In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. We will begin this first session with a wash drawing – using burnt umber and solvent over a toned canvas.
- Burnt Umber Oil Paint
- Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)
- Palette Cups
- Begin by using a medium sized brush to apply the basic outline in slightly diluted burnt umber.
- You can use a second brush dipped in solvent to correct any mistakes (it will wash the paint off the surface).
- Then keep using the same brush to block in the dark tones.
- Again, you can use the second brush to correct any mistake (it may need to be cleaned from time to time).
- Don’t worry if you lose some of the edge to the background (like the lower snout in my piece) as these will be recovered later.
- Finally, you can take a smaller brush to refine the shapes a bit.
- You can also start to soften some of the shadow edges in preparation for building form in the next session.