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post #1 of Old 04-22-2015, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Need help finding base color

I am trying to paint this dog and she is mostly grey. I don't want to just mix white and black together I would rather start with a color. So what would be the base color for this dog?

Also every time I work on a painting it takes a while to mix the colors together then if I stop for a while and decide to work on it again later I can't remember what colors to mix together to get that exact color I had the day before. Any tips for this?

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This is what I have so far but I can't remember what colors I mixed to get that color grey!

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I took this picture into Artrage to check the colors.. and it is a Brown- Grey everywhere (I took about 75 samples) in the picture. Red - Yellow - and maybe a touch of Prussian Blue would be the base if I was trying to recreate it (but I deal in watercolor)

I also did a check on your colors..and they were VERY similar.. but a wee bit more saturated..

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I'm guessing Artrage is a digital art program?



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Cool, thanks bushcraft. I think those colors are close to what I used in the first place which was burnt umber and pthalocaynine blue. I going to have to check out artrage.
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RJS86 welcome to the forum. The picture you are doing is coming out wonderful. I look forward to seeing the finished piece.



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I'm guessing Artrage is a digital art program?
I'm so sorry.. Yes.. Artrage is a digital drawing program that actually emulates Oil, watercolor, graphite etc.

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Cool, thanks bushcraft. I think those colors are close to what I used in the first place which was burnt umber and pthalocaynine blue. I going to have to check out artrage.
Yes.. the Burnt Umber would be close to the Red/Yellow mix.. and the Pthalo Blue would tone it down to a grey..

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RJS86 welcome to the forum. The picture you are doing is coming out wonderful. I look forward to seeing the finished piece.
hey terry, thanks. i was really suprised at how well it looks too. i have been drawing with pencil for a couple months now and just started painting with acrylics. i am hooked.
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A couple of months? WOW! You're definitely a "natural"!
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