How to Mix Flesh Tones for Portrait and Figure Painting (VAC Studio)
Given the many challenges of portrait and figure painting, i.e., drawing, composition, colour, patterning, etc, the last thing you need is to be struggling with mixing your flesh tones for your painting.
Most beginners will chalk out (too much white resulting in a lifeless painting) or fail to achieve the full stretch of values from dark to light.
The practice of mixing flesh tones is a learned process that is best isolated from the demands of portrait drawing – the most efficient way of learning.
These four exercises are designed to train you in the four elements of flesh tones all of which contribute to developing form: warm/cool tone, light/dark tone, specific hue and specific value.
We will begin with the 9-tone grey bar from which you then extrapolate the arrangement of 49 warm and cool flesh tone. In the second session you proceed to the Flesh Ball where we apply those flesh tone to modeling form. This is also your introduction to ‘spotting’ which is a very powerful and beautiful method of painting.
Rembrandt was the consummate master of spotting. In Session 3 and 4 you further develop your mastery of mixing specific flesh tones and further your knowledge of spotting in colour by painting the eyes of Rembrandt’s ‘Man in a Feather Cap’.
Two 10×10″ canvases (Sessions 1 and 2)
One 12×12″ or slightly larger canvas
On both the 10×10″ canvases render a 7×7″ grid in pencil. And apply an imprimatura. This Youtube video will explain this simple process.
You can use either acrylic or water-soluble oils. The paints required are:
Titanium (or flake) white
Naples Yellow or Titanium nickel yellow
Venetian Red (if you don’t have this we can work around it)
Ivory or Vine Black
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Private Lessons with Michael Britton
Michael Britton is a New York City trained artist (New York Academy of Art) who has taught several thousand artists (some of whom have gone on to full-time art careers as painters and teachers) in his several decades long career. He was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Academy of Art, Canada for six years and has also taught drawing for Walt Disney Studios, amongst numerous other appointments throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is also the author of several art-training videos including Painting Clara Serena.
Studying privately is the surest path to accelerating your technical growth as an artist.
Two availabilities for private students seeking to develop their portrait drawing and/or painting skills.
Time slots available: Mondays 4:00 – 6:30 / 7:30 – 10 OR Wednesday 4:00 – 6:30 / 7:30 – 10
Fees: S$250 per session or S$1,200 for five sessions