One of the common problems and questions I get about portraits is how do I get a likeness? I discuss this and offer some tips on this challenging area. Of course there are many ways to tackle a portrait, here I give some tips based on how I would develop a portrait but if something else works for you, stick with it!
Many learners are quite surprised when I tell them that you can get by with just three paint colours. These paints, the primary colours are red, blue and yellow and in theory you can mix any colour from them. Is it true? Can you have too many paint colours?
The Importance of Colour Mixing
When you are learning to paint it is important to learn how colours are created. You can only really gain a knowledge of colours by mixing them and for this you need to just work with the primaries. I recommend that all beginners work with primary colours and mix all the colours themselves.