How to Paint Wrinkles in Oil

Skill Level : 1 Beginner, 2 Intermediate

Medium : Oil Painting

Subject : Portraits

Tutor : Nolan Clark

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Silver Level or Higher Class

Class Description

In this portrait painting class we will paint wrinkles.

During the class you will learn :

1) How to deal with the backgrounds in your portrait paintings as they can make or break a portrait.
2) How to the forehead, cheeks and chin.
3) How to paint wrinkles.
4) How to create depth in the face
5) and heaps more...

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Class Tutorial

Color Mixing

colors used to paint the wrinkles

Study the reference photo to determine all the tones and then prepare to mix the paints for  midtone, highlight, and shadowed area.

Blocking in Various Tones of Paint

blocking the tonal ranges of the wrinkles

Refer to your reference photo and block in the colors for the various skin tones in the appropriate places on the canvas.

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Fading In the Skin Tones

blending the tonal values of the face

While you may have blended the colors more distinctly on other facial features, fade them in softly for the wrinkles.  Then follow Nolan closely as he shows just how to make each wrinkle look lifelike. It is a fascinating process.

Painting the background

final part of painting wrinkles

After having painted all the different facial features, take great care to choose a background that will not compete with your portrait.


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