OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still Life Part 3

In this lesson we will be refining the forms in your subject. Adding and removing tone where necessary to give the main subject in the drawing a 3D…

Task 1: Observational Drawing

Observe this line drawing. Copy the direction of the lines, the angles of the lines and carefully observe where they start and where they end. Look into the…

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still Life Part 2

In this lesson we will be building on the lines and shapes from Part 1 by adding tone and some texture before starting to refine parts of the…

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still life Part 1

This exercise introduces techniques in charcoal which will provide you with a broad range of expression. We will look at loose textural application techniques that can be used…

OCAD Studio: Alla Prima Still Life Part 3

Following on from Part 2, here are a few suggestion for carrying on your painting: Now that all the major shapes and colours are established, you can begin…

OCAD Studio: Alla Prima Still Life Part 2

Following on from Part 1, here are a few suggestion for carrying on your painting: Once you have sketched in all the major shadow shapes, you will need…

OCAD Studio: Alla Prima Still Life Part 1

This project is based on the ‘alla prima’ method which means that the painting is completed all at once – in a single sitting before the paint dries….

Task 9: Colour Scales and Still Life

TASK: Understanding your media and how to mix/use colours 1) Make some painted tonal scales. 2) Make a colour still life painting incorporating appropriate colour tones and universal…

  Varnish is the final protective layer added to a completed oil or acrylic painting. They can also help to enhance the painting once it’s dry. You can…

Task 8 Colour Theory

What is colour theory? If colour theory is simplified, it can be broken down into 3 parts- The colour wheel, colour value, and colour schemes. Each part of…

OCAD Studio: Broken Colour Exercise

In this exercise you will discover how to make your flat colours more vibrant by laying them in a broken fashion rather than painting a solid mixed tone….

OCAD Studio: 7 Canvas Stretching Tips

Stretching your own canvases can be great way to improve the quality of your surfaces and save money at the same time. Watch the video tutorial and read…

OCAD Studio: Intro to Broken Colour

If you find that your paintings are lacking in vibrancy, then applying some broken colour is a great way to liven them up. Broken colour is a reasonably…

Task 7: Tonal Portrait Drawing

A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display…

OCAD Studio: Basic Brushwork

Key: Each number is different brush. a) This brushstroke is made with paint straight from the tube. b) This brushstroke is made with paint thinned with medium so…

OCAD Studio: Master Copy in Oils Part 2

Researching and Analysing   After selecting the artwork you want to copy, the next step is analysing the painting and researching the artist who made it.   Begin…

Task 6: Portrait Photography

Using the natural light which shines in through a window is a great way to get soft light onto an indoor subject which costs nothing and is often…

OCAD Studio: Master Copy in Oils Part 1

Why Make a Master Copy? Master copies are a great way to try out a new approach without having to work things out from scratch. You’re able to…

OCAD Studio: Limited Palette Portrait in Oils Parts 5 & 6

After successfully completing the previous stages, you should be happy with the general forms and colours. The final two videos in this series cover the final touches you…

Task 5: Shiny Materials

OBJECTIVE: Understanding other material textures and applying tone. TASK: Make a drawing of a knife, fork and spoon, using either charcoal or pencil.   You will find my…

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