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Liberate Your Colours

Create a portrait using every colour in the spectrum as your palette. Bao Pham shows you how...

I started out drawing anime then slowly moved to more realistic subjects. By the time I discovered painting it was the summer before college. My first oil painting was a small self-portrait. I remember being very timid with the paint, and was afraid to make any mistakes. By the time I was finished, I was hooked. It wasn’t about the paint as much as it was about using colour to create pictures, and the possibilities that opened up. I continued to paint and it wasn’t until my last year of college that I began to grasp the concept of colour.

I took to colour pretty naturally and have always been comfortable using it. I constantly think in colour and lately it has been the driving force for most of my paintings. Colour is everywhere; if you stop and look you might find a palette already picked out for you.

For this workshop, I’m going to be using Photoshop and little bit of Painter to create a portrait using the whole spectrum of colour as my palette. Painting is a back and forth process for me, so don’t take the steps too literally. I generally paint everything at once and then keep flitting between steps, refining it until the very end.

It takes time to understand colour, and it’s only through observation and experience will you be able to achieve your desired results. Trust your instincts and experiment as much as you can.

From issue 23.


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