A fresh take on colour and light

Wangjie Li en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween colour and light in a por­trait, with a dose of in­spi­ra­tion from tra­di­tional tech­niques

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Im­prove your por­trait skills with Wangjie Li’s help.

Dig­i­tal paint­ing tools have come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years; peo­ple can use tablets to pro­duce works of art at home or away, with all the con­ve­nience that brings. And it’s also be­come eas­ier than ever to take tra­di­tional paint­ing tech­niques and ap­ply them to the dig­i­tal can­vas.

I’m a young artist who ap­proaches his work with great en­thu­si­asm. I’m keen to take the idea of ex­pres­sive el­e­ments from the Old Masters and por­tray them in my work, be­cause it’s im­por­tant to pass on th­ese ideas to a new gen­er­a­tion of art fans. In this work­shop, I’ll be tak­ing you through a step-by-step draw­ing of a study of a fe­male por­trait. The value of colour and light­ing are the main top­ics that I’d like to cover, which should hope­fully give you some­thing new to con­sider in your art­works. In­deed, I nor­mally like to paint with a dy­namic light source as the main el­e­ment in my work.

I’ve learnt the ma­jor­ity of my paint­ing tech­niques by study­ing the Old Masters, and those dig­i­tal artists whose art stands out from the crowd. My favourites are John Singer Sar­gent and Craig Mullins; you can learn much by study­ing their work. Re­cently, I’ve learnt some new tech­niques from Sar­gent’s paint­ings, es­pe­cially his process of break­ing up cool­ness and warmth in a paint­ing to achieve trans­parency. I hope you like my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Sar­gent’s mas­ter­ful style.

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