I hadn’t planned on returning to the painting. However I did want to take notes on where I could improve. So I took the picture I posted yesterday and put it into my iPad painting app. I also had a picture of a palette by a very famous painter named Cesar Santos. I sampled the colors from his palette and made my own digital palette on the iPad. I was then able to pick them and mix them with my pencil, almost like using a paintbrush in real life.

Values aren’t a problem for me, and by values I mean understanding and applying paint from darks to lights. Color temperature has been my recent hangup. I see painters like Cesar Santos and Juliette Aristides putting out beautiful works because they have a mastery of the subject. I want to have that mastery as well, so I have been studying and practicing relentlessly.

So I started painting digitally over the top of the photo of my practice painting. I tried to reason with myself when to use a cool tone and when to use a warm tone, and also when to use a neutral tone. Overall I think I might be kind of happy with the results…but I still don’t feel super confident on my choices. I will keep working on it.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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