Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light: Oil, Pastel and Watercolor

Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light: Oil, Pastel and Watercolor

Chris Saper

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1440341834

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Inside you'll find guidelines for rendering accurate skin tones in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil and pastel. You'll begin with a review of the five essential painting elements (drawing, value, color, composition and edges), then learn how light and color influence the appearance of skin tones. Best-selling artist Chris Saper provides the advice and examples that make every lesson and technique easy to understand―immediately improving the quality of your work. You'll discover how to:

  • Paint the four major skin color groups (Caucasian, African American, Asian, and Hispanic)
  • Refine these colors into dozens of possible variations within each group
  • Select your palette and mix hues for clean, beautiful colors
  • Determine the color and temperature of light that falls on your subject
  • Paint direct and indirect sunlight, artificial light and highlights of light
  • Master the four elements that determine color in shadow
  • Use photographic references when you can't paint directly from life

You'll also find seven step-by-step demonstrations and an appendix of sample color charts for each major skin type under a range of lighting variations. It's all you need to bring your portraits to life!

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see many photos that adults take of children where the adult gets down on one knee and snaps the standing child. The result is a lot of throat and nostrils. By all means, experiment and enjoy the surprise of unusual viewpoints. For your commissions, though, the just-above-eye-level is a great way to go. T.J. Pastel on La Carte sanded paper 22″ ×16″ (56cm × 41cm) Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Tesdahl Lighting Your Subject Your first lighting decision is whether to use natural or

decisions to be made along the way, and they should be made in a logical sequence. Painting decisions can be grouped into three stages: early, middle and final. The early decisions you will make include selecting the center of interest, resolving the portrait's compositional plan or design, identifying the color of the light source and selecting the color harmony. Take time to think before you paint. Middle decisions, which occur during the painting process, include working the likeness and

drawing) Cadmium Lemon Cadmium Scarlet Ultramarine Violet Alizarin Crimson Ultramarine Blue Phthalo Green Titanium White Ivory Black Three-value thumbnail sketches are a valuable tool in the early decision-making stage of the painting. They take only a few minutes to do and can save you hours of frustration later. Through them you can resolve questions about whether your painting should be about light or shadow, how you can best arrange a value pattern in either horizontal or vertical

palette. 4| Model the Eyes In modeling the eyes, refine the shape of the sockets by placing the brows. Brows curve with the form of the forehead, and therefore are not uniform in color or value. Remember that photos will value-clump the darks, and will also fail to show color differences well in dark areas. When this happens, rely on what you know about color, value and how to make forms turn; use the very same principle in painting the eyebrows. The differences are extremely subtle, but

Materials List • Surface: 18″ × 14″ (46cm × 36cm) Belgian linen canvas • 6B charcoal pencil • Brushes: variety of bristle filberts, nos. 2 through 12; sable brushes for blending, any size • Turpenoid • Standard oil palette (see MINI-DEMONSTRATION 1: CAUCASIAN GROUP, OIL Energy, beauty and charisma all come together in a portrait of this talented young actress. Engage your viewer by painting your model with a straight-on facial position and direct gaze, and create the illusion

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