Cute Pet Portrait in Oils – Finishing the Forms

In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be continuing to develop the halftones.

Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1060173.jpg

Materials

  • Canvas
  • Brushes (one medium and two small)
  • Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)
  • Linseed Oil
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette Cup

Oil Paint

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow

Process

  • Using the same approach as part 3 – continue to develop smaller forms by adding more complex halftones and lights.
  • You can use a smaller brush to add more gradual shifts in darker and lighter tones.
  • The smaller brush will also help you to catch more specific textures (such as the strokes of the fur).
  • Once all the medium and smaller forms are added, you can leave the piece to dry.

Cute Pet Portrait in Oils – Developing Forms

In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be using halftones to develop smaller forms, while adjusting and enhancing the colours.

Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1060173.jpg

Materials

  • Canvas
  • Brushes (one medium and two small)
  • Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)
  • Linseed Oil
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette Cup

Oil Paint

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow

Process

  • Begin by seeing if there are any colours that are a bit (too dull perhaps).
  • If there are, mix up new colours and test them, once you’re happy you can use these colours as you develop the smaller forms (killing two birds with one stone).
  • Develop the forms using a smaller brush and mixing up halftones (more values between the shadows and lights)
  • Work your way around the chosen area (in my case I focused on the head).
  • Look for all the medium and smaller forms, once they’re in place you can leave the piece to dry.

Cute Pet Portrait in Oils – Patching in the Colours

In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be figuring out the basic colours in the piece and patching them on in a loose manner.

Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1060173.jpg

Materials

  • Canvas
  • Brushes (one medium and one small)
  • Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)
  • Linseed Oil
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette Cup

Oil Paint

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow

Process

  • Begin by working over the shadow tones established during the wash drawing stage.
  • Start by putting pure black in the darkest parts, then use burnt umber mixed with gradually more of the cadmiums to make up lighter shadow colours.
  • Next you can start to mix up the darker halftones, working your way towards the lightest parts.
  • You can use a bit of the medium to dilute the halftones.
  • Try to keep the brushwork as simple and loose as possible.
  • Finally you can mix up the lightest tones.
  • Patch them on more thickly than the halftones and shadows.
  • If necessary you can use the smaller brush to have a bit more control over the details.