In tonight’s painting class I was going to teach the students how to paint skin color and do faces. I had a painting I had been working on to show them the techniques, but remembered I had a small canvas in the back seat of my car. My wife was in attendance so I asked her to pose while I drew.
I first started with an oval shape then drew in the facial structure – eye sockets, cheek bones, lips, brows, chin, etc. Next I drew the shapes of values – dark under the nose, above the eyes below the brows, under the cheekbones; light – where the highlighted areas were, on the chin, the cheek and on the forehead. The medium values were everywhere else. I mixed three shades of color using alizarin crimson, yellow ochre and white to come up with the skin tones. I painted the dark values in first, then the lightest, then the medium. Soon the face came to life with real structure. I was pleased. The students were too.