Tysoe’s Art Blog

Adding Colour to the Dead Layer

by on Aug.01, 2008, under General, Work In Progress

Continuing my first attempt at the classical Flemish multilayer technique I added started painting with colour for the final layers.


The first two layers were done in acrylics for speed of drying and include the following layers:

  • Gesso Priming (Acrylic Gesso)
  • Sketch (Antelope Brown ink and pen)
  • Imprimatura (Neutral ground Ochre, Ivory black, burnt umber)
  • Umber underpainting (Burnt Umber)
  • Dead Layer (Greyscale painting for dead skin tones
  • Colour Layer (Final colour layer in Oils)

The idea is that the light will pass through the various layers of paint bringing out a lifelike glow remniscent of old master paintings who used this technique extensively right up to the 19th century.

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