About the Artist
Prior to painting full time I’ve worked in Museums, taught in schools, set up and ran my own gallery for 5 years and have taught hundreds of people to paint and draw.
I’ve studied Classical atelier techniques in Italy alongside conceptual art at the Tate Gallery, London.
I’ve painted in watercolours, acrylics and oils and my styles have ranged from abstract; impressionistic to realistic portraiture in order to realise my own personal style.
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Color Mixing with Acrylics – Technique for Matching a Color
In the short video below, Will Kemp will explain and demonstrate his technique for matching colors, specifically the color orange.
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(Video transcript provided below)
So here I’m going to try and match this colour here, this yellowy orange. So when you look at the color wheel you have to try and see which color on the color wheel is closest to that colour. This one is a yellowy orange. So I’m going to start with a yellow. So i’ll just grab a bit of the yellow.
Then I start to analyze the color to see which way it’s going to go. Well it’s obviously going to go toward orange here. When I hold that next to it, it is way too bright.
In terms of getting its hue initially that is the first thing we’ll look into. I want to add a little bit more red to it. So when your mixing colours, yellow isn’t very strong in terms of its tinting strength, where as reds and blues are a lot stronger.
So we just start to mix that one together. Ok now I can hold it up and then you look at the value of it and how light or how dark. This is still a lot lighter than this colour here that we are after. So I can still add a little bit more of the red to it. Because red is darker in value than the yellow.
If you take a black and white picture of the three you would see the red would be a lot darker. I’m squinting my eyes. I’m trying to get it so there isn’t a jump when you hold it over it. You squint your eyes at it. You try and get it so that this and this merge in together so that there just one.
Now I know that it’s not the ideal value yet. It’s not the ideal tone. It’s still a bit too light, but it’s a lot closer than where we were to start with, just with this yellow.
So now we look at the intensity, the saturation of it and I can say,”ok this is still way too bright.” So I am going to add a bit of it’s compliment, the blue to it. So again, I’m just going to add a tiny amount. See how it starts to get in and it’s green. You’ve got to be brave and kinda keep on mixing.
Now I’m looking and thinking it’s still a bit too greeny. So I’m going to add a bit more of the red. Ok now that’s looking pretty close. Now when you are checking colors, it’s always worth putting a little swatch next to it. What I usually do is use a scrap paper, and then what happens with acrylics is that it dries off. It dries darker. So actually when I look at these two next to each other, I can see that it is going to dry a little too dark. It needs a little bit more of the yellow. So you can just grab a little bit more of the yellow. You notice how I grabbed a lot more of the yellow than I did of the blue to lighten it? This is because yellow isn’t as strong. Ok that is looking pretty good. This is Will Kemp from Will Kemp Art School