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Tools for the job
There are a wide variety of brushes available on the market. Each brush has a different stroke depending on the piece you are working on (per below illustration). I always include a decorators brush - it's useful for priming canvasses & for covering a large area with colour.
The Colour Wheel...
I prefer working from a photograph as it's less hassle and stress for the subject to sit. Most of the work I get are presents for special occasions and the intended recipient isn't expecting a caricature or portrait. The quickest, best & most secretive means of getting me images to work from to add to the surprise is to take digital photos & e-mail them to me. Although I am gifted in getting the likeness spot on I do insist on good quality photographs.
The perfect palette
Some artists get hung up on the correct "sequence" their colours should appear on the palette. I personally do not mind which order I position the colour - as long as it is on there.. The best palette I use is a white dining plate which costs about £2.50 from the local supermarket.
It's white so affords the same colour on the palette that it will be on the white watercolour paper or canvas. It's great for mixing paint & is easy to clean - & if all else fails you can eat your dinner off it when peckish!
Primary, Secondary & Tertiary colours
Primary Colours: red, yellow & blue
These 3 colours can not be mixed by any combination of other colours. Almost all other colours are made from these 3 colours.
Secondary Colours: green, orange & purple
Formed by mixing the primary colours together.
Tertiary Colours: yellow-orange, red-orange, red purple, blue purple, blue -green & yellow=green
Formed by mixing a primary & secondary colour - which is why tertiary colours are hyphenated two colour names.
Note the names & colour codes opposite.
equal good paintings!
If the face is out of focus your resemblance will not be as good.
This one here is pretty cool though of my old mate John.
Use indicator lines for air as the subject is moving. This is ideal for caricatures.
...& a moving plane
Other indicators are hair flowing, tassels and so on..
In this picture of my pilot brother, by some triangular shading of the propeller a further impression of movement is achieved.
Creating realistic eyes
The focal point of a portrait or caricature is the eyes. I always start a portrait with the eyes. Once you have the eyes right you can really have fun in completing your masterpiece. Without the eyes highlight the entire picture can look flat & cold.
For more realism add a highlight to the pupil as a point of light. It makes an added feature to "the windows of the soul".
A recent idea I've had is to incorporate the well wishes usually written in a card on the rear of my paintings.
It's a nice touch and this could be done for any presentation - be it a retirement, birthday or other special occasion.
You would never need worry about where you put your leaving card again - it's on the back of your masterpiece.
The back of your picture now has another purpose other than holding your painting in the frame!