Ron Hicks shows you how to get the most out of a portrait sketch and more in Mastering Oil Portrait Painting.
breaking down even
the most complex painting into just a handful of shapes. Painter
Ron Hicks has found that the process of portrait painting can be
intimidating, if not overwhelming, to even the most practiced painters
because a lot of detail is often confused with what makes a successful
portrait. For Hicks, it is just the opposite. Hicks believes
that a powerful oil portrait--or painting of any subject, for that matter--is
not in the details, but in the fundamental forms of a composition. A
well-executed portrait is one that describes a person's face or bearing
with just a few shapes. Just as you can probably
identify a friend or loved one from a distance because you know the
general structure of their face and head, you can paint a portrait by
representing those same large masses.
Hicks starts every portrait by first identifying the essential masses
and how light filters over them. Understanding the light is key because
within each of the masses is a light shape and shadow shape that will
turn the form and create a sense of three-dimensionality in your
painting. To accurately identify those masses and
shapes, portrait artists often start by drawing several thumbnail sketches.
Doing this allows the artist to explore different set-ups
and discover what works best with the shapes in the composition. In the
video clip above from Mastering
Oil Portrait Painting with Ron Hicks, Hicks shows how he creates
a series of rough drawings in order to settle on the right position and
pose so that the composition is dynamic and the essential shapes of the
model's face are clearly identified.
If you want to see more on how to harness
to paint a likeness--a must for any artist--Mastering
Oil Portrait Painting with Ron Hicks is sure to lead you through
the process in a comprehensive way. With years of experience as an instructor, Hicks is able
to break down the art of portraiture into a series of understandable
methods that are used repeatedly throughout the painting process. Most important, Hicks explains how a portrait, when
done successfully, can go beyond a likeness to tell a story about the
sitter or create an emotional pull that moves a viewer.
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Join top portrait painter Ron Hicks for a full hour of step-by-step oil portraiture techniques and an in-depth demonstration.
Follow along as he shows how to create an accurate oil portrait painting while keeping true to your artistic voice and vision.
Order your copy of this exciting DVD today to:
- Learn the essentials of portraiture, from sketching to depicting the subtle features of your model.
- Skip the guesswork and see results in your own work with up-close shots and step-by-step guidance.
- Master the fine art of balance with insight on editing features, creating a variety in highlights, and more.
- Make every brushstroke matter, with Ron’s approach to keep from overworking your oil portrait painting.
- Create at your own pace: start and stop the lesson when it's convenient for you.