So, the other day I went out and bought myself a proper wet palette. its huge.
this wasn’t the biggest one i could have bought, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it was the biggest i could fit on my desk and still have space to work.
it comes with 12 sheets of semi-permeable membrane (it looks and feels suspiciously like baking paper) and 3 sheets of reservoir paper, which means I should in theory be able to use 4 membranes per sheet of the reservoir paper. I paint A LOT, so I’ve yet to see if its economical to just buy the refills rather than find an alternative method of replenishing the awesomeness, if it lasts me a month then i’m happy with that, but i don’t want to be chewing through a pack every week at 4 pounds a go.
Speaking of awesomeness, since using the palette, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my blending. I’m not sure if its just a placebo effect or whether its being able to move back and forth between mixes without the paint drying out, but it feels much more natural.
So far I’ve only used the palette whilst painting Volgor’s axe and the armour on his leg, but even just that seems smoother than i could previously manage.
If this is the case then that bodes well for the future, as getting a smooth blend has been one of the things stopping me from learning more theory, such as placement of colours and using lighting to convey the story or mood etc. It’s not a literal stopping point, more of a mental one, looking at other artist’s work for example, and thinking “I can’t do that, I can’t even blend properly” and as you know, If you think you can’t, then the chances are that you’ll fail or even not start, but if you think you can, you have a much better chance of succeeding.