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Bring out your inner artist with these painting tips and techniques.
You Will Need
- An easel
- A volunteer model
- Directional lights
- A camera
- Drawing and painting surfaces
- A sketching medium, like charcoal or pencil
Set up your easel.
Let the model dress
Let the model, who should be dressed and coiffed in the way they want to be immortalized, get comfortable.
Pose the model
Pose the model in a way that is comfortable, but interesting.
Light from the side
Light the model from the side with a powerful, directional light. Avoid flat light.
Take a lot of photos.
Give your model a break
Give your model a short break.
Sketch your model
Sketch your model in charcoal, conté, pencil, or pastels.
Give model another break
Give your model another break.
Do more sketches
Do at least one more sketch, with the final one in color.
Release the model
Thank and release your model.
Develop the pictures
Develop or import and print the photos.
Prep your painting surface, supplies, and materials.
Use the sketches to remind you
On the final piece, use the sketches and photos to remind yourself about what you saw as important features.
Block shapes and colors
Begin the portrait by blocking in the general shapes and colors.
Refine your shapes
Refine your shapes.
Limit but innovate
Look for ways both to limit and make surprising use of your color palette.
Paint until done
Paint until you’re satisfied. It’s tough, so the first few—or few dozen—might not turn out great.