Nandan Nair

Painting Tips That I Learnt – 4


Whenever you paint, you always want to make it look realistic with the same color as you may observe it. However, you don’t need to do that when you are painting portraits. Instead, you can choose different colors. Either way, you will get the same results if you make sure you are following the light. That is because of one thing – “VALUE”. Value is the tone of a color. For example, yellow has a light tone. Just like my self-portrait painting. As you could see, I did not use skin colors, but I still made it look realistic. The rule is “It does not matter what color you use as long as you the VALUE is right.” For example, you can use orange color for the regular skin of the person on portrait and blue color for the folds and still the portrait will look natural and artistic even though these are not the normal skin colors. This is because VALUE. So next time you make a portrait, think about different VALUES or tones of the colors. You never know when this might come in handy!

So, what do you think ?