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Hi all,

 

I'm working on prepping a white dragon. I've decided I want to underpaint it with blues, pinks, and yellows so that I can give the paint more dimension. I think that I want to glaze over top of the underpainting slowly with white so that I can deaden the intensity of the colors without losing it entirely. I've experience with glazing other colors, but not with white. Do any of you fine folks have any recommendations?

 

I figure that it's going to take a long time to get where I want it to be, but I think that glazing might be the best option. I don't want to apply the undertone colors as a wash because I think they'll be too vibrant for what I'm trying to achieve, but I've not really seen much online about glazing with white. Anything that I'm overlooking? Things to avoid?

 

TIA

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No experience glazing with white.  But I am not sure it's the best idea.  The outcome I foresee is tinting or making your other colors look dim and cloudy, rather than subdued.  You may want to do a basecoat of the white, wash with your vibrants, and just highlight with white over that.  With a thin wash, the colors shouldn't be too intense.  You could even mix them to more subdued tone--mix blues with darker blues or a medium grey, yellows with a light, warm brown, pinks are probably safe as they are.

 

Just my thoughts.

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I recommend a practice piece, one of the small dragons or a Rocky.  Reaper's white is pretty opaque and it tends to go chalky if you try to thin it.   I think you want to lower the intensity of the colors to begin with, put soft subtle colors over your base coat of white. 

 

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What medium were you planning on using? For white I'd suggest you use a artist ink and as suggest practice piece and a non-titanium white. If Titanium is all you have or can get your hands on, it most definitely can be used however you may need to glaze back & forth between your colours & white to achieve your desired effect.  

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I've heard it helps if you use acrylic varnish for thinning rather than water to avoid chalkiness. Have never tried it myself, though, so I don't know if it really works...

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