This a project I'm doing with the oil painting class I teach on Tuesday mornings at Forstall Art Center in Birmingham, AL. We are doing small studies of each facial feature. Eventually we will do a complete portrait with the skills gained by studying the features individually. Here's Part 1 in which I drew the eye.
I am constantly trying new things but for now this is my go-to starting place. I develop 4 basic flesh tones. Having a method helps me and seems to help my students.
|This is my standard palette.|
|They become what I think of as a pink flesh, a golden flesh, a green flesh and a putty flesh.|
I then place a bit of the dark mixture above each color pile leaving some room between it and the base colors I just mixed.
|I then mix a little of my base colors with the dark to get a light shadow.|
|Squint to see shadow shapes.|
|~I have aded a bit of cad red to pump up the color under the brow and under the lower lid.|
~The white of the eye is basically a cooler flesh tone. I added cobalt/ultramarine to achieve that.
|Actually I couldn't resist working on it a bit more. I refined the shape of the iris, toned down the reds under the brow, and worked on the eyebrow a bit. There is a lot more I could do but it's just a study so I'm calling it done.|