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Feb 8, 2010 6:25 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
Dorothy:

If you use a medium paper (like gray, or it could be a complementary color), try to lay in first your darks...I use almost no black, I mix dark brown and blue, or dark orange and dark green...it makes the shadows more interesting.

Then lay in the lights...I don't use white, use something that you could still add highlights to.

This sketch was very fast. It was actually my daughter. There was a light (electric) on the left side, and a window down by the floor on the right side.

The light reflected in from the snow was cool. The light from the lamp was bright and warm. THe shadow area was right down the middle.

Of course you don't want a black or gray shadow down the middle of a face, so I usually use a warm burnt sienna type color for face shadows and then a dark umber or such for corners of eyes.

This is a pretty good example of "laying in " colors and I didn't work it any more so you can see the process.

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