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Old 01-28-2018, 03:45 PM
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Beginners palette?

Im wanting to get away from flowers and landscapes for a while and try portraits of my grandkids. What would be a good starting palette?

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Old 01-29-2018, 05:24 AM
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Re: Beginners palette?

Portrait palettes are very simple the difficulty comes with the understanding of form and the use of light to show the form accurately.

The so called Zorn Palette is typical of what you need it’s comprised of Ivory Black, Vermilion and Yellow Ochre.
If you add Cobalt Blue to it you will be able to get stronger greens but it’s not really that necessary as the Ivory black has enough blue in it.
Nearly any low intensity Red, Yellow, Blue will set you on the right track skin tones are very muted.

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