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This program is designed for beginning portrait painters, and is useful in understanding basic portrait painting concepts, whether the painter uses photographic references or works from the live model, as both scenarios are compared and contrasted.
"Victoria" is painted with a limited palette of colors and shows how you can create realistic fleshtones from just a few basic colors. Recipes for generic flesh colors and values are given, which can be adjusted subtly to match the flesh color of your model, whether it is painted from life or from photographs.
The simplicity of this head and the composition make it the ideal program for a first attempt at portrait painting, as all the photographic references used in the program are included in the printed materials that accompany the video.
Johnnie has filmed two other programs that are on painting children's faces using photographs (see below). This program differs from those in that it offers an alla-prima method of painting, with more impressionistic brushwork, whereas the other two programs focus on classical studio painting techniques.
REFERENCE: DVD's "Sitting Pretty" and "Giving Thanks".