How I Chose the Color Scheme for Coco Chanel Painting

First of all, what made me choose to paint Coco Chanel? I was looking for an inspiration for my next painting, wasn’t sure what to paint… then while I was applying my favorite perfume “CHANEL Allure “, the amazing fragrance which I have been using the last 10 years, the inspiration hit me! My paintings are all about elegance, and who is more elegant than Coco Chanel? She is a legend! A symbol of class, grace and perfection… I searched the internet for a photo of her, I picked the clearest photo I could find out there… And since I love to use unique color mixes, I started to think of what colors to choose for the painting… Read on to find out!

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It was straightforward! Coco Chanel is a fashion icon, and she is all about elegant colors, so I collected the colors I wanted from the brand’s beauty products 🙂 I then organized them together into this collage, as a guide for my color palette 🙂

I started by a basic sketch with pencils, then by an Ivory Black oil paint.

I then proceeded with multiple layers, and reached to this stage and left it to dry. I chose blue color scheme for the background’s right side, and pink color scheme for the left side to add a pleasant colorful contrast to the painting

I then started to define more accuracy to the face, hair, and the background

This stage looks better, but I needed to add more highlights to the hair and the face

After the previous stage was completely dry, I started to add these beautiful highlights on the hair and the face, and also worked on the pearl neckless. And of course, an earing with CHANEL logo 🙂

So this is the final version! An elegant oil painting portrait for the elegant Coco Chanel!

(This painting is sold)

Check out my tutorial on how to mix oil colors with easy step-by-step instructions:

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