a little up and it's often a speeded up version of a painting so what I have to now do is to show this exercise and actually do speed painting, so let me just first we'll see does it work? I hope it works oh, interesting, interesting for whatever reason forever reasons it's bringing back lots of other stuff, but that's okay, I'm just going teo simplify things here for a moment on dh way are going just keep working with the real six b that's fine, and I'm going to just paint and I think I only have a few minutes left on dh, so I'm just going to quickly look at my photo and I've got it the right way up, you know, you could do this excise upside down, I think there's really challenging, I don't want to make everything difficult. Um and so what I have to do is remind myself of the exercise, and that is that I have to limit myself in this range, so when I want to show something that is really light or really dog, I can't just go up here and do this that's not okay, I've gotta pick the color from here and somehow communicate that there's two light stripes by picking a hue like that on then there's a light part in a hair like that and then this is light so yellow that communicates his light I could also use the blue because that communicates his light on dh then what are dark areas? Well blue and reds and purples can communicate very well as dark areas on dh oh their catch myself so I'm trying to stick here on work with midtown collar only and then this is like a mid grey so on I'm going to communicate that with something like a green up here it's a challenging exercise I'm not going to deny that this is a very difficult excised but it's fun as well and it really stretches you and I've done this excited with many, many students who who don't you know don't have drawing experience and they always get so much out of it and they love it now with the red you know flower and I have I could you know I can use red too there's nothing to stop you using a real color but is that too bright? Yes that's too bright that red doesn't work actually it's too bright that's too bright let's take it down more into the purples on maybe even mohr into there and now it's not as bright ah that's working a bit better in fact read jumps out too much there then what about the arms so let's go into an orangey color there for the arm and what you'll do is when you build up a structure like this using midterm color only it forces you to start to work with color in a way that the color that's too light doesn't work that's reading is darker that's better then uh then I need light on the here oh, I can't go up there after I keep having to remind myself um I could use that blue there maybe that fits in better there on dh use up there well, that looks very light. Maybe I'll use that here because there's, that band going on there and in here we haven't you know we have to look at what's like what's dark and it's not always easy to tell now when it gets this like this um let me just bring back the clone source panel then if I do that you can see that that's lighter than that that's darker than that. So you start to get relative values becoming more apparent and you can start to translate them into color. This you know, like is a this is an experiential exercise and it's not it's not about making a pretty picture it's not even about making a likeness it's about forcing yourself to look with an intensity of an an analysis at tone and translated into shoe so with that I'm going to throw it over to you tow have a go at this and I don't know what you'll have fun in it so I maybe I shouldn't say go have fun during this horrible exercise you know and it's not a punishment either it's just a really really good exercise so anything from the so much to matching tonto I driving everyone crazy nohow they're fascinated I think again you know at the end of you people in the sort of mesmerized state guy that's incredible and I feel like that's just carry church there's a lot of that's incredible amazing wholesome they need you but I haven't had that time to do anything with this julie that shows what looks excellent question so yeah can I be saturated andi let's just go teo under painting and uh I wanted away why is there something here? Listen goto under painting which is under the advance panels on would just go to de saturate on dh see what it looks like so far so it's yeah it's interesting. Yeah, but what there in mind very important point about this. We are working with the perception of tone from color which does not always relate exactly to mechanical saturation in these programs and that's why it it works it's pretty amazing, isn't it it's fantastic to see through the tips and the techniques have the left brain is helping the right side of the brain make its best work brilliant