I created this painting demo to help students with mixing flesh tones. I am painting over a dry, scraped out, quick 10 minute demo from a previous class to help students understand how to approach a painting on the second session, how to rework a previous painting, and how to adjust anatomy/composition during the painting progress (especially notice how the left eye had to be moved considerably). This painting is a self-portrait, painted from a mirror (real time - approx. 30 mins).
PALETTE (counter clockwise from bottom left corner of palette):
- French Ultramarine (FUM)
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cadmium Red Light
- Burnt Sienna
- (Raw Sienna - missing in this video... I ran out of it, but usually it's there)
- Yellow Ocher
- Naples Yellow
- Raw Umber
- Burnt Umber
- French Ultra Marine (yes, again... I keep FUM next to my Aliz Crimson for violets, and also next to my Burnt Umber for blacks)
- Cobalt Blue
Regarding different skin tones - I use the exact same palette, adjusting the ratios of color for all skin types.
- Cobalt Blue and Vermillion for shadow colors
- Alizarin Crimson and FUM for very deep shadows
- Adding Burnt Sienna creates "sun kissed" tones
- Adding a hint of Cad Red Light to light flesh tones "rosies" them up
- Use all ratios of colors. "Swirl" paint on palette, adding a little of this and that, until you find the color. Also, while the paint is wet mix on the canvas. Avoid using a palette knife to try and make the "perfect" color before you paint.
- Use lots of brushes. Wipe your brush off a lot. Avoid too much thinner.
- Darks are always darker than you think they are.
My medium is 1 part Damar Varnish, 1 part Stand Oil, and 2 parts Turpentine (or other solvent - students must use Gamsol).
I am using soft, synthetic, white-hair brushes.
This painting is painted on a cheap, store bought canvas. I only use these for class demos. To learn how to build, prime, and stretch a canvas, go here: vimeo.com/sarahstolar/stretcher
Videography by Jeff Medinas
Editing by Sarah Stolar
Music by Thievery Corporation