Thursday, 28 September 2017

Establishing the Darks First in Portrait Painting

Fifth and last face to paint in my portrait!

As Issy has quite dark hair, I wanted to get the darkest darks in as a guide to the shadows on her face.  I've painted in a dark blue/brown for the hair, then blended this into the side of her face with a dark orange.  As I brush towards the middle of the face, I have lightened the orange and made it a bit brighter.  I tend to make it a bit more colourful for the first layer of paint, then soften and tone it down later.

I've roughly made a dark red/purple for the shadow on the forehead which will blend down into the orange shadows.  All these colours and shadows are in keeping with the rest of the faces.

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