In the digital paintings below I demonstrate the value of using an underpainting color. This can be done digitally or in real paint painting. With real paint you have to choose your underpainting wisely, as it is not as easily changed as it is with digital painting. With digital painting you have the ability to put the underpainting on a seperate layer that you can change and delete easily without disturbing your painting. Using a warm color under a coolpainting can give your painting a little complementary punch and adds a little excitement to your strokes. Cooler colors under a cool painting can give it a more calming effect. This technique works best with oils and acrylics, real and digital. Give it a try.
|Cool painting with magenta underpainting.|
|Cool painting with purple underpainting.|