I did a quick exercise on shadow colours today. I used red, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink and then worked out how to make a suitable shadow colour for each. Rather than just painting blocks of colour I make it into a little owl.
Here’s a table of how I made my shadow colours:
It worked reasonably well. I found that, with the yellow shadow, I needed to use blue as much as purple to reduce the saturation. I think this is because the darker shade of yellow is a brown and this has some red in it so having blue in the mix counteracts the red.
The bit that worked teh best is in the greens:
I can see in this one that the midtones have a higher saturation than the darker tones – this is what I’m trying to do.
I’m going to do one more shadow colour exercise tomorrow and then I think I’ll have cracked it in terms of understanding how it works. I’ll still have a long way to go with actually putting this into practice, but at least I will know what I’m aiming for.