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Dry brush for portraits a step by step painting tutorial by Sandrine Pelissier

Portrait painting tutorial and video for dry brush painting technique

I recently started to experiment with dry brushing, it is a technique that allows you to make paintings that look like drawing in a fraction of the time. This technique is particularly efficient to make soft edged shading.

Portrait painting tutorial and video for dry brush painting technique

For dry brushing you need a few stiff brushes to paint details and one or two soft round brushes for shading.

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Paint brushes for dry brushing

 

What works well for me is to spread a small quantity of oil paint on a piece of cardboard, then rub my brush on this paint, and dry if a bit on a paper towel before painting on the paper.

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dry brushing portrait painting tutorial

Taking paint from the cardboard and drying the brush on the paper towel

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I find it surprising but you can quite easily erase the paint on the paper with a kneaded or regular eraser, this is very convenient when adding highlights to your portrait.

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The finished painting

I used watercolor paper with a very fine texture, you can also use bristol paper.

 

Portrait painting tutorial and video for dry brush painting technique
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