Learn about the structure of faces, the fall of light and shade, and how to mix flesh colours to create a good likeness. Use any preferred medium (watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal or just pencil). Bring your own photographs or use ones from the tutor's collection.
What would be useful preparation before the course?
If you want to paint a portrait of a friend or relative, rather than use one of the tutor's pictures, then choose a clear photo with plenty of gradation between light and dark areas of the face. And the bigger the photo, the better.
What can students expect?
The course will start with a demonstration and guidance about the structure of faces. When the preliminary drawings are ready, the tutor will talk about and demonstrate the use of light and shade and mixing face colours.
Previous experience required?
Some experience is required of using the medium you are going to use in these 5 sessions.
This course is not an introduction to using oils, acrylics, watercolour or pastels.
What is the progression route?
Portraiture from Life/ Life Drawing
What should students bring?
• your usual painting equipment (or pastels)
• a hard pencil (eg. 3H)
• a rubber.
Useful colours for flesh: Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, and for dark-skinned people: Raw Sienna as well.
Oil painters: a canvas board or an A3 sheet of oil sketching paper.
Acrylic painters: as for oil painters, or MDF, or stiff cardboard, or 350gsm paper: about A3 size.
Watercolourists: watercolour paper: pre-stretched on board, or heavy-duty paper(350gsm) unstretched is ok.
Pastelists: some A3 coloured (beige? grey?) paper, e.g. sugar paper or specialist pastel-paper