Friday, February 15, 2013

Oil Painting Portrait Tutorial Video - Ben Lustenhouwer

Hello from cool & rainy southern Florida. It's been pouring since I arrived yesterday morning.  I can't believe I've been wearing a sweatshirt!  Hoping for sunny skies soon!

An Art Appetizer for you:

Featured Artist - Ben Lustenhouwer

Lustenhouwer is another gifted artist who has shared his talents by producing a number of wonderful YouTube oil painting tutorial videos with many great insights for painting portraits.

One of the interesting techniques he uses to determine the right skin tone on various parts of the face is to take a white sheet of paper with a small square cut into it.  He then places it over the photograph he is using to isolate a color before mixing it.  Great tip.   

the color against the white helps you see the correct color

In this video (time 10:37) Lustenhouwer shows how to start a portrait painting: 

In this video (time 2:57), he adds color to the portrait.



  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful video!!
    I work with pastels but this has inspired me to at least "try" portraits in oil...

  2. Thank you for your comments. Its lovely when you hear you've inspired someone.

  3. The videos are really awesome. It's very easily understandable. Thanks for sharing such a step-by-step guide which will definitely help users. Canvas Wall Art