Below we learn about oil painting portraits from photos through the work of three very talented portrait painting artists. There is definitely some disagreement amongst artists as to whether or not painting from a photograph is helpful or detrimental to your progress. Many say the best reference is a live model while others are perfectly at home with a photo reference. Not very many people have access to a live model and a photo reference is good substitute and quite suitable for learning how to paint portraits in my opinion. I would try both though, just to see which method you prefer.
How to Paint a Portrait from a Photo
Portrait painting lessons from Andrew Tischler on how to paint a portrait from a photo and breaks down his process on how to paint portraits from start to finish. Here you will see some of Andrew Tischler’s favourite techniques! Visit the artist’s youtube channel here.
Oil Portrait Painting From Photos with Jessica Henry
Classical Impressionist artist, Jessica Henry, demonstrates a very simple approach to oil painting the portrait. She discusses measuring and capturing emotion in her subjects. Visit the artist’s youtube channel here.
How to Paint from Photographs
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