Portraits - Part 2: Conclusion
We have chosen to maintain the same color scheme for our portrait as we apply
the finishing touches. However, the tonal values will become stronger and more
defined, while we smooth out the imperfections.
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We started the finishing stages in the same manner as when
applying the underpainting. That is, we applied similar colors
throughout the canvas. As before, start from light to dark.
This technique is a matter of preference, but is widely accepted by
This is the part where the impasto is applied more
generously than when executing the underpainting. Make sure the lighter
the color, the thicker it can be applied. And conversely, the darker
the color, the thinner it should be used.
In this particular case, we wanted to create a "painterly"
look, to give the portrait an informal look. To achieve this look we
used brush sizes between 4 and 14. To the beginner this may seem
like an impossible task, but if you learn to use the brushes at the right
angle, you can paint very small details with large brushes.
The flesh tones not only create the illusion of the parts
of the face, but depending on the color temperature, they create volume
When we painted the hair, we decided not to spend too much
time with unnecessary detail, because it would distract from the center of
attention which is the face.
The neck was finished next, keeping in mind it has a
cooler temperature than the face.
The background was painted while making the contrast
between neighboring parts of tge face more prominent.
The clothing was finished with quick brushstrokes while
providing a strong foreground that takes the eye of the viewer into the
center of attention, which is the face.
And finally, the signature. We believe the signature
should be a complement to the painting and not a distraction. Study
different artist's signatures and develop one that best suits your style
and personality. The color that you use is as important as the style
of your signature. Take the time to develop a signature that is
unique and artistic. After all, it is your name and reputation you
put on the line in every work of art that you sign.
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