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10 dos and don´ts in portrait painting

10 dos and don´ts in portrait painting

Portrait painting techniques

Based on some portraits that I am currently working on, I explain some dos and don’ts in portrait painting technique. Of course I have to say my 10 dos and don´ts. So to say my painting style.

portrait painting techniques. how to paint a mouth in portrait painting

Portrait painting techniques I

1. The two skin folds around the mouth, I make them lighter in tonal value and warmer in hue.

2. I show as few as possible individual teeth. I smooth the contrasts there.

3.  I NEVER use Blue or Black to indicate the contrasts in the mouth. Those two never match with the adjacent areas and make the portrait unbelievable. I normally use a combination of Crimson and Raw Umber.


portrait painting techniques. how to paint eyes in portrait painting

Portrait painting techniques II

4. I avoid “blending” as much as possible. I am looking for “connecting” brushstrokes.

5. I use as many recognizable colours as possible. So not a kind of general brown in the shadows areas or a general flesh tone in the light areas.

6. I try to render as little as possible the details. (Photorealism is not my cup of tea, you may know by now). Especially around the eyes but also with the mouth. I endeavour to translate what I see into brushstrokes.

7. For the (high) lights I often use a White + Crimson combination. Or White + Cerulean blue. (Highlights are cool)

8. In the nostrils never Black or Ultramarine Blue but the Crimson + Raw Umber combination.


portrait painting techniques. softening hairline

Portrait painting techniques III

9. I always keep the hairline as soft as possible by blurring it into the background.


portrait painting techniques. glasses in portrait painting

Portrait painting techniques IV

If the model wears glasses then I don´t paint them perfectly. I paint “around the truth”. Otherwise the risk is that you first see the glasses and second the face.


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By Brijendra Thakur on 10 December 2017

It’s beautiful tips sir. Thanks lot for this tips sir.

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