Child portrait in mixed media | Doris Charest | Skillshare
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13 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. 1. Materials that you will need

    • 3. 2. Drawing a baby - guidelines

    • 4. 3. Let's start to collage

    • 5. 4. Putting down your first layer of collage

    • 6. 5. Adding your first layer of paint

    • 7. 6. Adding grey and creating contrast

    • 8. 7. Adding even more layers of paint

    • 9. 8. Adding white for greater contrast

    • 10. 9. Adding black

    • 11. 10. Adding detail to your portrait

    • 12. 11. Final steps to the portrait

    • 13. Conclusion

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Join me in learning techniques to creating a portrait in mixed media.  This is the first of three portraits. We will cover different techniques and basic techniques for a great result.  You will be guided through a step by step process that will lead to a finished portrait.  Choose your own image and create a wonderful portrait of your own making. Have fun learning new techniques while creating a portrait of your own. 


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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Introduction: child. Mixed media Portrait's by door Sorry, welcome to my first part Tricked demo. I have a lot of practice teaching the fine arts. I have a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in visual art education. I've taught classes all over, and I love contemporary art. What I present here is very simplified in order to get you going right away. The very first part of this portrait course is learning a boat proportions for the baby. And then we're going to add collage and paint and will layer all the different mediums together, will add markers, will add inks, all kinds of things to create a collage just the way you want it and creating just the right effects. So join me in creating your very first child mixed media art portrait. 2. 1. Materials that you will need: here at the materials you will need. You're going to need acrylic paint. Choose your favorite colors. You're going to need a painting surface, like paper or canvas. You could also use illustration board. If you have it, you need brushes, different sizes, a small one and a large one would do fine. You need collage papers, these air papers that you can make on your own with tissue papers, as in my first course on mixed media for beginners or collage papers that you buy and acrylic gel. This is used to glue down the collage papers and protect a surface of those papers. Here's some optional materials that I have used in this demo. Watercolor paints, watercolor crowns or pencils, Acrylic pence in different colors, and I'll explain that what they do the demo you'll need water soluble graphite or a dark watercolor pencil. This is optional because you could also water down your paint, and it would do the same thing Inc again. You could use your paint water down a little bit, and you would do the same thing. But if you have them, you can take them out and used um, so that's all you need to get ready and we'll see you in the next section. 3. 2. Drawing a baby - guidelines: welcome to Mixed Media Portrait's Part one. The first part is actually doing your drawing, and what we're going to do here is this cost of proportions, because the proportions air a little bit different for Children. Generally speaking, the eyes are the halfway mark for adults, but with Children, the eyes are a little bit lower down and there's more off the skull part, so we need to take that into consideration. I noticed, too, that in between the eyes, there is more room than with an adult. So with adults, the width between the eyes is actually the with of one eye. But with Children, it's a little further apart than that. So let's watch the video and learn some more, drawing a baby's face So a baby's face is actually more or less ground compared to a Nadal that's an oval. So keep that in mind. The important part is that the middle line starts at the eyebrows, and then about 1/4 of way. The way down are the eyes. 1/4 of the way down from there is the nose, and 1/4 of the way down from there is the mouth. So from the eyebrows down. You divide your drawing into four different parts. Notice where the line goes, so the eyes are in a different section, so the eyes air just above the quarter line the nose just above the half line, the mouth just above the middle line. So do this. Now draw a drawing of a baby or child and we'll see you in the next section. Once you have your drawing, the next thing you knew, next thing is to transfer the drawing. So what you're going to do is you're going to take a HB pencil and ordinary pencil and scribble on the back like this. She want to scribble in three different directions of possible and really dark in the back of your drawing. This creates your own transfer paper, and you don't have to go by in any transfer paper, so you could might need to sharpen your pencil in between. But make sure it's nice and dark. If it's not dark, it won't transfer well. So you're dark ing it, darkening it very well. And then what you will do is trace the drawing onto your canvas or your paper surface. Now I've chosen a paper surface and I'm going to transfer it onto my paper surface. So all I do is trace. A really sharp pencil is the key, so I'm going to just trace every single line. As you can see, I don't quite compute perfectly, but the idea is that you have to your basic shapes there and then you can get started on collage ing. So there it issue have transferred your surface. You can trace it again so that you make sure that you have all the lines that you need. And here we go. We just traced the whole thing all over again. This gives you the starting background. So now you're going to have the most, and you trace absolutely everything you need. If you want to keep the lines light, you can do that. You don't have to retrace. No, I'm tracing upside down and in a really awkward way. So I'm not doing a really good job on tracing the exact lines, but take the time you need to trace it Well, so see you in the next section. 4. 3. Let's start to collage: Welcome back. Now we're going to start the actual painting. Collage is the first step. So what you need to do now is to collect all your materials that you're going to collage and put them in one spot. Yet a container of jail medium in a brush and we're going to start paint is the second step , and then we layer paint and collage and create a variety of effects. In this course, what I'm going to show you is lots of different techniques. It's up to you to choose which ones you want to use. You can use all of them, or you can use just one or two of them. The choice is yours. The good part of creating mixed media portrait is that everyone's going toe have their own look. You're going to have different materials than I will. You're going to choose different colors. You're going to just have a different style than I will. And it's all good because there's as many ways to create collage and mixed media as there are people. So that's one thing to keep in mind. Now what I want you to do is get your imperials ready and watch the next set of videos. There's going to be several videos in the role, each showing the steps and I'll see you after they're done. So you in the next video. 5. 4. Putting down your first layer of collage: adding collage to your portrait by Doris Shoni. So what I'm going to do now is at papers are collage to the drawing that I did in the previous section. Remember that I had an old watercolor that I washed out and put the drawing on there. And now I'm going to collage on top of it. I'm using books. I'm using maps. I'm using tissue papers from my first course that where I taught you how to paint your old papers. If you're interested in painting your own papers, just go look for my very first course Mixed media for beginners. Now, in this case, I'm using found papers as well. That means papers that I got at the wrapping store or usually the dollar store, and I'm mixing it up. What you want to do is to combine papers that are similar in color. So here I have oranges and pinks and light purples. And if I look on the color wheel, I'm going toe also have probably blues and some darker purples. At the moment, all I'm trying to do is to cover the surface. Keep in mind that if you don't like what you've done after it's dried. You just collage on top of it again. The Onley thing that can happen is that you're painting will get thick and heavy. Now, these papers that you're seeing now are papers that I painted myself in the style off my very first course. And I've decided, I think I'd like to cover up most of the face, some going to aim at using beige papers and then we'll see what happens. Sometimes I'm working intuitively. So what I do is I collage papers and I think, Oh, that looks great. And then the next day it either looks wonderful or it looks terrible. One of the two These are papers from patterns and I'm collage ing the whole face in order to give it that beige. Look, if you notice when the papers overlap, it creates another color. So I have variations on that beige. I'm just going to work at covering the whole face and covering the paper as much as possible. Remember to use a lot of gel. If you don't, you will be soaring because you'll end up with too many bumps. So don't be afraid to use a lot of gel. I may be repeating myself, but it's a fairly important strategy, so notice that I always put gel over the paper as well. So when you use one color, usually you try to repeat it in two other areas. If you notice I wet the paper to give it that same kind of angle as the face. So I put gel under, and then I collage my paper over. So the easy way to make a line is to just draw with water on your paper, and then it just tears into that shape, and here I've been covering up some more. I'm going to repeat that flower pattern on the other side, add lots of gel and added on, this is a block paper. If you are going to buy papers, it's usually best for you to buy them in light colors. Some colors, like red and black and green fade, and it doesn't take very long that your collage loses its brightness and color. Once you've actually glued it down, the edges are wet, so it's really easy to tear. I wouldn't keep adding patterns and designs as I go along, so when I add a color all added in three different areas, usually Ah, small medium in the large area. In this case, I have to mediums or large, depending on the way you look at it. But I'll make sure eventually to add another part. So this is ribbon that I've bought, and it comes with glue at the back and I test it, See if I like it. It's got beautiful butterflies, something that this child I'm collage ing loves. I added, in three different places, small, medium and large. If I decide I really like that ribbon and I want to keep it there, then they will use gel add do it again. So now I've decided to repeat the pattern, and I'm just going to use the underside of that ribbon and just put it in different places again. Small, medium and large spots. So then if I like it, I gel it down. If I don't like it, I don't. So I decided I liked it. Here's your first step. Put your first layer off tissue papers and then we'll see you in the next section. 6. 5. Adding your first layer of paint: adding paint to your collages by Doris Shy Here I've added pieces of paper, and you saw this in the LAX last section. I'm just repeating it, and I'm gluing them in a little better. And now I'm going to add paint at this stage. At this stage, I have to let my collage dry first, and then I add the paint. It's very important for you to do that part. So when your collages dry, then you can have the pink. Here. I'm going to add paint on the baby's face, and it's already dry. So I'm adding on lier off off white because I don't actually like that layered paper anymore. Yeah, the beginning. I thought it was a good idea. And then I realized, Yeah, not really a good idea. So I'm going to add the white. I'm going to add bits of pink. So remember that when you're adding paint to a painting added and more than one place if I'm adding pink on the baby, I'm adding pink elsewhere, so I add little touches of pink, and I spread it around. Now it's more or less reasonably dry, so I'm going to add another layer of skin color to the baby. Now, for a skin color you need. Yeah, low occur a round, usually a cool round. His better because the warm reds are little to orange. Ah, bit of black and a bit of white, and you mix those colors to get the color you want the skin color you want. So if a baby is very light skin, you add more white. For Baber, baby is darker in skin color than you. Add a little more black or limb or red or little more yellow joker, depending on the color you want, you have to experiment with this. I'll see what you really like here. I'm adding bits of tinted. Wait to the white of the eye. Remember that the white of the eyes not necessarily white. Wait, it's usually tinted pink tinted in a different color. It shouldn't be. I should say, being really, really Wait here. I'm adding another layer of red and then tinting it wrist the white. I'm going to add more layers after this. This is on Lee, one of the first layers, and so I can put the color down and I could be heavy handed, like I'm doing right now, and then I'll change it later and smooth things out and add the colors to the point that I likes. Um, so just boldly put the colors in first, and then we will smooth out. Now our baby's nose usually has pink on it, and so does between the eyes a little above between the eyes. And here I'm using some birth Seanna to create a little darker color. So to the yellow Joker, the rant, the white and the black, I've added a bit of burnt sienna. There's going to be quite a few layers on the skins. This is just like the basic lier, and this baby is going to have brown eyes because my Children had brown eyes. And then I will tweak everything once this basically or is dry and add more detail. So what I'm doing now is making sure that I'm covering everything up really well, so that when I add the next layer, I can be more serious about what tints and hints of color that I want in certain places and where I'm going to put the shading at the moment. I'm just trying to cover all that tissue paper up, so do this stage now and we'll see you in the next section 7. 6. Adding grey and creating contrast: adding Great to your portrait by Doris Shoulder. So what I do to create shaded areas and have it sink really deeply into the texture of the tissue paper or the collage? I use watercolor pencils, and I use water soluble graphite. So what I could do with a pencil is that can just draw the areas I want and then dissolve it just like this and create darker areas. Now this baby's hair is not going to be really black, but I want shaded areas. So this is the water soluble graphite. See how much darker it is, and then it really sinks well into the the texture of the paper. And I love that part. So what I'm doing is I'm adding it on, and I'm letting it sink in between the cracks. Make sure you use a lot of water and it sinks right in. It makes a great effect, and it's something that I've not seen others used, but it works like a charm for mixed media. Now, water soluble graphite is available at most art supply stores. It comes in a brick like that, or it comes in a pencil. You can choose you conduce this same effect with water color crayons and at the shading with the water color crayons if you like, or you can use water color. I often use watercolor to sink into the texture of the paper, and that way I get to see a lot of the texture. And I added in just like this, and I choose areas now when you're adding your darks, keep in mind that you want to add darks in three different areas and you want to balance it out. You want to have a large area, a medium area in the small area you want. Create a triangle so that your eye goes all around the portrait, so it starts at the bottom, goes to the left, goes to the right, and you have dark areas that your eyes follow and highlight the portrait so you wanna pick three different area small, medium and large. Now, when this graphite or watercolor pencil dries, it'll dry later. This looks very dark at the moment, but once it's dry, it's going to be a lot lighter than what you see. But keep in mind, you need to find three different area. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section 8. 7. Adding even more layers of paint: first steps to painting the face, and that's painting the face in rail detail before, when I had done has put a base layer on just behind the tissue paper. And now I'm going to add more detail now if you remember the basic shapes that I showed you in the beginning. Drawing what I'm going to do now is emphasized those shapes. So really, make sure that the eyes air well defined and have some very light eyebrows. Remember that in an eyebrow is almost the same. Height is on the height of the eye and make sure you have enough space there because eyebrows were actually higher than a lot of people think. As we get older, our eyebrows get darker and thicker and heavier on the top. In the middle of the knows, there's usually a lighter area. Usually there's a lighter area around the height of the cheekbone, and below that height area. There's often a very pinkish area, so that's what I'm doing now. I'm going to lighten the top lip and just have it so it's a little lighter than the bottom lip. Keep in mind that these there's little oval lighter shapes on the lip, the top two parts and the bottom lip, so there's like three ovals of lighter color on the lips. I may not be able to do this right away, but I'm going to give it a try and then make sure that the shape is just right. The shape I'm looking for is very full. This baby has very full lips, and that's what I want to portray again. I don't want to create all the details. I want the face of the baby to be recognizable. But I don't want so much detail that all I do is put in detail. I want basic shapes. I want the collage to be the important part. It may take several layers for you to do this. I know it will take me several several layers, and then I will keep tweaking until I'm happy with what I've got. When you're painting like this, it's never one step process. It's a multi step process. Here's highlights user important areas, the highlight often there. So keep painting and adding a little bit of detail to your face. Member. Keep it simple. Do this now and we'll see you in the next step 9. 8. Adding white for greater contrast: I didn't light by Doris. OK, here I have a problem Mine video that I took of this section throws up and I couldn't manage to fix it. So what I will do is go through what I did so using white paint or white acrylic marker because you can buy acrylic painting the marker. And that's when I used for these lines that you can see. But for the little marks that went in between the butterfly shapes like that least that I bought, I used paint, so I used white paint. You can use either of these for drawing around the design. So what I did is I just outlined some of the collage. I didn't outline it all because I'm going to be using a black marker later on to highlight some of it. But I wanted a little bit of black and I wanted a little of white. No, you don't have to use white yuk. Unbind these markers in any color you want. You can also use any color of paint that you want. You could make thes outlines in any color that you would like. You're painting. Might not look good with weight. You're painting might look good with another color here. I could have used pink because repeating colors is important. I could have used purple. I could have used that gold color. I could have used yellow any of thes with the work, and the effect would have been just a good just different. So make your choices choose what you would like to do the most. What colors you would like. Decide if you want to use peat or if you want to use in acrylic marker. These acrylic markers are available at any art supply store. So do this part now and we'll see you in the next section again. I apologize for my video freezing up. I don't know what happened there. My technical knowledge isn't good enough for me to explain it. See you in the next part. 10. 9. Adding black: adding black to your collage by Doris. Sorry. Now we're going to add even darker dark here. I'm using one of those markers and it's ah to make the iris. No, my marker isn't doing very well, so I'm going to switch to ink now, as you notice. See that dark gray that you had before? It's now become very light, so this paint dries a lot lighter. So I'm going to add a little bit of ink for the Irish, and I'm going to add some dark areas. All I'm going to do is highlight some areas that I think will be important to drag or bring my eye towards the poor trip and kind of highlight the portrait. I don't want anything that will distract us, but I want something that will bring my eye there. And I'm going to pick three different areas Toe highlight. So I'm going toe, highlight the hair a little bit. I'm going to highlight some of the chin and I'm going to highlight some of the background but Onley in three different areas. And here we go. And like I did with the white areas, I want to create something that leads my eye towards the portrait, not take away from the portrait, but adds to the portrait. And I keep painting until I like what I see here. You have to be intuitive. You have to take the time to just decide where it should go. And I like to write text sometimes. And sometimes it's text that I right upside down, just like Leonardo da Vinci did. And sometimes I just make marks that look like text here I wrote I love you, but backwards, like there now doe dit And uh, that's Leonardo da Vinci. It just makes it for more interesting times. Here I have my white acrylic marker, and I add some white to be here. I don't really like that color that I have there, and I don't like the dark either, So I'm going to change it up, and I'm going to add a few more little white lines and just keep it simple. So here's the next step at a dark change things up a bit of a line, see what you can do, and we'll see you in the next section. 11. 10. Adding detail to your portrait: adding more detail to your portrait by Doris. Sure, there. So I decided I didn't like those white lines, and I'm going to cover them up and add some lighter colors. And when I blend the two together, it looks better. It looks more like hair. So I'm adding those in, and I'm creating the effect that I wanted there a little more natural and less linear and less garish, So I'm happier with what's happening there. This is the time where you start tweaking your portrait and start adding details and fixing the things you don't like. So this is the step to fix. So I'm doing just that. I'm going to just tweak the hair until I'm happy, and then I'll work on the face itself and just made me a little longer hair. It's starting to look a little better, and they're ago. We add a little more right There looks a lot better already way better than they did in the last section. So now I'm going to have a few light areas. Lighten the eyebrows because the hair is a lot later at lightning eyelashes, so that looks better. Already a little highlight in the eye at little highlights with the lips. This is a great step. It starts looking alive when you do this and then you soften those highlights and it looks just awesome. It looks like it's riel, so just keep adding and tweaking until it looks good. So the lips always have those three highlights. The eyes have those highlights that you can see, and they're usually the light that's shining on our round eyeball. The eyes were not flat, like a lot of times that we think lips are really soft, too. So if you can soften those lips that look a lot better and then just keep tweaking, adding little cheek highlights, adding more shading anything that you would like to add in the portrait starting to look better already. Now, probably once I'm done this painting this demo, I will go back and tweak some more. In fact, I'm pretty sure I will. So, uh, don't be afraid to put quite a few layers on and just tweak it till your ex really, really happy about it. Now that eyebrow is a little too heavy, so I'll just lighten that area there. See, I'm tweaking already. Keep I just keep adding and adding until things look better and I'm happy with it, you can add a lot of detail and just soften those areas. The idea is to keep everything soft. So do this step now and we'll see you in the next section. 12. 11. Final steps to the portrait: final steps to your portrait by Doris Survey Here, I'm going to use some fine tip markers and add some more fine detail. This is optional. You don't have to do this, but this portrait is meant to show you different techniques that you can use in fact, any of these techniques. If you don't want to use them, you don't have to. This is just a way for me to show you different ideas, different suggestions that you can do. You can use Ah, Sharpie or you can use archival markers. Now our Carvel mark markers are meant to last a long time. And sharpies, they say, will only last 10 years. If you put your portrait in direct sunlight, it would last longer than that. If you don't put it in direct sunlight, it's up to you, which you want to use. I use both and depending on the project. Otherwise I use archival markers, and they're both different archival markers. You can get a really fine tip one and do even more fine detail. But with sharpies, there's only one side's for these fine markers. Sometimes what I like to do is add more detail like this and just create a little bit of an fact that brings the eye towards the portrait. So I have larger black marks and then I have smaller black marks that bring my I towards the portrait. And then I have details that bring my eye towards the portrait. So I tryingto planet so that everything leads towards the figure and brings my eye towards that sugar and these little details. You don't have to put them everywhere. You just put him in these unique spots, that kind of ad visual effect that lead towards the child. I also try to put in marks that are random, so I follow the texture of the collage. So sometimes I'll add flowers or shapes that look like flowers, or I will follow the texture and the pattern in the collage it Selves. The choice is yours. But remember, when you add this detail, don't add it in just one spot. Spread it out over the portrait itself, use it in at least three different spots and use it in areas that will bring your eye towards the court ridge. The figure itself, the portrait of the baby. You want this to be about the baby, not about the beautiful painting marks that you're making or the beautiful collage that you're adding. It's about the baby There. I'm adding marks and just using random patterns in the texture of the paper or creating random marks. This is what I find works best. I'm adding white, and I'm adding black, but you can use other colors as well. I often use colors that they're the same color as the collage, so I could have used pink acrylic markers. I could have used gold acrylic markers. I could have used orange acrylic markers, or I could have used purple acrylic Marco's. All those would have been acceptable. I just chose White because it's easier for you to see. I'm thinking I have too much information there and they would look better cropped. So sometimes when I put a frame around it like this, I see the portrait better. So here I've looked at it, and I think, Oh, I need some of those small lines in the hair. Maybe I'll even add some to the eyes later, but not at the moment. But seeing how cropping makes it look different. So that's something you might want to do. In fact, I've decided to add Lou to the face itself. And, uh, I think that's enough. The goal is for you to focus on the figure on the portrait of the baby. So if it means I have to cut some of my paper off, so be it. So that's it for now. We'll see you in the conclusion. 13. Conclusion: conclusion. Remember to enjoy the process of creating Take your time, think about your decisions, mixed media as an intellectual exercise. So you need to think out all the steps. But most of all, I hope you had fun, and I hope you learned lots of new techniques. And I'll see you in the next course where I do two more kinds of mixed media portrait. It's mixed media child portrait, so I should say so we'll see you in the next corns.