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Sight-Size Portrait Painting With Hands: Refining and Unifying with Amy Florence

Sight-Size Portrait Painting With Hands: Refining and Unifying
Create a Portrait Painting with Hands Unify the overall painting by adding information to other elements beside the head

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Amy Florence
Design, Head & Portrait, Light & Color
Brush, Canvas, Oil Paints
2h 51m 26s

In this lesson, instructor Amy Florence will demonstrate the third session of a half-body portrait painting with hands using the sight-size method. You will watch her refine areas like the background, chair, blouse, and hands before she revisits the head to add final touches. Amy will teach you how to use each element in the painting as a design tool to help drive the viewer’s eyes to the focal point; the portrait. 

This lesson belongs to the course Size-Sight Portrait Painting. In this 12-week course, you will study how to use the sight-size method in portrait painting. Amy Florence will introduce you to several materials needed for sight-size drawing and painting. She will teach you the basics of oil painting while demonstrating on a cast. Then, you will practice the sight-size technique on a portrait drawing and learn the preparatory steps for a portrait painting; they include creating value and color studies. Lastly, Amy will show you how to execute a life-size portrait painting and a large-scale portrait painting with hands. After this course, you will become more proficient with your handling of oil paints and be able to capture any portrait with confidence.

Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.

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