McCracken Black is a versatile black; it can produce a range of neutral grays that is ideal for creating a realistic look to metal objects and a remarkable depth in a dark background that is inspired by the Dutch painters of the 16th and 17th century. Master Artist Laurin McCracken worked with DANIEL SMITH Chemists to develop a black that is neutral, not blue or brown. One to which he can add small amounts of color to make it warm or cool so that it can change and enhance the feel of a painting when desired. It has a degree of transparency as he often paints with a very dark background over an underpainting. McCracken Black is a complex black, with slight granularity so the that the smooth surfaces of metal, like polished silver, in a still life can appear as realistic as possible.
Pigments used: PB27, PR101, PV23, PV19, PR177, PY150, PR149
From the Daniel Smith Blog:
"For many years, Master Watercolor artist Laurin McCracken blended his own special black to use for his signature painting style. Artists all over the world would regularly ask how he got his backgrounds so deep and dark with such a smooth, matte finish – and he happily shared his unique color blending process.
Laurin then worked with our chemists to create an exciting new black that would meet his needs right out of the tube. We’re proud to introduce this DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolor, McCracken Black – a complex black with a slight granularity and a degree of transparency."