Learning from the Masters – John William Waterhouse Copy in Oils – Part 7

In this series we will be working on a master copy in oils. I am using a 19th Century painting of the mythological figure ‘Lamia’ by John William Waterhouse as my reference.

You can use the same reference by clicking the link below, or you can find your own masterpiece to work from.

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In this session – I will be continuing to render the figure – focusing on the left arm.

  • In a similar fashion to how I approached the face in the previous session – I begin by making some slight adjustments to the temperature in the halftones and lights.
  • Primarily adding in some cooler (almost greenish) darker halftones as per the reference.
  • I also cooled down and brightened up the lightest tones slightly as well, because they were slightly too yellow and dark
  • Once the colours and tones were sufficiently adjusted, I use a range of dry and wet brushes to adjust and develop the more subtle blending and forms in the arm.
  • After the blendings are complete you can lay in your brightest colours again so that they retain their clarity relative to the halftones.
Materials:
  • OIL PAINTS
  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium Yellow – Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • ODOURLESS MINERAL SPIRITS (OMS)
  • LINSEED OIL
  • RANGE OF LARGE AND SMALL OIL BRUSHES
  • PALETTE
  • PALETTE
  • CUPS
  • CANVAS
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