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Oils Painting females

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by John Long, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. John Long Active Member


    Painting Lily, from Andrea's "Lily of the Lamplight" soon. I've never painted a female before and wish to avoid making her appear too masculine and gritty like most of the figures I paint. What are some techniques to use, and what pitfalls should I avoid? I paint in oils over acrylic/enamel. Thanks.
  2. kagemusha A Fixture

    Best advice I can offer...keep your colour layers very thin...avoid too much warmth in the skin tones....and use images from a google search of similar real life females.


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  3. FigureLover A Fixture

    I agree with Ron above, also keep the contrasts of the shadows to the highlights to a minimum
  4. billyturnip A Fixture

    Also images of oil on canvas portraits of women, I found this useful when painting my recent Amy Johnson bust.

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  5. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I have a book on painting females, I can help out a bit, just need to access a scanner.....

    Off the top of my head, it's softer tones, less contrast, and making things like cheek blush, lipstick work. (Lipstick is a bit easier of you give it a touch of gloss)

    Looking at the website art, there is an implied sheen to her blonde hair, I think the skin tones done in oils while the clothes are done in acrylic would really make this one shine.

    Question: are you contemplating giving her stockings or similar?


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  6. DEL A Fixture

    Hi John .... kinda depends whether or not you're painting it as ( I hope) a night scene ' underneath the lantern....'.
    If you are then you've got to really go for it. Most colours in the evening and paticularly under gas lighting take on a 'greyish' hue with blueish highlights.
    As to the face all you need to do is use the great Marlene Dietrich as your reference. Marlene_Dietrich___N_Color___by_Takes2Hands2.jpg

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