by Dipika Gurnaney
Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani was known for his portraits, which were characterised by elongated faces. In his portraits, the neck is long while the lips and eyes are tiny.
What You Need:
- 2 sheets of coloured chart paper
- Oil pastels
- Stick the two sheets of chart paper vertically or use a single long sheet. To draw, use the same colour oil pastel as the chart paper because using a pencil to draw will leave marks once erased. For the outline of the face, make sure the face is drawn longer than the halfway mark of the paper. Also draw a long neck.
- Add features to the face small eyes, long nose and tiny lips. The size of the lips has to be proportional to the width of the nose to give character to the portrait. Add a scarf and a necklace around the neck of the portrait.
- To colour the portrait, use dark and light shades like pink and brown. Make one side of the face light and the other dark so it looks like a shadow. Use white for the necklace and add two or more colours to the scarf. The neck is below the face and hence covered by the shadow of the face so make the neck darker. This feature will make your portrait stand out. Make the ears darker too. Remember the direction of the shadow and shade your portrait accordingly. While shading, if one side is dark, maintain that throughout the portrait.
- For the hair, use brown, green, blue, red and black. Colour it in strokes as it makes the portrait look realistic. Colour in a single direction and give it shape. If the background is visible, leave it as highlights.
- Define the features on the face. The upper lip is usually darker than the lower lip. Use a dark tone below the nose, chin, eyebrows and lips.
- Complete the rest of your portrait by adding more colours and shading it. If you're using a dark coloured paper, clothes can be coloured in white.
- Lastly, use a dark brown and a black oil pastel to outline wherever necessary. Use dark brown for the nose and face and black for the scarf, necklace, nose and clothes.
- To finish, colour the background with the same colour as the paper and also mix two other tones. Give a pinkish tone to the cheeks.
Dipika Gurnaney studied at the Sir J J School of Fine Arts and is a recipient of a scholarship from the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Dipika has been teaching children art since 2002.