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Famous Painting Study #2: Homer’s Sponge Diver

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Step 8: A Dry Lifting Technique For Highlights


Switch to the no. 0 round brush, and use it on the diver where you want to get some highlights back. Bill shows how to wet tiny areas such as the curve of the man’s ear, then lift the paint out using a rag. While the paper won’t be completely white, this is a good method for fixing parts where you may have accidentally painted over the highlights or made too dark.

Before fixing the back of the neck using this lifting method, darken the shadows in the head and forehead area, mixing Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine for contrast. Use the no. 1 round brush for this, and go around the highlights this time. Soften the edges so the shadows aren’t too jarring, and paint the underarm and elbow too for extra emphasis.