[VIDEO] Limited Palette Color Sketching

One of the most successful American artists working in the 1970s and 1980s was David Grove.  He painted movie posters for blockbuster films and illustrated covers for best selling books.  Almost every major studio and publisher including Disney, Fox, MGM and Warner Bros. wanted to hire David Grove. He was living every artists dream, making a lot of money to draw and paint what he loved, and having millions of people love and admire his work.

david grove movie poster art low

David’s work was well crafted and of the highest quality, but it also had a unique look. One of the things that made his work special, besides his excellent drawing skills, was the way he used color. He used a very simple and powerful strategy and technique. This technique is so simple that it has become a mystery to most of the art world.

Today I’m going to reveal that mystery to you, which is the topic of this week’s color lesson and demonstration…

Using a 2 Color Limited Palette

For this lesson, we’re going to start with two of David Grove’s favorite colors: Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine blue. Burnt Sienna is another earth tone like Burnt Umber but is more orange and more saturated. Ultramarine Blue is “cool” color that is part blue with a little bit of violet.

These colors are what’s known as complimentary colors. Which means they are on opposite sides of the color wheel.

color wheel, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue

I don’t want to get too technical here, so if you want a more information, see this video on the properties of color.  The important thing to know about these colors is that they look great together! Especially when used correctly.

In this video demonstration below you can see using a limited palette of Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue on a series of figure sketches. In the video I also talk about the importance of knowing when and and where to use more warms colors (more Burnt Sienna), and when and where to use mostly “cool” colors (more blue). And of course, when and where to use them together is pretty important too. To see a limited palette in action, check the video below…

PART 1 – 5 Minute Poses

PART 2 – 10 Minute Pose

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