Neutral Tint is the exact right thing to use for a rich dark shadow or to darken a neutral. This pigment will darken transparently without muddying the color underneath or in a layer. The granulation it lends a textured subject is an added benefit. While I will always make my blacks to suit the palette and my subject, usually with Indigo and Burnt Sienna or French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, but for a quick solution, this was just the ticket and with much more spontaneity and little fear of adding too much of anything.
This "dandy little bandit" pops right out of the darkness with neutral tint washes. Lifting out branches and background information that is in a little bit of light was also quite easy with Neutral Tint. Daniel Smith made this color at the request of artists/teachers, Teresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs who were looking for a color that students could use to successfully darken a color without making mud. I'd say Daniel Smith got this right for sure.
“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.