Painting a portrait in oils: A guide

An artist painting a portrait in oils

Painting a portrait in oils has always been one of the most popular ways to create art. Galleries are packed full of portraits of famous and not-so-famous faces captured in oil paint and displayed for the world to see. But it isn't always a straightforward process, and there is a lot you can do to improve your process. This guide is here to show you exactly how to emulate those prestigious works of art.


- Pen
- Oil paint
- Canvas
- Paintbrushes

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Howard has worked in the video game industry as a concept artist and art director. He has also freelanced on properties like Magic: the Gathering and Warcraft, as well as a fine artist for galleries.
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