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Portrait Painting From A Photo: Underpainting

Kristy Gordon, New York Based Artist And Teacher

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9 Videos (44m)
    • Introduction

    • Photo Guidelines

    • Toning The Canvas

    • Materials

    • Comparative Measuring

    • Blocking In The Proportions

    • Blocking In The Proportions 2

    • Refining The Underpainting

    • Conclusion

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About This Class

Have you felt drawn to oil painting but are unsure how to begin?  In this 45-minute class, New York based artist and teacher Kristy Gordon will take you through the stages to developing a portrait painting in oils using photographic reference. You will learn how to select a good photo to work from, how to tone your canvas before you begin and how to use oil paints so that they're fun and easy. Kristy will walk you through measuring techniques that will ensure that you get accurate proportions and a good structure to your portrait.  Then she will demonstrate step-by-step how to develop a monochromatic underpainting using Burnt Umber oil paint. With this foundation, you will be ready to move to color in the next class, where Kristy will show you exactly how she mixes the flesh tones that she's mixing! 

After you've completed your underpainting move on to the color class here.

Check out my other classes:

Composition in Art

Portrait Painting with a Full Palette

Portrait Painting from a Photo: Color

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Great class, thank you
Kristy Gordon explain bery clear and easy how to do everything. I love her
Vera clear and concise, and really a lot of insights. I learned quite a lot, especially with measuring and comparing proportions. Also really nice to see the stages and the overall process and what to do when you make mistakes and how to go forward. So happy I stumbled into this class, but for now I’m going to try and incorporate this to digital painting.





Kristy Gordon

New York Based Artist And Teacher

Kristy Gordon has ten years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures and classes throughout North America. She has taught at numerous institutions and academies including the New York Academy of Art and The Academy of Realist Art. Kristy exhibits her work internationally and has earned numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America. She has been widely featured in magazines, ar...

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