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 you need to be careful not to smear the wet surface with you hand while working. This is not a big problem in the early stages of a painting as you will use bigger brushes and your hand will be back from the canvas. However, when adding detail, you will be using smaller brushes and likely want to rest you hand on the canvas to steady it while you work.
    • There are two ways avoid smearing the wet paint:
      • Use a mahl stick – a long stick that you can rest your painting hand against while working.
      • Or, work from the top down and from left to right (or right to left if you’re left-handed). This way your hand will always be resting on the dry part of the canvas.


  • Working the Bedbug Line


    • Focus on the transition from light to dark as this is where the texture is most pronounced. The light is raking the surface at this point so the texture is more extreme. Also, if you can get the form to turn from the bedbug line effectively, you won’t need to add to much detail or shading to the lighter parts of the object.


  • Make Your Underpainting Accurate


    • You will find that the more accurate your underpainting is, the easier adding detail will be. The underpainting doesn’t have to have lots of detail, it just needs to be the right shape and value, then adding detail will only require minor shifts in hue, value and chroma.


  • Add Subtlety


    • One way to make your image more subtle is to add slight broken colour along with the detail. When working on the egg I mixed some colours slightly more yellow and some more grey blue, which made the surface more interesting and life-like.

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