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highlighting black hair
Biggles2
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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 07:27 AM UTC
When highlighting black hair would you use blue-ish highlighting, or brown-ish? Or does it depend on the ethnicity of the subject?
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 07:55 AM UTC
It would depend on your base black...you might want to look into a 'chromatic black', i.e. a 'black made my mixing two dissimilar colors such as Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue or Alizarin Crimson & Thalo Green...you will have do 1) undercoat the are with an acrylic black or a very dark value of one of the colors you're using in your chromatic black mixture - these individual colors are very translucent and have a lousy (for our needs) coverage; 2) EXPERIMENT with the various chromatic blacks to get the right hue you're looking for...There IS a commercial chromatic black made by Gamblin and you might want to use Google to find references and tutorials to make a chromatic black, but as far as highlighting,

CB in FL I would prolly use a small part of one of your base colors and a bit of the grey made from white and your chromatic black mixture and experiment with that.
Biggles2
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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 08:26 AM UTC

what does that translate into in Acrylic-ese?
Biggles2
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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 08:50 AM UTC
I should specify; I like using acrylics by Citadel,or Valejo, for painting figures. Still too insecure with oils.