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Figure Painting Tip: Using Dark Backgrounds for Portraits

A tip to add to your figure painting knowledge.

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When painting portraits, paint the canvas in a dark background color, like a burnt umber and black mix. This will help add shadows and contrast. I do it to all my portrait paintings as this method helps me not have to put in the shadows in the faces, I just have to layer my light colors.

Tip from: Jenny Wilson


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