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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…

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….

  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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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