High key, low contrast

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    Arjun Khode

    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

    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.

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


    Arjun Khode

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

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    Arjun Khode

    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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