Below is the progression of a new piece in acrylic. This is 30×40 on Gessobord (Ampersand brand), painted with Chroma Atelier Interactive Acrylics (for more info visit www.chromaonline.com). More figures need to be added as well as traffic and some street lights, signs on the left. This is the underpainting stage, where it is most important to work out the drawing, values and composition, before working in color. I’ve used burnt umber in this case, but any dark neutral color will work. Stay tuned as this is currently on my easel:
Next, I finished the underpainting by adding in an additional figure, some traffic and other architectural elements on the left side of the composition. I then began blocking in large areas of color. In some places, I used a small paint roller for this purpose. The roller leaves behind some nice dry-brush texture that works well on urban themed paintings. As you can see, this piece will have a strong primary color harmony. Lots of yellow ochre, cobalt and alizarin, plus Naples yellow and red ochre. Next I need to pull in some more darks and get the rest of the board covered with color before moving on to the next layer.