MixingBlacks Black is a notoriously deadening pigment.

When used alone it sits on the page like a lump of meh.

A super simple way to enliven black is to mix it with another colour. Jewel colours like the Quins and Phthalos are great black partners and make shimmering, living, breathing blacks that add dynamism to even the darkest shadows.

You can even mix a neutral “black” that doesn’t even have black in it!
 
 

 
 

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