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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
Undercoating White
England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012 - 05:37 AM UTC
Hi guys. I'm about to start painting a figure which is to be mainly white. Now I've read a very light blue or light greay is a good base is this correct?

Thank you for any help.
Wojewodztwo Podkarpackie, Poland
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012 - 06:20 AM UTC
In my oppinion it depends on what effect you want to receive. White (being the color used as a final highlight) is neutral so it can be easily changed by chosing the ground or shadows color.
If you use blue as a base you will receive effect of very clean and cold white.
Using grey is even more neutral - still very cold but even more neutral.
You can chose yellows/ochres/browns if you want to receive dirtier look.
Depending on what are other clothes you may match the base color to the shades of other clothes (i.e. if the figure wears light yellow vest and you don't want the white shirt to look very "cold" you may use very light green for a nice contrast).
If you are painting something transparent so the body may be partially visible you may use skintones as bases. In case of ladies lingerie you may even use light pink as a base to strengthen the effect.

White is neutral - the only question is what you need for your figure - use the base color to "deneutralize" the white on the figure and push it in the direction of mood you want to paint the figure in.

I hope it helps...
Donegal, Ireland
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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 03:02 AM UTC
Great answer Andrzej ... would have to agree with everything you wrote. If nothing else ... it save writing it or similar again!!
United States
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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 01:14 PM UTC
I would undercoat with a color similar to the white you will be using as the final coat - cool or warm white...that way, if the undercoat bleeds through (or more properly, your final coat doesn't quite cover the undercoat), it won't be as noticeable as it would be with a contrasting undercoat.

CB in FL
Texas, United States
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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 01:26 PM UTC
Follow the link and go towards the bottom of the page, here you will find a small Sbs on painting white, in this case a warm white. It may be of some help to you!