A long time ago, I wrote a post about how I use lots of colors in my paintings. In that post, I touched on the fact that using an unexpected color can give a piece added depth. Here, I want to demonstrate that concept in more detail for you.
Right now I'm working on a mouth for an upcoming tutorial. Thel last time I was working on them, I used purple.
This is what it looked like before,
and this is what it looked like after.
I used a transparent, greyed out version of purple. I didn't use a bright purple and that's important. The point is not for people to look at this and go "There's purple in those lips". The purple is only there to add dimension and character to the lips.
I also used a liner brush to make sure the marks were the thickness and curved them to create three dimensionality.
Just seeing how adding a color that doesn't seem like it could work for a piece add so much to it is one of the most enjoyable things about painting for me.
Painter of portraits and wildlife