Chihiro Yabe: Oil Portrait Palette Feature
Diana_Oils

As a watercolorist using DANIEL SMITH Watercolors, I had stopped oil painting for a long time but when I started back up, I was tempted right away to try DANIEL SMITH Oil Paints!

Living in Seattle, I appreciate a local company and knowing that DANIEL SMITH Oil Paints are kind to the environment. They are also well matched with the linen I work on.

Featured Colors:

DANIEL SMITH Titanium White
DANIEL SMITH Burnt Umber
DANIEL SMITH Yellow Ochre Light
DANIEL SMITH Quinacridone Red
DANIEL SMITH Hooker’s Green
DANIEL SMITH Ultramarine Blue Deep
DANIEL SMITH Lemon Yellow
Color Use and Mixes:

With Burnt Umber and a big brush, I create my rough drawing first. Knowing that I can revise as I paint, it does not need to be perfect. For this subject the skin color was created with a mix of Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Red, Yellow Ochre Light with Titanium White.

I think the most difficult part of a face is capturing the expression of lips and my color mixture there was Titanium White and Quinacridone Red. I used Lemon Yellow, Perinone Orange and Cobalt Violet Light to create lights and shadows.

Some additional colors were used to create shadow on the skin. I used a combination of Hooker’s Green, Perinone Orange, Cobalt Violet Light and in the final stages Mediterranean Blue.

I painted the hair color after the skin colors dried a little. My subject’s hair is captured with a mix with Ultramarine Blue Deep with Burnt Umber – I also used Hooker’s Green in the sunlit areas.

The background of my painting is a rough mix of Raw Umber Violet and Yellow Ochre Light with Hooker’s Green and Cobalt Teal Blue. In the final stages I adjusted the whole image with Cobalt Violet Light.