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Oil Painting – young woman smile green 01


Posted on January 18th, by brad in Female. No Comments

Oil Painting – young woman smile green 01

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A very important painting for me, it was the first time that I had really used a pure lamp black background in a portrait.  The subject is in  direct light so the shadows were very strong in this portrait.  I wanted to paint these dark values to see the effect that it had on the skin tones.

 

Painting time: 1 hour

 

Painting Technique – Initial sketch

This was another painting where most of the initial sketch was about getting the angle of the head right. Anytime my initial sketch was off by a few degrees I found that I started painting the features of the face in weird positions – possibly because the brain tries to correct for the incorrect angle that it sees.

Painting Technique – Brushwork

The brushwork here isn’t as loose as I usually get.  I found that I didn’t need to be all that bold with my strokes in this painting as she has soft skin that blends together.

brad schwede oil painting alla primac

Painting Technique – Skin tones, colors and values..

I remember being aware on this portrait about how blending can be achieved by the values of the paint you lay down.  By stepping down the value of a skin tone you can achieve so much in terms of dimensionality.. Even subtle shifts in value like on the right cheek can create a form.

oil painting alla prima

Painting Technique – overall image

Overall this painting was really about capturing the smile and light in her eyes. I knew that if I got that right the whole style of the portrait was going to follow.





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