High key, low contrast

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    Arjun Khode
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    Hi Matt. I looked at quite a few artists last year and I made an Inspiration book from it, I learned a lot about my taste. I am really drawn to the same kind of artists in color again and again. They all have this chalky quality to them. I would dare to call it analogous values, high key, low contrast type stuff. I never painted that way myself. But I wanted to get some guidance on how I could begin to experiment with this style.
    How do I mix these colors and prepare such a palette? I want to pre mix swatches I can use in my digital paintings.

    I found this artist last year. I don’t like his black blacks, but there is a certain chalky quality to his colors
    https://www.waterman.co.uk/artists/97-diarmuid-kelley/works/

    I like this one more:
    I like the subdued skin tones this artist uses in his portraits and his backgrounds. Very analogous quality to them.
    https://www.instagram.com/rizqi_ir/

    Do you have any ideas on which colors to mix and how to structure the swatches?

    -Arjun

    #21627
    Arjun Khode
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    I recently mixed these color strings but in my opinion they are not very useful for portraits.

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    #21673
    Arjun Khode
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    Maybe low contrast is the wrong term. They all seem to have contrast. But maybe what I like is majority of the parts analogous and a small area of contrast to give context to the values? It’s open to interpretation.

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