Thursday, January 20, 2011

Learning to paint Portraits

One of my goals for improving as an artist is to extend the range of subjects which I can paint with good ability. This includes painting people and portraits better and learning about tone and colour in dealing with images like the above. This is a half completed painting I started last week. I have used a variety of ochres and cadmium red with these and white to get the skin tones. I have to decide on the colour for the pillow yet, and was thinking a light blue. I will post updates of this when finished which will be in a week or two as I am only painting this in my art class. In the meantime I will be working on my other paintings, most of which are landscape subjects.


Francis Shanahan said...

This looks good, reminds me of the style of the old ladybird books we had as kids.

Jim Shanahan said...

Thanks Fran, It hasn't been refined too much, I used large brushes throughout.