The craft of painting involves not only inspiration, but also technique. Capturing what your imagination—and analytical understanding of the world around you—requires a level of proficiency that, like any valued skill, takes time and guidance to master.
How to Paint a Portrait from a Photo Reference
In this three-day workshop, we’ll focus on painting a portrait. The medium will be oil—with techniques both traditional and modern. We’ll use a reference photo as the preliminary “sketch.” You will leave the workshop with the ability to achieve likeness and detail while capturing the skin tone of your subject.
I provide hands-on instruction, incorporating a wealth of tips and tricks, including:
• Briefly covering Adobe Photoshop and how to print a color reference.
• Drawing a toned canvas—by either tracing or projection—and inking-in the lines.
• A review of color and mixing skin tones.
• A block-in of the first thin layer of color.
• Painting the portrait with subsequent thicker layers.
• Finalizing subtle details.
There are four workshops scheduled this year:
• They will be held in my studio in Milan, NY (near Rhinebeck).
• Times are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch).
• Each class is limited to five students.
• Tuition is nonrefundable seven days prior to beginning.
• Basic knowledge of oil painting is preferred.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 845-233-0082.