(Continuing from Part 1…)
With the shadow pattern in place, we can now begin the second part of painting our female face….
Where Light Hits!
I feel it’s important to point out that the planes and methods of painting the nuances that create a human face all can be found within the first, Basic Red Ball exercise. I recommend that you refer to this, as well as the 12 Lights lessons, for clarification, as you proceed with the following demo.
Let’s begin by cleaning my palette and brushes of any shadow residue (I know most of you skip this phase and then wonder why your skin tones aren’t as clean as mine…. You know who you are!) I then create a skin tone mixture, plus variations, as follows:
- Main skin tone mixture: Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange and Juan Brilliant.
- I mix cooler/darker tones for the first layer by adding Viridian to a puddle of skin tone.
- I create a warmer, cleaner, lighter puddles, creating several puddles of“hotter, lighter, brighter tones” by adding more of the warm color; i.e., orange, yellow and using Juan Brilliant to brighten.
- I modify this mixture and create a separate puddle by adding Viridian and/or blue to the mix to modify because (and we’ve already heard this and we’ll hear it again…) “Sameness is boring!”
Let’s see how this works and how these mixtures are applied: First, I’d like to introduce you to the concept of
“3 bands” of underlying colors across the human face.
I will explain the bands as we paint them:
I hope you’ve enjoyed our female face demo and that you’re inspire to ‘have a go!’ I’ve left her a slightly “rougher” than perhaps you might like, mostly so that you can see all the separate elements.
Painting people is seldom difficult for me these days, but it’s only because I have this knowledge. Here are some other examples of females I have painted, all from life. Happy painting!
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