Wednesday, 16 May 2018

More Background Tips for Painting Portraits

I always try to use the same colours for the background that I have already decided on for the portrait. I use a limited palette, so it's just a matter of mixing your existing colours together to create harmony throughout the painting.

So now, I can see that a very dark hue is needed for the shadowy side of the face to bring out the flesh tones.

Now that I am happy with the tone and colour, I can use these background colours to paint into the side of the face and work it into the shoulder to keep the edges soft.

When I do the hair, I will do the same so that it is soft against the background.

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