C.F. Payne Technique
To start, I began by making a tight sketch of the girl I was given for this service project. I then transferred the drawing using transfer paper on to Strathmore 240 Illustration Board. Next, I used Krylon workable fixative to seal the pencil drawing and once that was dry I used sealer. By laying a thin wash of matte medium and water over the entire painting, it ensures that all illustration board has been sealed with acrylic. I painted the lightest local color for each area of the illustrations; flat colors with no tonal modulation. The acrylic layer provides the high light values (very dark areas can be painted the local color and dark value, and lighter values added with colored pencil later). Once the hight light values have been painted and dried, I used water color to create the half tones (watercolor should be darker than the acrylics underneath the watercolor layer provides the middle values or halftones). After the half tones have dried I used clean water and a round watercolor brush to wet the areas of the illustration that should be the lighter value of the acrylic layer underneath. I used a paper towel to blot up the watercolor from the illustration board. Next, I used a thin wash of Dioxazine Purple, Permanent Green and mineral spirits, laid an even layer of wash over the entire illustration (you have to wait 1/2 an hour or until the wash is no longer shiny before moving on to the next step). Once the oil wash had dried, I then used a kneaded eraser to lift out the oil wash in the lit areas of the piece, revealing the lighter values underneath. The oil wash is easily removed for about 6 hours; after that, the wash will become permanent. When I got all the highlights that I wanted I used Sureguard Retouchable II and sprayed it all over the illustration board (this seals the oil wash layer and allows the use of colored pencils or acrylics on top). Lastly, I did some touch-ups using Prismacolor pencils and acrylics to strengthen the highlights and deepen the darks to establish a full tonal range. Once all the colors looked like how I wanted them, I removed the tape on the sides to reveal the crip and straight lines.