I began with a realistic sketch of my object, a switch blade. Though it holds some personal significance, I also thought it'd be an interesting object to draw with the many tones of darks and lights.
Then, with tempra, I mixed tones to create a basic value scale containing a black, white (used the paper for that!), dark, medium, and light. Using the brush techniques that Heather taught us, I was able to create clean, straight lines which is imperative when painting a knife!
A little look-see at my little pots of paint that I mixed! Used tape to help me remember which is which because I'll need these for my next project!
Though I'm a very inexperienced painter, I've always found it very meditative and I'm looking forward to painting the other versions!