Sunday, 22 April 2018

What is a Basic Palette for Portraiture Painting?

As always, I've started with the eyes, blocking them in so that I can work around them.

I'm using my basic colour palette for portraiture - Cadmium Red and Cadmium Lemon for a lovely deep orange with a dot of Pthalo Green (you can substitute this with Viridian).  The green greys off the bright orange so that when you add white, you should get a lovely flesh tone.  I am making my highlights quite orange in this portrait, but you can adjust these colours to suit the flesh tone you are after.  I also add Permanent Rose to my basic mix to some of the pinker areas of the face - nose, cheeks and lips.  For shadows, I like to use Ultramarine Blue to the basic mix.

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