How to set up an oil paint palette

oil paint palette with colours on it
(Image credit: Howard Lyon)

To get started with oil paint, you'll need to learn how to set up your oil paint palette. I personally like to arrange my colours from the most intense shades to the less intense, grouped into warm and cool colours. 

I’ve seen students squeeze out colour randomly and it becomes tricky to keep things organised as the painting progresses. Choose a layout, stick with it and you won’t have to think about where your colours are.

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Howard has worked in the video game industry as a concept artist and art director. He has also freelanced on properties like Magic: the Gathering and Warcraft, as well as a fine artist for galleries.