When I saw your announcement of Santa and the Santa Dog/Cat I immediately ordered. But I have a big, big question. What are the formulas you use for mixing up all of the colors in Santa’s portrait and do you use the same colors for the Dog/Cat? I just need to know what colors to go out and purchase. Brenda Lee, Peoria, IL
Hi Brenda and thanks for the question.
First, there are seven basic colors I use in painting Santa, or any other wildlife or human portrait. With these colors, its a matter of mixing one particular color and using it to make the rest.
Darrell’s Portrait Color Mixing Guide
Rose Color: 1 part Burnt Sienna, 6 parts Orange
Dark Flesh Color: 1 Part Rose Color, 2 parts Raw Sienna
Light Flesh Color: 1 Part Dark Flesh Color, 2 parts Titanium White
Skin Highlight: 1 part Titanium White, Touch of Light Flesh Color
Shadow Color: 4 parts Deep Flesh Color, 1 part Violet Color
For painting wildlife fur I also add
1. Raw Umber
2. Raw Sienna