How to Paint a Nose in Oil
This week you will learn :
1) How perspective affects the proportions of the face.
2) What the planes are on the face and how the light affects them
3) How to paint a realistic nose that actually looks like it is standing up off the canvas.
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Prepare to paint by mixing the colors you will need. Mix at least six shades of flesh to capture all the tonal values of the planes of the face.
Applying Various Tones of Paint
Refer to your reference photo and block in the colors for the various skin tones in the appropriate places on the canvas.
Blending the Paints on the Canvas
Once you have the basic colors in place, begin the blending process. Continually clean your brush and work carefully so as not to contaminate your colors. You will be amazed how quickly the nose comes together.
Refining the Painting
Rework the areas of the brightest brights and darkest darks which might have lost their definition during the blending process. Learn how light glazes can be used to create perfect luminous color. Note how even a small brush stroke can make a big difference and how properly placed highlights brighten the whole painting.
Suggest the Eyes
Suggest the eyes to complete the nose study. Don't worry about getting everything perfect, all we want is to suggest that the rest of the face is also there.
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