Hello there! I took some basic art classes years ago in high school and have recently gotten back into painting. But there are still many things that I am having to learn. This is my very first acrylic piece that I have been working on on and off for the last couple months. I am now wanting to start adding details and highlights to the Chinese woman's hair, but don't know how to. Right now, I have just blocked in the mass with black. I want to try and create texture and depth along with the highlights. Can anyone give me any tips as to how to do this?? I am at a loss!
I would like to send you some help from the netherlands! First, try to use a minimum of black in your paintings. You could have done the hair with a dark brown mixture, then add darker and lighter parts. But for your problem know. Relax! This is not a joke. As a teacher, beginning artists are to much focused on the " pretty results" , let go. The proces of learning is so much more important than the result. A teacher once told me, you have to make a 100 pieces of *** to gain one jewel. Back to your painting. try the cold side with grayish/blue mixture, the lighter side with brown/reddish/gray mixture. Try to get the warm and the cold colors. And thats so great with acrylics, if it dosn't work, paint it over.
kind regards, Marijke