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Why choosing a portrait paint by numbers
There are many themes and options to choose from when it comes to painting by number art kits. One of people’s favorite designs includes portraits, as they can often be incredibly expressive. Even for experienced artists, portraits can take many hours of constant work, but it doesn’t need to be such a stressful endeavor!
Using a portrait paint by numbers for adults, you can enjoy painting beautiful faces without worrying about the technical details. For a DIY art kit, no mixing of colors is involved, and all you need to do is fill in the numbered area on the canvas with your brush. You don’t need to spend time worrying about gradients, shadows or lights, as you simply follow a simple pattern on the template.
What makes a good portrait
There are many things that can make a portrait stand out. Usually, portraits are a depiction of an emotional state, expressed through the facial features of the figure. Using photographs or a picture as a reference can be a great way to improve your understanding of face proportions, so you can accurately paint any faces.
Facial proportions and expressions are hard to get right even for an experienced painter, but by using paint by number you are making your job much easier, as you let yourself sit back and enjoy the relaxing painting process.
Types of portraits
If you want to give it a try to paint portraits, then good news: there are plenty of styles you can choose from. You can simply draw a sketch or opt to add some color to your drawing, from any angle you want, frontal or profile.
Some people prefer painting realistic portraits, but there are plenty of alternatives: you can paint caricature or cartoon portraits, silhouette or abstract paint by numbers.
What paint to use for portraits?
For paintings, you can use a paint pot of either acrylic or oil paints, as they both have their advantages and disadvantages. Acrylic paint tends to dry quicker on the canvas, while oil dries slower and is better for blending any area. Oils also have more pigment in them, making your artwork more vivid.
However, most artists use acrylic paint due to it being easier to use and taking less time to dry, so they can frame it as fast as possible and show it off.
It is really up to your preference, but it is better to be familiar with how to use each type of paint before getting started.
Famous portraits paintings
Portraits have been a subject in the artwork of many painters throughout history. Many artists worked on predominantly female portraits, to represent their soft features, fragility and beauty.
Perhaps one of the most famous and referenced portraits in history is La Joconde, or Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo DaVinci during the Renaissance. It has become such an iconic painting, due to the mysterious portrayal of a woman of unknown identity. The dark gradient also helps keep the mysterious tone of this painting. Many people visit the Louvre Museum in Paris every year simply to see this piece of art with their own eyes.
Even if most of the time artists paint other subjects, they sometimes choose to paint themselves through self-portrait art. It is the case of Vincent van Gogh with his “Self-portrait with Felt Hat” (1888) or Frida Kahlo and her “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” (1940).
Portraits are not always about painting. One of the most famously known photo portraits is “Afghan girl” by Steve McCurry, representing a young defiant Afghan girl, with amazing green eyes.
Did not find your perfect DIY portrait painting?
If you are not interested in a portrait paint set, you can always create a DIY custom paint by numbers kit for yourself, using any photo you want. Make this the perfect gift for a loved one, or simply use it to have fun while painting your favorite images.