Portraits, Paint and Photoshop

with Jennifer Whitten

Day 1 Session


Suitable for: SECONDARY

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Photoshop to decipher the palettes artists used for skin and dispel the colour myths of skin.

The focus is on colour-mixing and using Photoshop to help you do it, using the exact process Jen uses to create her own palettes.
Participants will mix and work their way across the canvas, even after the class is over. Mixing (through the Photoshop lens) will help you develop sensitivity to the colour nuances in skin that would otherwise be missed.

Leave with an appreciation for the complexities of skin colour.


About the Presenter

Jennifer Whitten is an American artist and immigrated to Melbourne in 2009. At the start of her career her fastidious and highly skilled manner of working seemed well suited for medical illustration, but she quickly abandoned medical studies in pursuit of her own artistic investigations.

For years, her photorealistic paintings have navigated the aestheticisation of absence and autobiographical nostalgia; and most recently, after an encounter in Italy with a collection of 18th century reverse-glass paintings, she determined that glass would serve as an ideal conduit of these themes. Oil, reverse-glass and representational painting have lengthy histories, but Jennifer’s edgy recontextualisation of these methods upends any hint of the conventional. Incorporating everything from steel, to video, to live music, her complex installations defy the traditional 2D confines set for painting, but preserve its seduction and sincerity.

Click Here to watch Jennifer paint Self Portrait as Ophelia on Glass





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Artwork & Images courtesy of Jennifer Whitten