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How to paint a portrait from a photo

What paint do you use for portraits?

Personally I think acrylics are the best choice for beginners as they’re easy to learn to use, dilute and clean up with water, and there are brands available that are a good balance between quality and price.

Which type of painting is best for beginners?

Acrylic paint

Is painting over a photo cheating?

It’s certainly not cheating. If you feel like you’re cheating yourself, that’s a different matter. But if you’re still in the learning process, it can be a very good practice. Eventually you won’t need images to paint over.

Is portrait painting difficult?

Portrait painting is a tricky subject. Often, you’re trying to achieve a person’s likeness—which is itself challenging enough—while also focusing on technique. But the fact that a good portrait is hard to achieve is a great reason to try painting one in the first place.

Why do artists paint portraits?

Before the invention of photography, a painted, sculpted, or drawn portrait was the only way to record the appearance of someone. … But portraits have always been more than just a record. They have been used to show the power, importance, virtue, beauty, wealth, taste, learning or other qualities of the sitter.

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