Ten Types Of Portraits You Should Know About

Greetings of the season to all the art lovers out there! Since we have been talking about various gifting ideas related to portraits in some of our previous posts; we would be talking about what all kind of portraits are available out there and how to identify them. So, gear up art lovers, ready your palettes and come discover the ten kinds of portraits that define contemporary art.

  1. Oil Paintings

Oil paintings are probably the most common kind of paintings out there. Used by most of the artists out there, oil painting is often defined as the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. Commonly used oils include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil etc. the kind of oil used depends on how much yellow you want your painting to look after it ages. Due to the use of oils and pigments, such portraits often sport an unfinished texture that adds to the finesse of the artist.   

     2. Watercolor Paintings

This is a method often used by beginners to start off their journey towards art. It includes the creation of portraits using paints made up of pigments suspended in water-based solution. The paper on which the portrait is made is entirely or partially made of cotton that adds a subtle texture to the portrait and also minimizes distortion when wet. These portraits are the perfect example of how beautiful simple things can be.

    3. Charcoal Paintings

For all those who drool over monochrome, charcoal paintings are just what you are looking for. Charcoal is a form of dry art medium of finely ground organic materials held together by gum or wax binders. Charcoals are often used by artists for their versatile properties and an unusual texture that adds to the beauty of the painting. Charcoals are capable of producing both dark and light lines thus breathing life into the portrait. Moreover, their ability to draw over any surface deepens the impact.


    4. Pencil Sketches

Another technique used by beginners, pencil sketches involves artists executing a freehanded sketch that serves as an unfinished version of the final portrait. Pencil sketches may solve a number of purposes such as an artist documenting what he sees in front of him in the real time.

    5. Coloured Pencil Sketches

Similar to its monochromatic cousin, these sketches employ the use of pencils with narrow leads of color pigments instead of black lead. Water soluble pencils, wax pencils, and colored leads are available in the market each offering something new to the portrait.

   6. Acrylic Paintings

A fast drying alternative to the oil paintings, these paintings are made up of Acrylic paint that is made of pigments suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. These paints are water soluble but become water resistant once dry. Acrylic paints are capable enough to give the same kind of texture like oil paintings or the light diluting effect of watercolor. Acrylic paints are a reliable solution in case you run out of oil paints.


    7. Digital Art

Ever since the arrival of digital media, artists have been experimenting with various tools that are very capable of creating digital artworks. Although frowned upon initially, people have gradually opened up to this form of art in the recent times and it has acted as a game changer in the recent times in the market for digital advertising.

    8. Pastel Art

A pastel is an art medium consisting of pure pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are those used in all colored art media, including oil paints. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process. So, if you want your colors to speak out loud you can definitely go for a pastel.

    9. Ball Point Pen Art

Since their invention in the mid-20th century, ballpoint pens have proven to be of great utility to professional artists or amateur doodlers. Such arts over the time have been regularly compared to traditional artworks. Low cost, availability, and portability are cited by practitioners as qualities which make this common writing tool a convenient art supply.


    10. Mixed Media

In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium is employed. When creating a painted or photographed work using mixed media care is taken to allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final will have structural integrity. Many effects can be achieved by using mixed media as you can attain a variety of self-expression by combining a lot of objects in conjunction with traditional media.

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