Oil Painting Master Series: Portrait Study Part 2

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Lesson Description

Part 2 of an oil portrait study. This module takes a look at adding local tones and values to complete a portrait sketch. In this lesson, we complete the portrait painting by layering heavier applications of oil paints over the underpainting.

Lesson Materials

Palette, canvas, stiff bristle brushes, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, medium, a photo reference or live model.

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Lesson Discussion

  1. I am not sure when he talked about color. He didn’t explain how to make the 3 values. Could you help me out with that. Several times he said about the flesh tones, however, I don’t know how to mix them to get that.
    Thank you

    • Hi Silvia,

      There are a variety of ways to mix skin tones. I suggest using a mixture of a red, yellow, brown, and white. You can experiment with the actual pigments to find a combination that works for your subject. Perhaps try a Cadmium Red for warmer tones or an Alizarin Crimson for cooler tones, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, and Titanium White. Tones can be dulled (for shadows) with a little Ultramarine Blue.

  2. Hi Matt, This course is very helpful for me as I am more interested in oils. I would like to see more tutorials on oil portraits and figures with all details like different flesh tones male portrait, female portrait, child portrait. Thanks.

  3. I can’t see how the colors suggested, yellow, red, blue, were mixed to make the skin values. It seems like other colors were used instead. It seems no blue a all were applied. Too much confuse.

  4. Ashley, I just wanted to thank you and Matt for this amazing course and particularly for the portrait process. I have enjoyed so much at this site over several years and am only now seeing this series. For some time, I have worked with graphite and soft pastel primarily because it seemed so easy to correct with a lightening and darkening technique using pastel, erasers and such. It was not apparent to me at all how to use oil paint in the same give and take way to correct oil marks. This course has been wonderful for helping me to get beyond using only the soft pastels for color. Thanks!

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