What Palette Should I Use for Painting Portraits?

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Painting portraits always requires you to make some special considerations when it comes to the palette that you use. Learn about what palette you should use for painting portraits with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth. I'm an artist out of Portland, Maine, and I'm going to tell you what palette you should use for painting portraits. On my palette I've put out a large blob of white, some yellow ocher, a little bit of red, burnt umber and black. With these five colors you should be able to achieve pretty much any skin tone you're looking for when painting portraits and then after that you can squeeze out whatever color you need for the eyes and the hair and little details of clothing but this will give you your basic colors that you need for painting a portrait and you can mix these together to achieve just a very wide range of colors and always remember when you're mixing especially in portraits add just a little bit of each color at a time so that your colors don't get overwhelmed too much by one color or another. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you what palette you should use when painting portraits.


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