RGA Friday

Mixed Media Portraits – Portraying Skin of Colour

Tutor: Elizabeth Baldin
23rd February 2024

We will be working in watercolour on a grey tinted background and adding other media such as gouache, ink pens, neocolour and/or pastel pencils.

Looking at portraying dark skin tones with an expressive and vibrant approach and defining the contours of the face with a rich, jewel-like colour palette. We will be working in watercolours first and then adding other media to give extra interesting marks and details.

What to bring:

  • Grey mixed media paper – Strathmore 400 series A3 (ish) size
  • 2b pencil
  • Eraser
  • Waterproof fine-liner pens in black (just 1 or 2 fairly fine ones like 0.3 and 0.5)
  • Watercolours
  • Brushes
  • Water pots
  • Kitchen towels
  • Pastel pencils or neo colour
  • White gouache
  • White gel pen or very fine-tipped
  • White posca pen

Two reference images that can be used for the workshop are available to download here, but people can bring along their own images if they prefer.

Check out the other planned RGA Fridays Workshops.

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