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Oils Painting females

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

  1. John Long Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Folks,

    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

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    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.

    Regards

    Ron
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  3. FigureLover A Fixture

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

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

    Roger.
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  5. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    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?

    Cheers

    Jamie
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  6. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    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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