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Portrait Painting-Easy Method

teacher avatar Filip Gherghisan & Ramona Toader, Painter

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro video


    • 2.

      1. Supplies and face - first steps


    • 3.

      2. Face


    • 4.

      3. Hair


    • 5.

      4. Face details 1


    • 6.

      5. Face details 2


    • 7.

      6. Hair details


    • 8.

      7. Last steps


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About This Class

Learn the way to paint a portrait with water soluble oils! 

This is a course that consists of lessons regarding water soluble oil painting. In this videos, you will learn the basic materials used in portrait painting, how to mix colors, theoretical and practical facts in the theory of portrait painting, and other elements to help you start your portrait painting journey. 

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1. Intro video: Hello and welcome to our new course. In this course, you will learn how to paint a portrait step-by-step with water soluble oils. Following a guiding image that you will find attached. You will learn how to create a very impressive portrait with lights and shades and all the details. Using eco-friendly, water soluble oils. If you're ready, let's start our course and enjoy our artistic journey together. 2. 1. Supplies and face - first steps: Hello and welcome to a new course. Through this course, we set out to teach you the simplest way to paint a portrait with oils. So you will also learn the oil painting technique, more precisely, water soluble oils. First, let us present the materials and then we will tell you more along the way. We need a palette on which to mix colors, paper. Or you can use any other alternative. A canvas or drawing block for oil or acrylic painting, or even a normal Canvas that you find in art stores. We will also need oil brushes, a knife, a pencil, and the following colors. Titanium white, ivory black, yellow, ocher, cobalt blue, and the cadmium red light. Or we can even use them vermilion color. Attached, you can find a model for you to draw in pencil, because this is not a drawing course, we opted for this option to copy the model that you will find attached and then paint. After you make the drawing on the canvas, we recommend you to dilute a little ocher with water as we don't need any solvent. The colors being water-soluble oils. And we paint all over the canvas preferably in an uniform manner to reduce the tone which being white, it can contrast too much with the colors that we will apply later. This is a trick often used to improve the atmosphere in the painting. Because a yellow canvas is more suitable than a white one. The color is applied directly on the white canvas are generally very vivid. And in this case we do not want this district has beneficial in this case so that the skin tone is very pleasant. Now, let it dry. Usually in approximately two hours, it should be dry. Then we put each color on the palette and we start painting. Usually the general rule is to start with dark shades on the palate. Also, we start painting with a darker shades as we start to outline the crockery in bold lines. For the first shade, we need ochre, red, blue, and a little black. Some use only black, and by mixing with white, they end up having a mix of a blue tint and then they don't use blue anymore. Of course, you can use countless variations on the same theme. For example, you can use the Zorn palette, named after the painter enters Zorn. This type of palette consists of just four colors, being yellow, ocher, ivory, black, vermilion, and titanium white. It works as follows. White and black can be used for changes in value. Ivory black is a relatively cool black and can be used as a very dark substitute for blue. In a very narrow sense, you can think of yellow, ocher, cadmium red light and ivory black as a version of the primary colors. Cadmium red light is the most saturated color on the palette. The next shade we need consists of ochre, red, white, and a little blue. As we said that before. We start with dark tones and slowly build the colored accents, we use the following shade as a general note, being the predominant shade in this portrait. We don't need to be very precise in this phase. In the first phase, we somehow put a structure, a base of shades that are contrasting spots of light. In this portrait. We chose this model as we think it is quite accessible for beginners. And not only for beginners, it takes well-defined spots of light to understand the structure and light of a portrait. The light source in this example falls from left and above the subject. So at the beginning we build a tunnel ensamble. There is no need for color intercalation. Yep. 3. 2. Face: We apply a dark color on all the shaded areas and the lighter shade on the rest of the face. At this moment is a kind of synthesis of the areas of light and shadow, a general scheme to begin with. We also made a slightly lighter shade, adding white in the original light color to mark the illuminated areas of the face, such as the chin. To know where to apply light and shadow, we must look carefully at the reference picture as much as we can. Study it from this point of view, lights and shadows. We add a little white and the lightest color to mark the light areas. These are the areas of light as seen in the picture. We will mark them with an even lighter shade. Adding even more white. We applied the illuminated areas one by one, and thus, we have a very simple and synthetic result. With lights and shadows in clear shades. We mix another color for the hair, but we can also use it for other shades in the portrait. We use the color of the shadow, adding black and blue. We must not use pure black, but a kind of very dark gray. It is generally good to avoid pure black and pure white because these are not natural colors from nature, so they will not look natural. In addition, we want to harmonize the colors with each other without high contrasts. And this is done by borrowing the shade from one another. 4. 3. Hair: Mix the dark hair color well, and then paint the back of the head where the hair is not in the light? Yeah. Considering that the light source is on the top-left, then the front area of the head and hair must be eliminated. To mark this light, we paint with the shadow colors of the phase. We add a little light color to the face stones to mark the brighter areas. For the top of the head, we need to add a little white color to mark the maximum area of light in contrast to the area behind it. Towards the edge of the hair, we shade as much as possible, the darkest area. And it is the cylindrical ends of the hair geometry. We must always take into account the imaginary source of light. The lights and shadows give the correct tree the feeling. 5. 4. Face details 1: He also painted eyebrows will be the same color. Now we complete the previously unpainted areas of hair. Even if the bold use of color as a whole seems unfinished, certain details must be precise, such as the clear delimitation between the nose, the mouth, and the hair this morning being painted with patients. And the limitation is natural due to the contrasts between these elements. We did not use water at all at this stage and at the beginning. Even if the colors are harder to stretch, you will see as more color is added, it is easily unpleasantly shaped. The color consistency taken directly from the tube is very good for what we did with this portrait. Often, it is good to start with some slightly diluted sketches and then edit denser color to be sure of the results. But here we wanted it to be a method as simple and relaxing as possible. It is quite important to change the shades as much as possible at the beginning and not to mix them on the Canvas. For example, we use one brush for each shade and we clean them with a paper towel from time-to-time. You can also use one or two brushes if you rinse them and wipe them as often as possible with a paper towel. For ecological reasons, we try not to consume so much paper. And that's why we chose and paint only with water soluble oil because we try to avoid solvents. These are quite harmful for us, but especially for the environment. There are indeed a co solvents but a better solution. Or the water soluble oil paints. Along with the light on the face, a certain subtle shadow is created, but from the same blending mixes that we already have. For the reasons we mentioned earlier, the lungs of colors that given natural look, it is very important to look at the model you are painting. We know we live in the age of speed, but a very good exercise is to look at the pictures or picture after which we paint. Looking for good minutes, you start to discover new details or shades. A good example is with musicians who listened to a lot of music and create an aesthetic taste and knowledge of styles and details. As with other courses we made, we encourage you to send pictures of the stages you are painting and the final result to give you a feedback and big laugh together. In this stage, we tried to add transition colors between light and dark areas without adding water in colors. All the details we add our Inspire then dictated by the initial picture we took as a model. We also add color in the exterior areas that we omitted. Now we also paint the ear, which has high contrast, useful and necessary to indicate its anatomical shape. 6. 5. Face details 2: We've marked with a very dark shade, the eyebrow, eyelashes and visible nostril. Also with this color, we mark the end of the lips and parts of the ear holes that are more shaded. 7. 6. Hair details: Paint the lips with a little red color mixed in the color of the shadow to give the feeling of complexion consistency. In the brighter area in front. Apply a lighter shade mixed with white. But keeping the same combinations for a Unitarian natural look. As you can see, red is present in other areas of the face, which gives a vivid and very natural look to the portrait. We apply this shade on the nodes, on the ear, on the neck. Now we add some more bright details. We lightened her hair a little bit of white, and we can put a little of the lighter color of the skin. The shades borrow from each other nicely in the painting. And towards the end, we try a little blending with a slight movement of the brush. Then add a few hairs with a little white to give a fluid filling of light. 8. 7. Last steps: Now with a thinner brush, we add fine lines of light, very light color. We return a little over the dark side, even with little black added, so that the contrast is even greater and deeper. When you want to suddenly shade an area. We can use transitions and overlapping for blending. As you can see, we make some subtle transitions between the very dark and the brightest areas. Now we add a few more treads of light with a thin brush. At the end. We have to take a good look at the model and the remaining details and the last accents. Exactly as the model picture indicates. The details make the painting more realistic and full of life. Now for the background, use a combination of ocher, blue and white. We use a little water here to reduce the consistency. Then we add white to blue and a little ocher. We chose to make the background blue because the contrast between the cool color of the background and a portrait is very pleasant. It creates harmony. The colors are almost complimentary. Now we carefully paint the background and notice how it highlights the portrait. Now that's it. Enjoy it. Thank you for your patience and attention and we look forward to your results.