26, Nov 2018
08, Jan 2017
Making a portrait in Acrylic, with a wash effect
Those of you who have watched the Aamir Khan starrer "Taare Zameen Par" shall easily catch up with the style am talking about. Those who still think you are nowhere near understanding what am I talking about, let me explain a bit more.
Hello there!! How have you all been? Well you have no option other than being well and staying happy on the new year 2017!!
ArtofColors have also been very busy this new year, planning things for you.
Here we are with one of ArtofColors gift, a painting blog!!
This edition, lets discuss about making a portrait, in a different style.
Those of you who have watched the Aamir Khan starrer “Taare Zameen Par” shall easily catch up with the style am talking about. Those who still think you are nowhere near understanding what am I talking about, let me explain a bit more.
Acrylic Wash, whats that?
Rarely do we use a lot (I mean, quite a lot here) of water while doing an acrylic work. Acrylic, as we all know is a bright, quick drying coloring medium, best used to give those effects that are prominent on oil colors. Here, in this project, I have worked on acrylic, washing it off with a lot of water. This has created, a bright watercolor effect.
How do I start?
Things needed: A topic to paint(that’s a mandate), acrylic colors, Paper(suggested you go ahead with papers with higher GSM count), paint brush, and water.
Of course if it’s a portrait, you shall need a pencil to start off as well.
First, do a check into the original picture and make an idea how to start your work.
Here is the below image I selected. Well this was a commissioned work and the customer is very happy on the outcome of what I did:
Next, start off your drawing on a different piece of paper. NOT on the paper on which you are planning to paint. This is important. This is because, if you start off with the sketching on the final paper, and something needs to be erased off for correction, your painting quality shall be bad. What I always do is, I make the sketch on a different piece of paper. Once the sketch is final, I make a copy of the same on the final sheet. Here you are:
Step 3, yes that’s where we start coloring. Make the basic coloring, and focus on the eyes. This may seem a bottom up technique, but it works for me. I first focus on the areas which the most important, and plan for coloring the same and planning highlights for the same as well accordingly. So, here we are with the eyes planned, and the remaining colors done. Check on the way its colored. The color is watery, washy, but brushy. The colors were very wet;wet enough to create that merging effect with each other. I leave the choice of clors to you. I personally like bright colors everywhere and hence these choices of colors here. Here is how the first show looks like:
Go ahead with creating more highlights lowlights, making sure that none of the colors are applied dry, Keep the paper wet all time. However, once a layer of color is applied, please let it dry for some time, as multiple color mixes in layer will kill the effect. Acrylic colors are too bright to handle and hence it will not take a lot of layers to finish it off. The above status was after 2 layers of painting. Here we are with the status after 3 more wash layers:
Next, start focusing on the remaining areas, use a bit of dry color for beard if you may(I did that). Things like hands, T-shirt writings are focused last. Try to keep the focus limited. The subject cannot lose importance. Here we are with the final product, just before it was sent off to framing. Its after a number of more layers that this oozing colors showed themselves:
One thing to keep in mind is, please do not use dry colors on washed colors, it shall kill the effect. Do notwork on a new layer when the old layer is wet, it shall also kill the effect. Work with fat round brushes, it has more water retention; your brush shall be wet longer.
With all these in mind, I am sure you all shall create beautiful masterpieces as well.
Keep a watch on my facebook page for more such artworks!!
Written By: Partha Mukherjee, Artist
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