The Emperor’s skin

Because I’ve painted the Empress so that I can get the grass done I have all the colour mixes on the palette table, so I thought I’d better be practical and get the Emperor dressed in his skin too so I don’t have to match all the colour later when the palette has a new layer of different hues covering these ones up. I’ve completed the first layer on his torso, and quickly laid down some colour onto his face, using the work as a chance to show my students how to approach their work. I described the colour palete and techniques yesterday.

I’ll let this layer dry thoroughly, then have another look at it, re-examining the subtle shifts between colour and value in a more detailed layer of work. I like the gentle transitions between the light colours I’ve put into the flesh so far, and I’m looking forward to getting the face more thoroughly painted. Time seems to have gone very fast today.


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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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