Sunday, 3 December 2017

How to Paint a Floral Dress in Oils (Part 3)

After doing the major folds in the dress, now you can go over it and gently add shadow to where the material is slightly indented or highlight where it is bulging outwards (all in the co-ordinating colours of course).  These shadows will be soft and not too dark.  Make sure that your folds are still soft - run your brush over any hard lines to make them smooth and blended in - no hard edges.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

How to Paint a Floral Dress in Oils (Part 2)

The folds in the material are the most important part.  Don't be too fussed about the pattern.  Make up your dark shadow colours before you begin (a small amount of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red mixed in with each colour you have used for the pattern).  Go along the fold with each corresponding dark shadow colour so that the fold is very obvious and makes it easier to work around.  Just do the major folds at the moment.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

How to Paint a Floral Dress in Oils (Part 1)

This dress was very complicated and tedious to paint I must admit.  I should have thought about the kids' clothes when we were doing the photo shoot!  But it is one of Issy's favourite dresses, so I felt compelled to paint it anyway.

I drew in the folds only with a pencil because it would be too hard to accurately draw the pattern of the dress.  The pattern is from a watercolour, which is in a very loose style, which makes it easier to copy. 

So I started with one colour at a time and proceeded to paint the flowers and leaves in roughly the right place.  They didn't have to be exactly the same as the photo.  I think the main idea here is to end up with a pretty dress in similar colours.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Painting Shadows in Clothes

As the creases of the material disappear into the shaded areas, they become darker but also a lot softer.  I always start with my shadow mix of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red, adding a bit to the original colour of the material.  Don't forget that there is still plenty of light and colour in shadow, only not so bright or sharp as in the highlighted areas.  I also like to dab in a little reflective colour (in this case I have dabbed in Cerulean Blue which will be reflecting from Carmen's dress when I paint her next).

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Painting a Cuddly Toy in Oils

Well I guess the most important thing about painting a soft toy like this would be the texture.  You want to make it look soft and floppy.  I started by just blocking in the darks and highlights.  Then with a soft, round brush, dabbed over the whole toy following my undercoat of dark and light tones.  Folds will be soft - no hard lines.  The lone arm hanging down and the fingers depressing the soft body helps to give the impression of a soft and limp toy. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Reflective Colours in Oil Painting

Light colours, such as white and in this case grey, reflect surrounding colours.  I have added different shades of grey in Kacey's shorts - blue/grey to reflect the blue in the shirt, pinks and red/greys to reflect the red.  In the shadows I have accentuated the colours by adding pure blue dabs and dark reds.  A little flesh tone colour is lightly dabbed into the folds of the shorts around the arm.  I probably will add some more when I paint the arm so that I have the right colour.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

How to Paint Clothes in Oil

As you can see, I started with the darks, using a mix of Alizarin, Scarlet and Ultramarine Blue.  For the highlights I used just the 2 reds, keeping them nice and clean with a dash of white.  Don't use too much white with red as it tends to turn pink.  The same goes for the darks - don't use too much Ultramarine in the mix as it tends to go too black.  Keep the colours and edges soft.

A crease will have a fairly sharp edge, whereas a soft fold will have soft edges.  Depending on the size of the fold, the dip between folds will lighten up again as it will attract more light.  As the material folds around, the highlight is placed in the middle of the fold so that it appears to project toward the viewer.
Arty Fact:  To make an object (e.g. an orange) look round, we make it a little bit darker on the sides and underneath the orange, and lighter in the middle as it comes forward towards you.