Hair (for Oil Painting) 'Learn to Enjoy Painting Portraits and Figures' with Paul Taggart
Although demonstrated in oil paints, this technique can be applied to working in stiff acrylic mixes, with white added to the core palette of colours, as you would in oil paints.
Whilst Paul would work in far more layers than shown here, these 'stylised' studies of hair are worked through in as few layers as possible to show the building blocks required to achieve the volume, form and rhythm of hair.
This follows on from the Hair Basics tutorial in which Paul demonstrated the basic principles on which the hair is formed and also produced a simple drawing of a lock of hair followed by several examples of a head of hair.
SEE THIS AS AN EXERCISE STUDY, WHICH YOU CAN REFINE WITH PRACTICE AND ADAPT TO THE TECHNIQUES THAT YOU ARE DEVELOPING YOURSELF.
Working Alla Prima -- Paul firstly turns his attention to the FIRST EXERCISE - hair is about rhythm and movement as well as about volume -- so rather than go straight into a head of hair Paul first of all turns his attention to a single lock of hair -- so that you can understand the process of firstly achieving softness, before selectively strengthening up and adding detail; then effecting those all-important highlights. IN THIS LOCK OF HAIR HE SHOWS HOW TO ACHIEVE THE SOFTNESS AND VOLUME IN HAIR -- FOLLOWED BY THE DETAIL OF THE STRANDS AND THE HIGHLIGHTS
SECOND EXERCISE -- Paul kicks off the FIRST STAGE of this layered technique in which he is working from dark to light by loosely sketching in the shape of the head of hair. This is followed by blocking in the first underpainting layer.
STAGE TWO is worked in impasto -- building up through the layers from dark to light -- with Paul applying paint, then using blending to create the softness of hair. Texture and strands are achieved with finer strokes and through the use of sgraffito.
This is a detailed tutorial, packed full of hints and tips -- where you will learn about blending, about Mixing Specific Colours, about the importance of working gradually through values to achieve form and volume, about Light and Shade and so much more.
See this as an exercise study, which you can refine with practice and adapt to the techniques that you are developing yourself and throw away those preconceived ideas that painting figures and portraits is difficult. This is an area that many avoid, which is a pity, for it is to deny themselves a hugely rewarding painting experience.
Portraits and figure paintings are central to Artist & Author Paul Taggart's work as a collected Professional Fine Artist.
Tutoring people in how to enjoy painting portraits and figure paintings is also Paul's passion. Viewers will soon recognise that enthusiasm and will benefit from over forty years of experience spent sharing his knowledge and traditional techniques.