as many of you asked me how to paint a portrait, here you go with my personal 10 step-process. For me it works perfectly. Let me know what your experience is when painting a face or other detailed objects.
Here are my 10 Steps:
- & 2. Primarily you do a charcoal sketch – just the outlines without any shadows. After that I use some Umbra acrylic color to go over the sketch in a more detailed way. Here I do include the dark spots of the painting. I go from the darkest to the lightest parts of the painting.
3. After this first quick painting-session you can almost imagine how your overall painting might look like. Here you can decide if you like to continue or not. Go to the background. You might want to set it dark at first, so you get a better impression of the portrait itself. You can change it later at any time.
4. Start colouring your black-and-white pre-sketch. This is the phase I like the most. Begin again with the darkest parts of your image and go from shadow to light. Use extreme colours. Try to really analyse your image – which colours do you see? There is more green and purple and blue in a face than you would imagine!
5. After that extrem-session. Start over again. Next layer. Now I go back to the face, because it is the most important part of your portrait and start getting a bit more decent in color.
6. Here I start with the clothes of the woman, just to be able to imagine the fit of the colours. As you can see the red does not go with the gold-yellow-greenish mohawk at all…
7. So I try complementary colours. Yellows complementary colour is purple, lets see how that fits into the whole painting. Actually the purple is way to extreme, way to obvious. In a portrait you want the face to be brilliant and the rest is just decent decoration. You don´t want the coat to be the first thing a viewer is looking at.
8. As you can see, I try to lower the effect of the coat. But the purple is still bothering me a lot. Next step is to decide on the background colour. Maybe that decision will help me on the final colour of the coat.
9. As you can see, I tend to be quite expressive in my choices. That turquoise-blue is such a fun colour and it does work quite well with the face and mohawk. And the painting is talking to me indeed – at every step! It is really magical! My gut is telling me immediately how to decide on the colour of the decorative parts. Goldish-green is my choice and it seems perfect. Now it is time to go back to the face. Eliminate some white spots that are left on the edges. The background is still quite rough and needs some fine-tuning in the next level.
10. Finishing of the whole picture is in progress. I put my eyes on the edges, the last strokes on the face. My brush is getting smaller and smaller. I began so roughly but now every step takes me an hour. But you get rewarded by a fun result. At least I like it!
Happy to hear about your experiences in painting. Stay artsy and have a great and fun weekend!