Portrait Mediums & Styles
A Guide To All Mediums
Many times it comes down to budget, but if that's not the case, it can sometimes be a hard task to choose the right medium and style for your portrait. I have created a simple guide to help you choose medium and style.
If you would like my professional opinion about which medium & style would suit your photos, do not hesitate to email them at any time. I paint portraits in both detailed and painterly styles, view the differences below.
Detailed or Painterly Oil Paintings
Oils are suitable for any realistic or painterly representation. When painting detailed, I spend a lot of time layering paint and allowing it to dry between stages. I also focus on all parts that makes a realistic painting.
When painting in a painterly style, I focus mainly on color harmony, light and expression.
Detailed Pastel Paintings
Pastel paintings are suitable for any realistic scene. Everything from head studies, bull bodies and fully painted backgrounds can be created.
Even though both oil and pastel paintings are painted in full color, the mediums are quite different. Pastels are painted with soft sticks and pencils on paper.
A completed pastel can never be touched on the suface. If you would like a detailed pastel painting, reckon on framing too.
Detailed Pencil Drawings
If you like details, drama or don't mind there is no color in artwork, then the traditional graphite pencil drawings are for you.
Again, everything from head studies to full bodies and fully drawn backgrounds can be created with pencils. All pencils are all drawn on Fabriano 5 paper and are delivered with a mount /matt.
Painterly Conté Crayons
If you like sepia colored and painterly styled portraits with a touch of artistic drama, then this medium is for you.
Again, everything from head studies to full bodies and fully drawn backgrounds can be created with conté, but with a simpler style.
All conté crayons are drawn on colored or white paper and are delivered with a mount /matt.