OCAD Studio: Urban Sketching – Tonal Drawing

Tonal drawings of urban landscapes make a bold statement and are a great way to capture the mood of a place. They are especially good for night scenes…

Task 2: Tonal Scale and Universal Forms

The aim is to add a tonal scale to Universal Forms. Each of your Graphite Pencils will give you different variations of tone. Use each of the pencils…

OCAD Studio: Urban Sketching – Line Drawing

Line drawings are a great way to quickly evoke an urban scene. Cities are typically made up of lots of complex geometric shapes and details so lend themselves…

OCAD Studio: Urban Sketching – Thumbnails

Thumbnails are a great way to test out compositions. You can see how the major statement of shapes and values works in any particular scene without being able…

OCAD Studio: Painting in Progress – Still Life

Things to Remember after Watching the Video:   Avoid Smearing Your Work   When working in oils the paint will stay wet for at least a day, so…

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still Life Part 4

In this lesson we will be adding final details to the focal point of the drawing and make the transition between the detailed and textured areas more gradual….

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…

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