Portrait Painting with Different Palettes

Lessons
6 Lessons
Skill Level
Int. & Adv.
Views
4
Duration
10h 43m

Description

In this course you'll learn how I create a portrait painting from a live model using two different palettes and two different approaches. In Part 1, we'll explore how to paint form by form with a limited palette inspired by the Swedish painter Anders Zorn. The 2nd part will cover a more general to specific approach and an expanded palette of eight pigments.

Zorn Palette

Using a limited palette of just titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium red, and ivory black pigments, we will discover how to achieve a surprisingly expansive range of colors through careful modulations of hue, value, and chroma. By limiting the number of pigments to the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue, we can explore color space in a controlled manner and develop strategies for translating the seemingly elusive colors we perceive in human flesh. 

Following the initial linear block-in, I proceed to rendering one area at a time, seeking to match specific color relationships and create a convincing sense of dimensionality. 

Composition, anatomy, diffuse vs. specular reflection, simultaneous contrast, optical vs. conceptual analysis, paint application, edge quality and materials will be discussed throughout as I endeavor to create a sensitive and sculptural head study of Jamaal.

Full Palette

For this setup you'll learn how to create a portrait painting from a live model using a rational, organized approach and a palette of eight pigments. The process begins with a linear block-in emphasizing accurate proportion, anatomical structure, and shape specificity.

Following the block-in, I lay in several large, general tones to create an initial impression of the light effect and local color, then proceed to rendering one area at a time to completion, seeking to evoke particular hue/value/chroma relationships and create a convincing sense of dimensionality.

Composition, anatomy, diffuse vs. specular reflection, simultaneous contrast, optical vs. conceptual analysis, paint application, edge quality and materials will be discussed throughout as I endeavor to create a sensitive and sculptural head study of Jamaal.


What you will learn

1Achieve Accurate Proportions
I will show you how to use a variety of measurement techniques to accurately capture the model's proportions and unique character with a sensitive, structural block-in.
2Understand Light and Shadow
I'll introduce critical concepts necessary to translating the complexity of nature into the simplified world of a drawing such as specular vs diffuse reflection and simultaneous contrast.
3Render the Light Effect
Using both optical and conceptual modes of analysis, I'll demonstrate how to translate the light effect on the model in a powerful yet subtle way.
4Range and Resolution
Learn how to achieve your desired aesthetic outcome by organizing the range and resolution of your drawing along three stylistic axes: sculptural, graphic, and atmospheric.
5Interpret Color
I’ll show how I utilize Munsell color theory to analyze and translate color relationships according to the shifting relationships between the properties of hue, value, and chroma.
6Color Mixing and Form Modeling
See how I develop a string of subtle flesh tones as I work slowly across the surface of the painting, sculpting each form to achieve a sense of dimensionality and accurate color.

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Watch step by step video demos from start to finish with educational commentary from the instructor. Most of us are visual learners (we’re artists!), so reading about it or hearing it explained is not enough. We have to see it!
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