When you are matching previously painted figures from the distant past, it can be interesting to adapt new methods and approaches to look more like things that you painted long ago.
It is definitely a challenge, since that usually means altering your palette significantly. Even with something "gray" like this, the more updated approach would involve many different hues and tones that would give the appearance of 'gray' as opposed to using gray itself.
What really makes this even more prominent in my mind is seeing sets for "painting gray". There are 10 jars of 'dead' gray paint in the set, with no life to them at all. Making gray is very easy, and there are countless ways to do so.
I suppose this is one of the reasons that I made "Shades of Gray" one of the 5 color theory videos for the Painting Pyramid series. I will be including that video as part of the Patreon Page next month, where colors are discussed in more detail.
Gray can be brownish, greenish, blueish, or even have a hint of purple! That is so much more interesting to look at than lighter and darker versions of the same dead gray tone.
Stay tuned, as always!