Enhance your portraits as you create, apply and blend true-to-life skin tones. Join me for my online Craftsy class, Paint Better Portraits: Realistic Skin Tones, and learn to confidently paint convincing complexions for people of all different ethnicities, ages and genders.
Paint Better Portraits: Realistic Skin Tones
Paint convincing complexions in oil alongside artist Brian Neher. Start by taking reference photos that complement your subject, and set your palette up for success. Next, build the skills to identify and mix warm and cool skin tones. You’ll also mix a variety of grays that will bring depth to your work. Watch your canvas come to life as you block in major shapes and master brush control techniques that will help you apply paint with confidence. Then, enhance the clarity and richness of your work as Brian walks you through blending skin tones, building contrast and finishing your portrait with lifelike details. Plus, explore brushstroke methods that will help you define the age and gender of your subject.
Selecting a Reference Photo
Learn how to identify the difference between warm and cool lighting. Next, practice Brian’s methods for setting up and shooting a reference photo that captures daylight beautifully and depicts your subject in the most flattering way possible
Mixing Warm & Cool Colors
Learn about the best paints and tools for portraiture, how to set up a palette that you can use daily, and Brian’s professional methods for mixing warm and cool skin colors. Next, learn how to identify temperature changes that will bring striking realism to your work.
Did you know that grays can be one of the most important elements in your portraits? Brian shows you how to identify and mix a range of grays as you train your eye to see value with more complexity. Explore ways to transition from warm to cool hues by mixing complementary colors with confidence.
Application to Canvas
Take your paint from palette to canvas as Brian demystifies the challenging block-in phase of portrait painting. Explore ways to draft the major elements of your subject as you learn paint application techniques that will help you control your brush, working from dark to light in the process.
Blending on Canvas
Blending can be very challenging to master, but has the power to transform a painting into a professional work of art. Brian shares step-by-step demonstrations for blending wet into wet and shows you how to artfully mix paints using a finger or a dry brush.
Finishing Your Portrait
Discover ways to revitalize dull areas and add more contrast to the value range after your nearly-finished painting has dried. Brian shares ways to work over dry paint as you push shapes and hues toward a richer, more dimensional look. Next, learn how to add final details that add amazing realism.
Variations: Skin Tone, Age & Gender
Learn how to apply the techniques you’ve learned so far to any subject’s skin color. Brian explains how to mix paints that will create a wide range of rich warm or cool hues. Finish the class by exploring paint and brushstroke methods that will help define the age and gender of your subject.
Enroll in Paint Better Portraits: Realistic Skin Tones and bring your subjects to life with color mixing methods, paint application skills, blending techniques and more!