OCAD Studio: Low Key Landscape Sketch – Part 1

  • Using the mineral spirits to dilute the paint, begin by sketching the major forms of the landscape.
  • Ideally, you should use a dark midtone mix of white, black and blue.
  • Once the major shapes have been blocked in as a line sketch, you can start filling in the masses of tone.
  • Start with the darkest part (pure black).
  • Then you can start mixing, and painting on, lighter masses using gradually more white and blue paint.
  • Keep working this way until you have covered all the white of the surface.
  • Ideally try to suggest the texture at the edge of the masses (in the case of this piece, I have suggested the ragged edges of the forest).
  • Small oil painting surface (primed canvas, panel or oil paper)
  • Ivory black, Titanium White and Ultramarine Blue oil paint
  • One medium bristle brush
  • Mineral spirits
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette cups


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