Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Shadows and Highlights in Oil Painting

Starting my third little face now.  As always, I begin with the eyes.  Her head is slightly tilted so that her left eye is a little closer to the viewer, and it is in the highlighted side of her face.  Therefore, I have made the left eye a bit sharper, with more contrast and colour than her right eye.  So I have painted the shadows and highlights in this eye with a clean blue.  The same goes with the shadows and highlights on the skin.  The shadowed area under that left brow reflects a lovely orange glow, whereas her right eye is in shadow and therefore is more muted in colour and tone.

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