30 Paintings in 30 Days -Day 5

Ink and oil painting on illustration board

30 Paintings in 30 Days- Day 5
Today I have an ink and oil painting of Charlize Theron. The oil paints that I have been using are water soluble so I can get thin layers of paint and still keep the ink drawing visible. I do like to paint with thicker paint but with the quick turnaround of painting daily I chose to use this technique. But, I think another reason I use it is because I like to use watercolors and this has a similar look to that.
And why did I chose to do a portrait of Charlize Theron? I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of her. She is certainly a great actress and I’ve enjoyed some of her films. I would say I went with her because she has a timeless beauty and style to her. I also liked the high contrast in the lighting of the reference I used.
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4 thoughts on “30 Paintings in 30 Days -Day 5”

    1. Thanks Helen! Skin tones are one of my many painting frustrations. I tend to over work faces and then the paint gets chalky. I think that’s one of the reasons I like painting with watercolors. Nice thin layers. With this painting I did a really detailed pencil drawing and used really thinned out oils to try and not let it get too thick.

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