Portrait Painting Process Oil Painting Demonstration

Painting Process 3 Faces of Children The first layer of color goes in thinly. I pay careful attention to the shapes of the shadows and lights. I focus on maintaining accurate contrast between the lights and darks. Some edges are lost and softened. I use a limited palette of oil color paints for this layer. White, black, cad yellow light, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, cad red light, perm alizarin crimson, terra rosa, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, burnt umber and raw umber. My color sketch, a color photograph and a black and white photograph are used for reference during this stage of the painting process.

Portrait Painting Process Oil Painting Demonstration

Painting Process 2. Faces of Children This is the second step of my process when painting a portrait. I reviewed all the reference material and spending some time sketching and cropping for composition. I narrowed the reference material down to four head and shoulder photographs that will work well as paintings. I then ask Mom for her thoughts. Mom felt one in particular captured her daughter best. I am now ready to begin painting. On a 9 by 12 linen canvas toned with light grey I begin to wash in the darks with thin burnt sienna and ultramarine blue oil paint. I keep a black and white photograph at the easel as a reference for this stage. I also use a black mirror to check my drawing.

Portrait Painting Process Pastel Color Sketch Demonstration

Painting Process 1 Faces of Children This portrait is for the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA) event Faces of Children co sponsored by Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum. The subject of my portrait is a happy, vibrant and beautiful toddler girl. Prior to our photo and sketch session, Mom and I discussed clothing, background and portrait size. The initial sketch and photo session was at grandma’s house, where my very young subject would be most comfortable. I brought portable background supports, several background options, impact continuous daylight balanced lights with 4 blue max 50 watt bulbs and small soft box, Canon camera, tr

Can’t I Just Send A Photo To Be Painted? Yes But…

It does not give the artist as much useful information as a live sitting. When an artists sets up a portrait reference photo he/she may be looking for a specific color light to make the portrait more interesting. Yes, light has color, just look at a sunset! The subject may be posed to create distinct shadow patterns that are both flattering and help create a sense of volume and space in the final painting. Raccoon shadows around the eyes, mustache shadow patterns under the nose, or a face full of flash destroying all the depth creating shadow patterns, are not great photos to work from. At times it is necessary for an artist to work from old photographs only. I believe it is most difficult t

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