OCAD Studio: Alla Prima Still Life Part 2

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….

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…

OCAD Studio: Limited Palette Portrait in Oils Part 4

Refining the Colours After successfully completing the previous stages, you will have all the major elements of your portrait blocked in. However, you may find that the colours…

Task 4: Graphite Still Life Drawing

Mastering observational drawing By nature most artists strive to create illusions. In this task we will be manipulating values and using what we learned earlier on contour drawing,…

OCAD Studio: Limited Palette Portrait in Oils Part 3

Dead Colouring   The purpose of this stage is to block in all the major tones and colours. You do not need to go for lots of detail,…

OCAD Studio: Limited Palette Portrait in Oils Part 2

Adding Variations to the Shadows   Materials Small canvas or a panel prepared with a mid grey/brown value. 2-3 flat brushes (¼-1 inch wide) 2 small pointed brushes…

OCAD Studio: Limited Palette Portrait in Oils Part 1

Sketching in the Underdrawing       Materials Small canvas or a panel prepared with a mid grey/brown value. 2-3 flat brushes (¼-1 inch wide) 2 small pointed…

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