Friday, April 5, 2013



Here are the 4 kinds of loves according to the Greeks:

Agape- selfless, sacrificial, unconditional.

Storge- family ties, the bond among mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers

Philia- close friendship or brotherly kindness

Eros- the physical, sensual affection

Saturday, March 23, 2013

acrylic on paper

So you like to do portraits and you are really ready to start painting. Here is a list of supplies you'll need. Now keep in mind this is just to get your feet wet, you'll definitely be adding more later but this will move you in the right direction.
       Try painting on watercolor paper. Here are some of the advantages:
       a. It will make the transition easier because you can draw on watercolor paper like any other paper. It is not as easy to draw on canvas.
      b. Easy storage in the beginning when your figuring things out. You won't have to make so much space for a 24 page watercolor tablet like you would 24 canvases.
       Make your drawing with a 2H pencil. your using a 2H pencil because it makes light lines that won't bleed too much into the paint & it easy to erase to keep your drawing as clean as possible. By making a drawing you will greatly improve the possibility of success. You're doing something you know how to do, which will be a road map for the thing you are learning. You could even use color pencils or watercolor pencils.
       Use a limited pallet of burnt sienna, mars black, titanium white. I find that skin tones are red based. Sienna is a reddish brown color. If you add white it makes it look like lighter skin tones. If you add black it looks like  darker skin tones. There isn't any fancy formula to figure out. Lighter skin tones are mostly titanium white with a touch of sienna. Darker skin tones are mostly sienna and touches of mars black (video to see how I handle dark skin tones ) . 
       Use a #2 & 5# round and a 3/4 flat brushes. I used Princeton red sable synthetic best series brushes. But I would recommend that you get white taklon brushes.
        a.  You'll need to use synthetic brushes because acrylic paint destroy natural hair bristles.
        b.  You should choose white taklon over the Princeton red synthetic sable best series brushes because taklon brushes have stiffer bristle. They can handle more paint and retain its shape. the softer bristle Princeton brushes are better for watercolor like techniques. Because you'll be experimenting with different technique those taklon brushes will be a better value. 
        c.  The #2 brush is use for fine details. The 3/4 flat brush is use for larger areas like the background. You will probably use the #5 the most. In this painting I diluted the paint very very thin. I applied the paint in thin washes (video where I use a similar technique ). I let each layer dry fully before starting a next one.
       Other essential not in the video are containers, towels and a pallet. You'll need a container to wash your brushes and a towel to wipe it (video on paint brush maintenance ). You need a water bottle to keep paints wet. My pallet is a jewelry box I found at a discount store. It works great because it closes and that eliminates the problem of having your paint dry too quickly. Anything that closes and has a none porous surface will work fine like portion cup or an ice tray. Just put plastic rap on top to keep it wet. So that is everything I think you'll need to get started. And if you really want to paint on canvas anything you'll find at a craft or art supply store should be fine. Stay away from heavy weight and medium weight canvases if you can for now.  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Barak Obama

Here is a picture of the most famous black man in the world the president of the United States Barak Obama.To simplify things imagine all the black areas like the hair, the eye brows, the nostrils and the line of the lips as burnt umber. Now imagine most of the right side of his face, some of the ears and lips as sienna. Now imagine that most of the left side of his face and highlights on the right side as naples yellow.     

Here I've picked out 6 different distinct colors to show you how I break it down.
In the videos I break down the colors into 3 groups. They are darks, mediums or mids and lights. each group has 2 colors. heres a break down of each color

1) 1 part umber/ 1 part mars black: this will be the darkest tones like the hair, the lips, the nostrils, the eye brows and the eyes. the umber/black combo makes a specific kind of black that will be consistant with the rest of the colors around the face.
2) 1 part umber/ 1 part sienna: this will be the lighter dark tone. It will go around the eyes the shadow on the bridge of the nose around most of the jaw line, the frown lines the shadow of the nostril, lips etc. this is a dark brown color not too dark. the sienna lightens the umber

3) 1 part umber/ 1 part sienna/ 1 part naples yellow: this would be the forhead , cheeks, around the chin around the nose, ears, lips, eyes etc. the addition of the naples yellow lightens up the mix of color 2. It makes it lighter and keeps it consistent.
4) 1 part umber/ 1 part sienna/ 1 part naples yellow/ 1 part titanium white: this would also go on the forhead, and every else you put color 3, the left side of the cheek etc.

5) 1 part umber/ 1 part sienna/ 2 parts naples yellow/ 2 parts titanium white: this color would go mostly on the left side of the face, it's the highlights for the right side of the face, the ears, forhead etc.
6) 1 part umber/ 1 part sienna/ 2 part naples yellow/ 4 part titanium white: this will be your highlights in the forhead, nose, ears etc.
you see that each color is built on the colors that comes before it. each color is distinct enough to stand out but really similar to all the colors around it.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

How to Paint Acrylic Portraits

I went back to basic with this one. I want you to learn to painting the easiest way possible. Everything you need to know is explained in these 7 videos. Runtime- 33:23

 Right click the image and save . Print both images and we are ready to begin.