How do you make a portrait. How to paint a portrait. Learn how to paint an oil portrait, with crayons, with pencils, with acrylic, with watercolors. A portrait that perfectly resembles the subject to be depicted. Transfer the drawing of the face, with millimeter proportions, to the paper or to the canvas. Prepare a palette with colors that allow you to paint the complexion, the variations in skin tones, the brightness of the eye. Transfer a photograph on the canvas to prepare the portrait. This is not just an article, but a precious free manual, written thanks to the convergence of painters and art historians, who briefly illustrate, with incontrovertible evidence, the secrets of the shop and the tricks of the trade, which other texts do not mention.

This will make the aspiring portrait painter or the scholar who knows stylistic problems without having been able to deepen the techniques, to focus perfectly on the problem. In the end we will offer, with extreme clarity, the technical solutions that are used today, such as how to transfer the image of a photograph on the canvas, without having to resort to complex instruments, but being able to take advantage of a simple copying machine or printer


The wet-on-wet painting with oil is so called because it is possible to apply a fresh (wet) color over a color that has not yet dried (wet). This application process should be used with great care just because the color base is not stable and the colors can mix too much.

In the search for light and dark the different shades are flanked. In fact, you have the color inside defined edges and then fade to get the contrast. With the wet-on-wet technique instead, the overlap of the color enhances the nuances and the thickness of the relief on the canvas. The technique is typical of the Impressionists.

Painting wet on wet with watercolor has few but fundamental rules that if you learn can be applied on different supports. This technique allows obtaining brilliant and harmonious results. With this method, the painting is performed in a single session, with a “single” layer that usually is opaque or semi-opaque.


Do you wish to start drawing and painting in watercolor?

The best thing will be to follow drawing courses or painting stages; but here are some basic information that will allow you to learn this painting technique.

You must first of all know that the watercolor painting is used on a paper support. Making a watercolor on a canvas will not make any sense, since the linen, as well as the cotton canvas will absorb the painting, before you have had time to use it.

You will then need to purchase adequate paper. There are all kinds of them, with different weights. This will depend on your preferences and your goals. The watercolor paper is thick, to prevent the paper from being damaged or torn due to the abundance of water.

To begin with, the artist has two solutions: either he paints directly on the sheet of dry paper, or wets the sheet with his own brush, before laying the color.