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White skull on black bg

Discussion in 'Artwork help and showcase for newbies' started by Alex, Nov 21, 2020 at 8:14 PM.


  1. Alex

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    Hi folks. I'm want to paint a white skull on white plastic paper... And I'm a little bit confused about the background for starting - as I figured out wicked white(w001) is much colder than plastic paper(white) color... so if I will have to erase some paint and will get to the base(plastic white) - it will be very noticeable compared to other(colder) white on the painting... I was thinking about putting some w001 as the solid background and covering it with 2-3 layers of 4030 to get strong protection from erasing to the plastic base...then start painting black the skull and erase some parts if needed(to the w001 base maximum)
    Am I going the right way?
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    I paint white skulls on white (Yupo) plastic paper often. I do it by not using white paint. I just let the white of the paper show through. That way when erasing I dont get the issue of color differnce

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    crazyvet, thanks for the answer! are you using white paint in some areas to cover the black? and if so - how do you deal with colder white color(over black) comparing to other white?
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    I do not use white at all. I simply erase back to the paper. If I screw up and go to dark or get black where its not needed I erase. to get the "extra " white highlighrs I just make sure there is a very thin coat of black covering everything else.. Sorry Im not great at explaining things. But the key is very light coats of black. slowly build up your darkness
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    Here is the basic Idea of what Im trying to explain in a vid. I do not own the vid but its a great example.
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    Another option that might simplify things is start with a black substrate. I don't know if what you are painting on comes in black, but it might remove some of the guesswork. Although, it sounds like a good learning experience. Give it a go and see what happens. :thumbsup:

    I'm new too, so take it for what it's worth. :)
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    Its on white plastic paper so I guess something similar to Yupo. There should be no reason that they couldn't make black yupo but I don't think they do.
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    Color shift the white paint. Add a tiny bit of orange to the white paint (about 10 parts white to one part orange) and it will make the paint match the substrate.
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    I'm taking notes!
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    I learn something new every single time I'm here! Thanks, @Kim McCann . Stashing this for later use. :thumbsup:
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    Thanks a lot for the tip!

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