How to Paint a Monochromatic Portrait in Oils

Traditional Portrait Painting

Painting a portrait is considered to be the most difficult task because it’s obvious when one doesn’t get it correctly. There are many components that need to be met according to create a successful portrait. Among others, the anatomy has to be accurate while the likeness of the sitter must be captured. This involves close attention to proportions and relationships. In order to analyze the variations in skin tones and details on the human face, using a monochromatic colour scheme consisting of one color, with its tints and shades, can help us see and understand the human and facial differences without being overwhelmed by other methods and theories that are needed when using multiple colours. We will begin by using a black & white photographic image of a model in frontal view as our reference. While acquiring knowledge about the proportions of the human face, you will also learn how to render features based on the source of light which can play a dramatic role in how your painting is perceived. After completing this course, you will be asked to complete two additional portrait exercises – 1.) painting a monochromatic portrait from a profile (side) view, and 2.) painting a monochromatic portrait from a 3/4 view – to reinforce your newly acquired knowledge. This course will become a springboard for further exploration in learning the art of portraiture with an expansion of the color palette used. This course is recommended for beginner and intermediate levels.

What you’ll learn

  • Learning how to paint a realistic portrait.
  • Become familiar with monochromatic colour scheme application.
  • Become familiar with proportions of the human head.
  • Applying successfully tonal changes according to the facial planes.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 1 lecture • 5min.
  • Sketch –> 1 lecture • 2min.
  • Basic Paint Application –> 1 lecture • 7min.
  • Second Layer Paint Application –> 1 lecture • 3min.
  • Background and Hair Paint Application –> 1 lecture • 5min.
  • Eyes –> 1 lecture • 10min.
  • All Together –> 1 lecture • 10min.
  • Final Touches: Glazing –> 1 lecture • 5min.
  • Conclusion –> 1 lecture • 2min.

How to Paint a Monochromatic Portrait in Oils

Requirements

  • No painting experience needed.

Painting a portrait is considered to be the most difficult task because it’s obvious when one doesn’t get it correctly. There are many components that need to be met according to create a successful portrait. Among others, the anatomy has to be accurate while the likeness of the sitter must be captured. This involves close attention to proportions and relationships. In order to analyze the variations in skin tones and details on the human face, using a monochromatic colour scheme consisting of one color, with its tints and shades, can help us see and understand the human and facial differences without being overwhelmed by other methods and theories that are needed when using multiple colours. We will begin by using a black & white photographic image of a model in frontal view as our reference. While acquiring knowledge about the proportions of the human face, you will also learn how to render features based on the source of light which can play a dramatic role in how your painting is perceived. After completing this course, you will be asked to complete two additional portrait exercises – 1.) painting a monochromatic portrait from a profile (side) view, and 2.) painting a monochromatic portrait from a 3/4 view – to reinforce your newly acquired knowledge. This course will become a springboard for further exploration in learning the art of portraiture with an expansion of the color palette used. This course is recommended for beginner and intermediate levels.

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