When painting portraits in acrylics, begin with a solid foundation color and build up shadows and highlights on top. Create a simple portrait painting with a demonstration from an award-winning artist in this free video on painting with acrylics.
Hello, I'm Jacklyn Laflamme. I'm a professional artist with JacklynLaflamme.com. In this clip, I am going to give you some tips on how to paint portraits in acrylic paint. You will need a canvas; you will need acrylic paint. You will need paintbrushes. You are going to want to start off with a nice, kind of, like, skin color. A light base. So, we are just going to fill in our light base really quickly. Because, you are going to build, you are going to want to build up layers of colors when painting portraits. So, I am going to add a little bit of white to it; see we are just getting, like, a basic skin tone. Now, the colors are going to vary depending on the photograph that you are working from or the subject that you are working from. But, once you lay down your basic color, then you can start building up your colors on top. So, right now, we just have a...you want to do a foundation. Then we are going to start mixing in a little bit more reds, depending, like I said, on the skin tone from the portrait that you are working from. From the subject that you are working from, and you are going to start building up the colors just like this. Now, this may be a little bit dark, but what you can do is you go back and you are going to just want to start blending. You see how I put the dark line in, but now I am going back with a little bit of white on my brush, and I am just going to start blending in some colors for the nose. And if you put in the lips, just like this, so you want to get your basic outlines first and then you just start building, building, building. That's the beauty of acrylic paints. They dry really quickly, and you can build your layers of color. So, again, I'm just putting in some quick lines for the lips. This looks a little bit more cartoon-y, but when you are working from a photograph, you can take your time and you really want to, like, study where the shadows are. You see you can do a little bit darker line, and you'll create a shadow for the face. And you can start building up the details slowly, and eventually you'll be putting in the hair. So, that's how you want to start thinking about creating a portrait. This is Jacklyn Laflamme. Thank you for watching.
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