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Alexandria Rose

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Ok! I love Brian Neher's style of painting. Which is why I just joined this class. I love art and have always drawn with pencils, but really nervous about painting. I just thought I was going to ruin my drawing with paint because I didn't know what to do. About five months ago I started eating up every youtube video I could find on painting realistic portraits. And, of course, Brian was on of the guys I was watching. I have 2 portraits finished so far... and even though I just now purchased this class... I wanted to post my first oil portrait attempt with everyone... Then thinking about posting my second..?... Maybe a kind of before Brian's class and after Brian's class...sort of thing. :) I would really appreciate some criticism from Brian (our instructor) and any others. Don't worry about being super nice... I need to know what things I should be focusing on during my next portrait! :) Thanks -Tara Is the piece for sale? No

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dmt26617406410 made Alexandria Rose with:

Paint Better Portraits: Realistic Skin Tones

Online Class

Paint Better Portraits: Realistic Skin Tones

with Brian Neher

  • Oil Paint

Project Description

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Ok! I love Brian Neher's style of painting. Which is why I just joined this class. I love art and have always drawn with pencils, but really nervous about painting. I just thought I was going to ruin my drawing with paint because I didn't know what to do. About five months ago I started eating up every youtube video I could find on painting realistic portraits. And, of course, Brian was on of the guys I was watching. I have 2 portraits finished so far... and even though I just now purchased this class... I wanted to post my first oil portrait attempt with everyone... Then thinking about posting my second..?... Maybe a kind of before Brian's class and after Brian's class...sort of thing. :) I would really appreciate some criticism from Brian (our instructor) and any others. Don't worry about being super nice... I need to know what things I should be focusing on during my next portrait! :) Thanks -Tara Is the piece for sale? No

Q&A with dmt26617406410

Brian Neher asked:
Hi, Tara. Thanks so much for posting your work! Great job on your first oil painting! Making the transition from a dry medium like colored pencil to a wet medium of oil paint is a challenge that can often be frustrating at times for artists. In many ways, it almost seems as if youre having to learn a new language in order to effectively convey the idea that you had in mind in order to help bridge the communication gap between you and the viewer. Having two daughters of my own, I can definitely relate to the combination of butterflies and painted faces! I like how youve increased the viewers focus and attention by the cropping and placement of the head. Youve also done a great job in capturing a mood and expression on the girls face which will also help in making a connection with the viewer. When working from photos, its important to get the best reference material possible, especially when it comes to the lighting of your subject. Creating the ideal environment during the portrait sitting will greatly help you get the results that youre looking for when you take pictures and get back to the studio. One lighting situation to be careful about is the use of flash photography. More often than not, a flash tends to produce a lighting situation that washes out many of the values in the face, forcing the artist to create volume and depth by using temperature changes in its place. Because of the very few values that are available for the artist use, the results can often be more of a flattened, two dimensional look to the face. Even though a single light source may have been used, the positioning of the light can make all the difference in not only helping your subject look their best, but also creating more of a timeless look in your portrait. I say all of that after noticing the shadow that occurs on the left hand side of the face, from the hair down to the chin. Because of the close proximity to the wall and the flash lighting that is used, it almost seems as if there is a large outline around the face. If we were to take that shadow out of the portrait completely, the girls face would almost become lost next to the values of the wall. One way to help avoid this harsh shadow could be to move your subject farther out from the wall and to also position the light coming more from one side rather than straight on. With children, I prefer to use more of a soft light which helps to compliment their subtle features. This can be as simple as using a cool north light that is coming through a window (as seen in lesson 1). During a portrait sitting, Ill often move to different locations throughout a clients home, backyard, etc. in order to experiment with various lighting situations. Light not only illuminates our subject, but also helps to create a mood for the entire painting. Its also a great compositional element that can be used to an artists advantage to help lead the viewers eye throughout the painting. I hope that these suggestions will be of help to you and I look forward to seeing your next piece! Thanks so much again for sharing your work and being a part of the class!
dmt26617406410 answered:
Thank you so much for your reply. Your suggestions are definitely a help to me!!! :) I will post my second portrait soon. It is actually funny to me that you mention the harsh shadow and it totally makes sense. I had a local artist in my area tell me the same thing when it came to my second piece. I took the same kind of picture... close to the wall and an almost straight on shot with flash. (I actually took those pictures to advertise my face painting at craft shows and so on. Not with the idea to paint them). So anyways, I was almost finished painting her when he told me all about harsh shadows! Needless to say...not so much a harsh shadow in the second...but I do know it has problems! And I do know your suggestions would help a great deal! After I watch your videos, I will start on my third piece...using all of your suggestions! :) Again, thank you for your time and suggestions.

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