Portrait Painting With A Full Palette

Kristy Gordon, New York Based Artist And Teacher

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
8 Lessons (1h 58m)
    • 1. Portrait Painting: Introduction

      1:07
    • 2. Portrait Painting: Comparative Measuring

      6:39
    • 3. Portrait Painting: Underpainting

      23:57
    • 4. Portrait Painting: How to Mix Any Color

      23:37
    • 5. Portrait Painting: Color Lay In

      12:36
    • 6. Portrait Painting: Big Form Modeling

      15:01
    • 7. Portrait Painting: Describing the Features

      16:30
    • 8. Portrait Painting: Finishing Touches

      18:30

Project Description

Your assignment is to create a full color portrait painting! Follow along with me as I show you how to develop a solid and well structured underpainting, then move to color pay in mixing rich and lifelike flesh tones. From there you'll move to refining the features and details. This class is demonstrated in oils but could be applied to acrylics as well.

Please download the attached files, which include handouts that describe the drawing of the features, a supplies list, a full palette handout, as well as my source photo, which you can work from if you would like.

Let your painting dry between each stage.  If you are using a drying medium such as Walnut Alkyd Medium, Drying Linseed Oil, or Liquin, it will be dry the next day. If you're just using linseed oil it may take a couple days to dry between layers (touch it lightly to check).

This class is demonstrated in oils but could be applied to acrylics as well.

Please download the attached files, which include handouts that describe the construction of the features, a supplies list, a full palette handout, as well as my source photo, which you can work from if you would like. There is also a photo guidelines handout which will guide you if you would prefer to select your own photo to work from.

Upon completion of this class you will have a portrait painting which you are proud of.

Student Projects

project card
Arturo Cabrera
2 comments
project card
Julia Jenkins
1 comment