Alain Picard’s steps to pastel portrait painting make it easy for you to paint a realistic and beautiful portrait. Portrait painting is one of art history’s greatest challenges, and in this video workshop, Alain gives you the tools you need to meet this head on as he paints a portrait from a photo, step by step, using soft and hard chalk pastels. With lighting tips to define drama and mood, drawing tips and tools that help you assess relationships of proportion and scale, design and edge tools that lead the eye through the painting and refining tools for subtleties that bring your work to life, Alain shows you how to paint portraits and fills your visual toolbox to equip you for success.
Preview Essential Techniques for Pastel Portraits now to learn drawing tips for creating thumbnails and using angles for accuracy, how take advantage of value and edges to lead the eye through your composition, and pastel techniques that refine your portrait and make it come to life.
Lighting Tools: Review of side lighting, Rembrant lighting, butterfly lighting and more, as well as how to pose your model.
Design Tools: Review of how to use photographic reference, how to create a pleasing composition, thumbnailing (“the secret weapon to better paintings”) to simplify values, clarify shapes and design the composition
Drawing Tools: Measurement and proportional tips and placing subject on paper
Value Tools: Using squinting and continuing to measure to abstract the subject into dark, middle and light masses. Divide large masses into separation by value, then work on smaller value shapes within the face to establish features
Edge Tools: Learn the benefits of 3 different kinds of edges: soft, hard and broken… and when to use each to its advantage.
Tools for Refining a Portrait: putting everything we learned just doing smaller shapes, adding accents that make your portrait pop
A variety of hard and soft pastels in assorted colors and sizes
Le Carte sanded pastel card (warm brown)
What Jennifer Lepore, Online Content Development Manager for ArtistsNetwork.TV, has to say:
When Alain breaks down a portrait into angles, shapes and values, I realized that portrait painting is doable—just keep at it and go through the steps as you layer your pastel. And in this video, Alain takes pastel portraits one simple step at a time, so you have a formula you can use every time for successful results.