Faces grab the attention more than any other subject. What is the other thinking? Who is it that does or doesn’t look at us? Simultaneously portrait painting and drawing is one of the most difficult things because the slightest deviation from reality will stand out to the viewer. In this course we strive for the realistic image of a face, but there’s also room to experiment and work more expressively.
In the first classes we will practice finding the right proportions and creating depth and volume. We will mainly use pencil and charcoal. We work from pictures as well as a live model, and also use our own face as a subject via a mirror. We will pay attention to standard proportions in a face, but also to special cases like the successful portraying of a child, and the problems that can arise with hairstyles and glasses.
Eventually we create a portrait in oil paint on canvas. In this medium it’s important to learn to mix a variety of skin colours, and to blend colours using the dry brush technique.
We will look at different portraits of famous painters, and look for what appeals to you. What colours do you prefer, what makes a composition interesting, what atmosphere does your painting need to have and how can you reach this? A portrait is always also a self-portrait in the sense that it shows how the maker views his subject, and what his choices have been during the process of making.
Students of any level are welcome, we look at each participant’s individual capabilities and taste.