How to paint a nose using oil colours
Facial features are difficult to recreate, especially when working with oil colours. In this step-by-step plan, artist Zarina Situmorang (@zarinasart on Instagram) shows us how she builds a nose using Rembrandt and Van Gogh oil colours.
“Today we’ll paint a nose. I love noses! And I hope that I could share a piece of my love with you by this tutorial.” Let’s begin!
What you need
- Rembrandt oil colour in Titanium White (#118)
- Rembrandt oil colour in Ivory Black (#701)
- Rembrandt oil colour in Burnt Umber (#409)
- Van Gogh oil colour in Yellow Ochre (#227)
- Van Gogh oil colour in Cadmium Red Medium (#314)
- Round (#1 and #2) and flat (#7) synthetic brushes
- Tear-off palette
- Talens white spirit
- Talens bleached linseed oil
I usually divide the process of the painting into three stages:
- The base. This part is pretty sloppy. I try out different colours, see how they work together and add some variety.
- The transition. Once I’m happy with the result of the previous step, I proceed to mix and add the transitional colours in between the existing colours.
- The blending. This is where I create smooth lines between the colours I have already applied. I use an old fluffy brush to do that.
Create some mixes of different skin tones and shadow shades on your palette using the colours pictured and the white spirit and linseed oil.
Paint the outline of the nose. I did this using a diluted brown colour.
Fill in the shape using the three brown shades we mixed on our palette. These will be our base.
Different parts of the nose have different tints. For example, the tip usually has more red, so let’s add some red!
Add your transition colours and blend them together with the existing colours.
Time for some blending. I use an old fluffy brush to smooth the lines between all the colours.
For the final touches I have added a bit more detail to the nostrils and finally added a highlight.
And our nose is done! I hope you liked this lesson. Don’t forget to share your results using #RoyalTalens!
This wonderful step-by-step plan was made for Royal Talens by Zarina Situmorang (@zarinasart on Instagram).