How to oil paint
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Edit Edited by Liz Boston, Ben Rubenstein, Axiom, Flickety and 11 others This article will explain how to mix your paint to create realistic looking flesh tones for people in your artwork. Edit Steps
Exactly what colors you use for painting skin tones and how many is a matter of personal preference and style. About the only thing that's certain is that having one or two tubes of paint labeled "skin color" (the names depend on the manufacturer) isn't going to suffice. The paint shown in the photo is a tube of "Light Portrait Pink" acrylic, produced by Utrecht. It's a mixture of three pigments: naphthol red AS PR188, benzimdazolone orange PO36 and titanium white PW5.
Which paint colors or pigments are your favorites when it comes to mixing up skin tones? Do you have a standard "recipe" or set of colors you use? Share Your Color Mixes
I'm not a portrait artist, but one of the projects I set in my Painting I class is to paint a portrait from a photograph. I teach students a very-simple-to-remember "recipe" using approximately seven parts white (I prefer flake white because it's warmer), one part yellow ochre, and a pinch of cadmium red light (about the equivalent to two tenths of one part). For shadows I encourage them to experiment, but using more yellow ochre and cadmium red will gradually darken the skin tones. For more drastic and darker shadows I suggest adding burnt sienna and/or burnt umber and even a little alizarin crimson. For darker skin tones I usually suggest using burnt and/or raw sienna (depending on how "red" the color of the skin might be) and green (the green usually suggested is viridian, but, again, I encourage experimenting until they find something they like). I do encourage strong value contrasts for a more dramatic effect.
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Edit Edited by Ben Rubenstein, Jack Herrick, Krystle C., Versageek and 47 others Have you ever wanted to paint beautiful, expressive paintings with oils? Here are some basics to guide you into the wonderful world of oil paints.
Is it necessary to plan a painting in careful detail before you start, or should you let it evolve as you go along? Planning a painting can be a help as you know exactly what you're going to do, but it could also inhibit spontaneity. Letting a painting evolve as you work is very free and lets you be spontaneous, but also leaves you open to the possibility that the painting won't go anywhere and you'll end up with a mess.
When you decide you'd like to paint, you will likely encounter the art myth that it takes talent. Don't believe it. The desire to learn to paint and enthusiasm are what you need more than anything else.