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Old 12-20-2019, 10:23 PM
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My first oil portrait - WIP

I have wanted to do oil portraits for a while. Here is my first underpainting. Burnt umber, titanium white, gamblin gel medium. I have no idea why my lightest mix was grey. I feel like it is a hot mess, but I am pleased with it for my first try. I am following a Yupari tutorial.



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Old 12-21-2019, 10:41 AM
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Re: My first oil portrait - WIP

You’re off to a good start for a first attempt. Concentrate on getting the eyes, lips and nose correctly positioned and sized while you’re still in early stages. Then mix a broad range of values from nearly white to pure burnt umber and focus on painting the subtle differences in values. It helps to convert your photo to a black and white image at this stage. Start glazing colors after you get the value underlayer right.
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Old 12-21-2019, 10:51 AM
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Re: My first oil portrait - WIP

Thank you, Tom. I will wait until it dries and try to clean it up some. :-)
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:53 PM
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Re: My first oil portrait - WIP

Okay, here is an update. I played with the underpainting, using only burnt umber and titanium white, no medium and no solvent. It turned out greyscale. LOL! I am shocked at how it has improved! Thanks for all the help, everyone. I will keep on trucking...

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Old 12-26-2019, 11:44 PM
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Re: My first oil portrait - WIP

Finished! I can't take it anymore. I want to work on something else. Warms, cools, fat over lean, etc. It is making me crazy. LOL! Actually, I like it. I am done and I know it is not great, but I think it is pretty nifty. My first. Now onto my second and maybe I have learned something from this one.

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Re: My first oil portrait - WIP

Great work for a first! Can't wait to see more!
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Thank you, Bethany. I am determined to improve.
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Re: My first oil portrait - WIP

Do you have a reference photo?
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Re: My first oil portrait - WIP

Oh, Moises, I did not get the slightest resemblance to the reference photo. LOL! That was not actually my goal. Right now, I am just getting a feel for the paint and the process. I used the photo in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Obt5x-_HBk
Actually, I was intending to follow along with the whole thing, but early on I veered off and did my own thing.
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