Portrait Painting Basics: Portrait Sketching in Oils

Mark Hill, Fine Artist

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14 Videos (2h)
    • Portrait Sketch Intro

      2:19
    • Brush Suggestions

      7:34
    • Canvas suggestions

      6:19
    • Palette suggestions

      8:21
    • Color Mixing 1

      8:08
    • Color Mixing 2

      6:57
    • Brush Strokes

      10:46
    • Simple Forms in Monochrome 1

      11:29
    • Simple Forms in Monochrome 2

      8:09
    • Color exercise

      11:17
    • Portrait Sketch 1

      9:59
    • Portrait Sketch 2

      7:15
    • Portrait Sketch 3

      9:17
    • Portrait Sketch 4

      13:02

About This Class

Hey everyone! In this class I'm going to be going over a basic approach to doing a portrait sketch in oil paint. These can be fun little exercises that don't require a lot of time, and is a great way to just log in some practice with the medium and portraits as well. 

I'll be going a few different exercises on how to get started just in case you're an absolute beginner. We'll go over some palette and brush recommendations just to help you get started and you'll watch me complete a simple portrait sketch in oil. 

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5 of 5 students recommendSee All

Super smooth intro to portrait painting. Relaxed delivery with great Classical Restraint in a simple color system that is easy to follow. Would work fine with acrylics using a retarder to slow drying time. Opaque watercolors would work well also. Just watching mark build from the ground up is going to get you doing some fine work. Like to see more portraits and more palettesfrom this fine teacher.
Ron Mulvey✏️

Artist / Art Teacher

I enjoyed the advice on limited palette color mixing for skin tones and gradation (shadows to highlights) of the face.
Mikki Reux

Malamik Art

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Mark Hill

Fine Artist

I'm a traditionally trained artist currently residing in New York City. I specialize in traditional mediums from graphite and charcoal to oil painting. I've studied in several places in Southern California, and recently finished my studies in New York at the Grand Central Atelier. I've taught everything from drawing to painting for several years, both publicly and privately. Looking to share what I know and help others on Skillshare!

 

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