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Chris Saper: Portrait Tips For Oils

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In this video tutorial Chris Saper talks of the amount of natural and artificial light which has impacted on her portrait. She tells of how it’s important to notice the warm tones and ambient colors to help justify your renderings within the painting. Her use of the exact same pigment from the background is used to mix in with her model to almost oppose contrast and enhance the balance between the subject and the environment. For such a short video it really does harness so useful tips.

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