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Old 07-14-2018, 02:12 AM
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Oil portrait practice

Hi everyone
I've been trying to practice my portraits a bit lately, I would usually use pastel but I wanted to try in oils so I decided to paint my favourite Westworld character.
This is my second attempt and I'm not happy with it, skin tone is wrong but the last one was too orange, im not finished but I really just want to go back to pastel
Any suggestions would be appreciated
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:52 AM
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Re: Oil portrait practice

The loose brushwork and general look of the picture is quite attractive.
The left side (our left) of the face has a very hard edge and the right side of the head has too vague an edge. The hair could also benefit from more subtlety in the outline. The extreme difference in the left and right backgrounds is disconcerting, it splits the composition.
Looking at good oil portraits carefully and trying to apply what you see in practice is the best way of improving.
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:08 PM
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Re: Oil portrait practice

Thank you for your thoughts Harry that really helps, I will keep on working on it an hopefully it will get better not worse
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:29 AM
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Re: Oil portrait practice

I just want to send you some encouragement, Dea!
I would encourage you to get the basic shapes dark/light with a loose mix of odourless medium and a grey mix. Put on a wash of this and wipe off the light areas with a cotton rag.
Then mix up darks in basic colours that vaguely match the photo. Keep squinting- to map-in the darks, then apply the mid-tone colours and then the lights thickly at the end. Keep comparing the light/dark and the cool/warmth of the colours. Apply in sections, working all over the face.
Soften the edges- especially the areas that are further away.
It is hard to tell, but it doesn't look like you have put much paint on. And you might be just "drawing" with the brush to mimic the pastels that you are familiar with. When you have a good amount of paint on, blending becomes so much easier.
I recommend watching some youtube videos as well- they give the demo, explain clearly and you can pause whenever.
Hope this helps.
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