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 Cobra 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
- Cobra Artist Oil Colour Tube 40 ml Titanium White (#105)
- Cobra Artist Oil Colour Tube 40 ml Ivory Black (#701)
- Cobra Artist Oil Colour Tube 40 ml Burnt Umber (#409)
- Cobra Artist Oil Colour Tube 40 ml Yellow Ochre (#227)
- Cobra Artist Oil Colour Tube 40 ml Cadmium Red Medium (#314)
- Round (#1 and #2) and flat (#7) synthetic brushes
- Tear-off palette
- Cobra Painting Medium 091
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, mixed with the painting medium.
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 #cobraoilpaint!
This wonderful step-by-step plan was made for Cobra by Zarina Situmorang (@zarinasart on Instagram).