Master Class Oil Painting: How to paint portrait from photograph.

Master Class Oil Painting: How to paint portrait from photograph.

Hello! Today is a new master class oil painting on canvas. Today we paint a portrait from a photograph.

What are the goals I set myself in this master class oil paintin ?
1. I want to learn how to paint portraits and qualitatively similar. Will paint a portrait in oils on canvas.
2 . I want to learn to paint portraits quickly. I used to throw out the maximum energy to the canvas in a single session. Second, third and other sessions letters portrait for me flour rather than pleasure and flight of the soul. Therefore, this goal was born — a portrait for 1 — 2 sessions. And quality portrait.
I paint portraits from life not I download and print out your favorite character types — from them and paint portraits, but rather learning to paint them.
The essence of this master class oil painting, in which we draw the portrait from a photograph .
We will not make a preliminary pencil drawing as many years teachers teach. We do not have time for this (I have at least). We will write a portrait of technology » in the rush for themselves.» This is an interesting technology paint the portrait, I like it. And I want to share this cool technique quick portrait oil painting with you.

Before paint a portrait I want to make an important point : our untrained eye ( eye novice and inexperienced artist ) sees unfortunately very little of what bears the portrait photo. More precisely, we look, but we do not see. I judge for yourself : a notice for that miss so many details on portrait photography (transition of light and shadow, the proportions depicted portrait, head tilt, displacement of the eye and much more ). But this is all clearly visible in the photograph which I paint portrait. To what I told you? I ask you before drawing portrait please carefully and slowly look at the picture that you paint. The more detail you can see, the better and more beautiful you paint a portrait!
I said a lot higher and it’s time to go directly to the master class portrait painting from photo.
So, take a broad brush and a jar with a tee ( thinner, linseed oil and a little polish ). Put a layer of the tee to the canvas. I advise you to add more linseed oil so as not to dry out very quickly tee on canvas.

Begin to paint a portrait (like any other oil painting) with what we have is at the background. Specifically, in our case, we have a dark background. That’s it we begin to put on canvas. Dark do two colors: red and blue (I recommend to add to them a little dark brown for more black). Their mix, dilute the tee and put on white canvas. In some places, adding to the solution a little yellow (it gives us a heterogeneous deep background). Here and add to favor blue.

I advise you to pay attention to how I hold the brush ( see photo above). Also, this is important is how you apply the paint to the canvas. Look at the photo above — all strokes are roughly in the same direction, about the same rhythm.

I am writing to slack on the stretcher canvas — no difference in principle — but I feel so comfortable and dry store canvases. Not occupy much space.

So, we have covered the entire surface of our dark canvas. We clearly visible brush strokes — and it’s not very good in this case. They will distract our gaze from the foreground. We have a life-saving tool — a palette knife. My favorite palette knife!

 We take a palette knife and lay it flat, begin to drive the paint on the canvas. As a result, where the excess paint on a canvas — a palette knife carries them to the place where the lack of paint on canvas. In short are leading palette knife on canvas and the paint itself is evenly distributed. Turbidity appears the background — and that we just need!
The next stage of the master class: we need to outline our future portrait on canvas. And here we go is not the way you are all — we do not adumbrate the face, neck and torso.
Palette knife slightly remove paint from our future path portrait. We begin with a minimum silhouette — and it will continually expand to the desired contour. Writing from a smaller — for more. And, if we climbed the confines of our future portrait on canvas — we can easily fix that its borders finger. Just move the finger (the main thing that the back layer of paint has dried up is not) — it is easy to learn — you need to try again.
Council to give the location of future portrait on canvas special attention and time. As can be seen in the photo above — I flunked face to the left side. Portrait turn left. It does not suit us and we quietly overwritten by the left side painted with a palette using a palette knife. This is done simply and quickly. Focus is always on the center of the image and the center of the canvas. Answer the following questions : Where is the center line located person: left or right , up or down? This will help you locate precisely the future portrait on canvas.
Now take the new paint and do batch. Take the yellow , red and a little more brown paint . Mix these colors on the palette and palette knife turns yellowish- amber color. And begin to apply it to our silhouette.
Apply the paint in thin layers. If we put a thick layer of paint, then it will be difficult to «move our circuit.» Then begin to expand our finger loop to the desired size.
Next, mix dark brown and blue. We get hair color. We should be laid about him with a palette knife. At this stage, drawing portraits all possible actions do not approximate and the precise edges of the silhouette.
If not very good palette knife work, then we will gain our finger! It is our finger easily and accurately report the paint to the right place for us on the canvas. Do not forget about this valuable too!
Where the paint has dried on the canvas or it is not enough — we report from the palette and rub into the surface of the canvas with his finger.
The next stage of writing a portrait picture — we need to find the approximate facial features. That is, the line of the lips, jaw line, around the tip of the nose, depression eyeballs.
To do this, mix the following oil paints on a palette knife palette : brown, red and yellow. We should get a brown- amber color mixing. To us it was easier to navigate where the facial features are in the portrait — we put a finger shadow components of the future portrait. Look at the photo and drag around shady spots. I outlined at the pictures below red circle is the place.
Shadow under the lower lip, the whole neck almost in the shadow, the shadow between the shoulder blades — do not forget about all their show on the canvas. Then find about lips and show them on canvas finger.
Relatively lip is approximately shadow under the nose. And with respect to these marks find the location of eyes. At this stage, we put collectively eyes.
And oil paint allows us to move the finger as the eyes, and any other part of the body until it began to dry. And so it does not dries too fast in the beginning we tee added linseed oil. That is why it is useful to us.
We continue to refine the contour and features a portrait of the future. To do this, look at the picture, we take from the palette you want us to paint your finger ( from ready- mixes ).
After a brief clarification we need to put a finger pupils so that » they looked at us», that is to put them naturally. To use this batch of red and blue oil paint.
And immediately after that the dark pupils, Put your finger gently bright whites eyeballs. Use white + blue + a little bit of red. Just do not put pure white!
In the photograph of the girl black hair and on our canvas lighter. Take a spatula hands, knead the blue and red colors in equal proportions and make our future hairstyle portrait 🙂
Tip: Try to work immediately on the entire surface of the painting. If you are stuck in one place — throw and go to another area.
Then we look at the umbra and penumbra photos and transfer them around the canvas. We are moving from dark to light. At this stage we have not yet imposed light areas, and while working with shadow.
Now begin to slowly brighten. To do this, take a lighter paint (add white and yellow). And to look at the photo — portable lighter areas of the body.
Turn came to put our girl in a dress. For this we use our favorite palette knife. Dress — this is our front. A front always asks more paint. Therefore, put the paint generously.
Finally it was the turn for clarification. In other words, we will be making light skin. To do this, add to an existing batch for skin white and yellow. But them we add a little bit.
But the brightest parts of the body we do not touch. Once we did it — begin to apply for a new round of shadow and light fragments portrait that we have missed or not seen.
Then I think to finish our new master class oil painting : How to paint a portrait from a photograph, as all our subsequent actions are repeated.
I highly recommend to see the video recording of this master class oil painting. Here ‘s something I forgot to say something omitted as unnecessar , but in the video you can see everything and all stages of drawing a portrait from a photograph I blurt.
Artist Valery Rybakow