Monday, 2 July 2018

Coloured Pencil Drawing

Trying out my hand at coloured pencils.  This is my first drawing since probably high school so I know it needs a bit of work, but I had fun doing it.  I have bought a few more pencils now so hopefully I'll get the skin colour looking more like flesh tones. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Portrait of Son and Granddaughter

I dragged the background and edges of the clothes out towards the edges of the canvas to give it a more interesting and modern look.  It can still be framed if needed.  And now it's on to my next project!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Painting Noses on Baby Portraits

I think the most important thing to remember when painting a nose is that it is just a projection and should have no hard edges.  You are relying purely on shadows and highlights.  The nostrils shouldn't be too prominent and hard - keep them soft and fairly flat across the top.  The end of the nose should be the lightest - light areas indicate projection, dark areas depth.  Round the nose off with a light purple/pink shadow mix.  Noses tend to be a little more pink, especially on babies, so I add a little Permanent Rose to the mix.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Lovely Painting by Kathy B.

Kathy has completed another beautiful work of art.  The focal point (the chair) is colourful and sharp against a soft, cool background.  She has used purples to create harmony throughout the painting.  Great job Kathy!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Painting Baby's Skin in Oils

Baby skin is softer, pinker and smooth.  So I've added some Permanent Rose to my basic mix of colours (Cadmium Red, Lemon and Pthalo Green) to make the skin appear soft and pink.  In this portrait, I am leaning towards a purple hue to match the rest of the painting.  To make the skin appear smooth, I have lightened it somewhat and feathered off any hard edges.  To do this, I will go over the edges with a soft, dry brush, brushing until the edges of colour are indistinguishable.  I still have to add the orange hues to the baby to match the other face.

You'll notice I have roughly brushed in the baby's top with a purple/pink colour that I think will complement her skin.  I can compare this now to her flesh tones, and work on her highlights and shadows to suit.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

How to Paint Eyes in Oil





The eyes are the most important part of this portrait because both faces are looking directly at the viewer.  I paint in the whites of the eyes first, giving them a purple/pink hue to match her dark blue eyes.  At this stage, I've just blocked in the colour of the eyes.

With a dark purple mix, I've outlined the irises and darkened up the eyes underneath the eyelids.  Lastly I use this mix to fill in the pupils, feathering them into the blue slightly.

I've added some highlights to the eyes near the bottom of the iris and flecked these in and around the pupils, just positioning them in the right spot at this stage.

I'll go over the eyes later when they are dry, adding more contrast and sharpness.