About the gray colored layer, I actually keep my color layers transparent for the gray layer to show through on some part. I don't mean to scare you but its probably the most tricky (and fun) step in the process : D. Start on the less important part of the painting if you're worried to ruin your painting. I wasted a few paintings because of trial and error before I get to this point too. It will take practice and don't be afraid! Good luck
P.S. I'd like to see your work after
You maybe already know that book but I found it really interesting: it depicts different techniques of the Old masters like Dürer, Rubens, Titian or Vermeer.
And I think it's very cheap. The french version is 10 times more expensive, I don't know why.......
Among the chapters are the curriculum of the private ateliers of Drolling, Delaroche, Gleyre and Couture. An example from the book, "Couture later used this fine, clear pigment, the colours of which were almost unmixed, in different thicknesses, and by spreading it more or less densely on the ebauche layer which was actively brought into play in the final stage, he obtained delicate half-tints."
It is sad that the techniques of the old masters has been lost and we are left to our own devices to discover their secrets. You seemed to be on the right path. Thanks for sharing.
I'm reading Philip Gilbert Hamerton's The Graphic Arts book, and man, Its a hell of a book! He discussed various classical painting methods from 15th -19th artists like Titian, Rubens and French artists. It might be worth for searching.
Thanks again for posting!
In the first few layers (imprimatura), I rendered the painting in thin brownish monochrome. Though, it will be covered by color layers later, it helps to establish the value (tonal) composition of the painting.
Dead colors is a way of rendering skin tone that if you lay a warm colors (red/yellowish skin color) over a cool/cold (blue/grey) colors, it gives an optical illusion of realistic skin tone. It is a very difficult technique and mine's not a good example to look at, to be honest (still experimenting on this..).
If you're really interested with this, look some paintings by Peter Paul Rubens or Caravaggio. This technique is very obvious on the way they rendered skin tones.
Hope that answer your questions.
I like your work very much!
Thank`s for this tutorial
this. is. Beautiful.
i think u should go to a hospital, because that amount of skill is something that should be documented.
Doctor: it seems you have a rare condition of awesome floathing in Your veins.
Doctor: it can not be cured.
Doctor: It will only become worse, and eventually you will become God of the awesome and i shit you not, there is no way to stop it.