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Drawing a Werewolf One of my favorite fantasy creatures are werewolves, so I thought I’d do some pencil drawings of a werewolf…or at least make an attempt at it. I’ve never tried drawing one before and it took a couple tries to get what I was aiming for… Werewolves have been portrayed for ages by … Read more
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The Prismacolor 150 Colored Pencil Set – Premier Pencil Reviews Hey there fellow artists! Looking for a huge set of Prismacolor Premier Pencils? Or, maybe you’re just not sure if you want or need that many colored pencils? After all, how many different shades of the same colors does a person need… Well, if you’re … Read more
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Realistic Pencil Drawings of Horse Hey there, Just adding in a few images of the latest work in progress. I started out drawing it in pencil, which is the image shown below: Although for this sketch to show up here, I had to darken the outline a lot. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see it since the … Read more
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Tips for Painting with Oils That Will Make Your Life a Little Easier – And, Less Messy! Hey there, fellow artists! Since I’ve been painting and drawing all my life, I thought I’d write down a few things I’ve learned from experience… So, whether you’re just beginning at oil painting or not, maybe there’s a … Read more
Oil Painting Flowers – The Twilight Rose part 2 Adding Color to Your Oil Painting This is the second part of my original post on oil painting flowers, in which the color will be added in another translucent layer of oil paint… yes, paint right over everything again…but, this time instead of black, white, and … Read more
Well, I never thought I’d take so much time painting a flower of all things…
but, since I’m trying to get as realistic a look as possible I didn’t want to rush either…oil painting in this way requires a lot of drying time you know…
at least that’s my excuse…
This is the latest oil painting I’ve been working on using the techniques of the old masters…
This rose was painted on a 12 x 16 inch canvas board and unframed at the moment….there are prints of this and more available, but I’ll get to that later!
As for the original, I’ve added the works in progress photos I actually remembered to take during the steps of oil painting…probably because I had to stop at certain points to let the paint dry, lol.
Otherwise, once I’m busy working on something…well, I get carried away and the world around me ceases to exist.
Painting in Oil Using the Flemish Technique
There are many different ways to paint with oil paints and even the same techniques I’ve found such as the Flemish Technique can be adapted to the artist’s preference on things such as drying times…at least to a point. I’ll get to that in a minute though…
The Flemish technique is basically meaning painting in several layers and can be quite daunting to try when you see all the steps that have to be done in order to complete a finished painting…it takes some time, but it’s not as hard as you might think.
The thing that takes the most time is actually…
waiting for the paint to dry!
Steps of Oil Painting
The Drawing or Outline
This is the first thing you’ve got to do if you really want it to look like whatever you’re trying to paint. You need a basic outline on the canvas first…even many of the great masters did this!
How to draw on canvas and with what?
There’s a few options you can choose to do:
Draw on paper first – then use carbon paper underneath your drawing as you trace over the whole outline usually with a pen….or,
Use a pencil on the back of the drawing and scribble away…cover the whole back of your drawing with pencil and it’ll work just like using carbon paper. Then do just as you would in the first method…trace over the whole outline on the drawing with a pen (or a blunt-pointed object) and there you’ll have it!
Draw it free hand – a little risky, but it depends on your drawing skills…just draw very lightly, so you can barely see it at first, then darken it a bit…oh, so important to darken the lines as I’ve learned from stupid mistakes…
Use an image projector – well, first you still need the image of what you’re painting…so, either use a photo or use the drawing you made.
Which one did I use for the Twilight Rose painting?
Well, I figured it’s just a basic outline is all that is needed… So, why not just draw it freehand? And, with that thought in mind, I drew it free hand, very lightly on the canvas mind you.
But, here’s my stupid mistake…which I’m mentioning in hopes that you avoid doing it too!
I forgot to make it darker or maybe I used the wrong type of pencil…Oops! A regular pencil works, such as an HB or a good old #2.
Or, you can even use ink or a thin paint if you wish to go over the outline…just make sure it is dry before moving to the next step. I still have to try using ink or paint to do an outline though, so I’m not sure of the results, but it’s something some artists prefer doing.
Anyways, a long story short…after doing the next step here, the imprimatura layer, my drawing completely disappeared!
So, what I ended up with was a beautiful sort of light olive canvas…and, not a trace of the drawing! Imagine the horror…all that time spent drawing oh, so carefully, so as not to mess up…gone, all gone…
So, of course, what I ended up doing was drawing it all over again, but this time on the painted canvas…
Well, somehow I got it pretty close to what it should look like…good enough to go with anyways and on to the next step…yes, I was impatient to get started with actually painting!
The First Step of Oil Painting – The Imprimatura Layer
When beginning the Flemish technique it requires you to start with a first layer of paint called the imprimatura layer, which is basically an olive-hued layer of paint added to the whole canvas.
This one basic layer will take about a week or so to dry…
but, then again it doesn’t HAVE to be this way.
It doesn’t have to take a week or more…
You can get the same result by using Acrylic paint (gasp!) for this first layer and cut down drying time to about 30 minutes to an hour or so…it depends if you add any kind of other medium to it, but I just added a tiny bit of water to make the paint really thin.
One thing I should mention about this layer…and I want to make it transparent here…
Make sure you can see your outline under the paint…test a small area of the canvas where your outline is first! Don’t do what I did…and lose your whole drawing!
Add enough water to make theAcrylic paint transparent or see through. You should be able to see through it to your palette underneath after you’re done mixing it. **(If you’re using the traditional Flemish method and using oil… add linseed oil not water!)**
Let it dry! Painted surface should feel dry to the touch before continuing…
Next, you need to put a thin layer of linseed oil on your whole canvas and wipe off any excess oil with a clean, dry rag. And, then…guess what?
You can break out the oil paint! Woohoo!
Well, one tube anyways….but, hey you’re off to a great start!
The Second Step of Oil Painting – The Umber Layer
The umber layer, which is also known as the underpainting, is the foundation of the oil layers that will be added later.
Which color do I use for the umber layer?
Sure, maybe it’s obvious to some…but, maybe not to the beginner who is just starting out…
Burnt Umber Oil Paint is what most artists use on the Umber layer…or, at least those I’ve been researching so far.
This layer is actually one of the most important parts of the painting…it sets the whole tone for the evening…ahhh, rest of the layers.
And, it’ll turn out something like this…
This layer is basically setting out the tones from dark to light in a thinned out, transparent burnt umber oil paint. For this step, I just used a tiny bit of the burnt umber oil paint mixed with a bit of linseed oil to make it more transparent.
Remember, there is already the wet oil on the canvas, which will make it go quite smoothly. I’d suggest trying out your paint mix in the darkest toned corner of the background of the painting first. That way you can see how transparent your mix of the umber paint is without ruining your drawing…
Remember: Once you start with oil paints the pencil marks will get lost!
Starting in the darkest area of the background you can always add more paint if it’s not dark enough, but if you start in the lightest area and it’s too thick yet, then you’ll lose that lighter area…unless you wipe it all off with a rag and start again.
Anyways, looking at this in hindsight, I probably could’ve made the bottom right corner a bit darker…and some of the areas in the rose too…oh, well. It still got done!
Once you get to the actual subject, such as the rose here, then look at your reference photo or drawing and see where the shadows lie within it. These areas will need the darker tone than the rest…where it looks black on your reference photo. These areas won’t matter too much if you can see through the paint as much, depending on how you want it to look.
Now, the light areas…keep the paint thin in these areas. Adding just a tiny bit of the paint mixture on your brush will do. Don’t worry…it’s not as hard as it sounds and like I mentioned using a clean rag will wipe it off. Or, if it’s a tiny spot that has too much paint, use a corner of that clean, dry rag to dab at it and it should take some of the paint out.
So, there it is…block in the tones like this with the umber layer and you’ll be off to the next step!
But, do let this dry first, before going on to the next step…it might take a week or so depending how much linseed oil you added.
The painting should feel dry to the touch before moving on to the next layer of paint!
The Third Step of Oil Painting – The Dead Layer
Sounds rather sinister doesn’t it? No, there’s nothing dead that you add to your paint!
The dead layer or grisaille is yet another layer over the previous two layer of oil paint, but in shades of grey with black on one end of the spectrum and white on the other.
Yes, you need to paint over everything you just painted again…but using two colors this time, mars black and titanium white, and blending them together to make the different shades of grey.
This is what it should look like once you get the subject of your painting done in these dead layers…
Start with the actual subject of your painting with the dead layer, not the background. But, you do need to also do the background afterwards in this fashion before adding color to it.
Remember to keep the dark tones more transparent and the white or lighter ones a bit more opaque. In other words, use thicker paint for the white areas. Notice, you can still see the color showing through this dead layer if you look closely…
Ahem…I seem to have forgotten to take another picture of this when I finished the dead layer of the background. I knew it! I knew I’d forget something…
Anyways, before going on to the next step, remember to do the dead layer of the background too! The whole painting should be in tones of black, white, and gray….And, oh yes, LET IT DRY!
Well, we’ve covered the first three steps of oil painting using the Flemish Technique here so far…and the steps I took to paint my own oil painting using this method…
Try it out for yourself…and, I’ll be adding a second part of this post going over adding color and the finishing steps of the oil painting sometime soon!
If you made it all the way to the end here…Thank you for reading!
I hope this helps you out and gets you started on your own painting! If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment box below…
Want to learn the remaining steps of oil painting using the Flemish technique?
I recently finished the second part of this post, sooo…
I’m assuming you’re interested in dragons…either you enjoy looking at art with dragons in it, or you enjoy drawing them.
Or, maybe you’re like me, and you love doing both looking and drawing.
I absolutely love finding new artwork featuring dragons!
About this one, which I finally decided to title as Dragon On The Move…
Starting out as a simple sketch with graphite pencil, I decided to keep going and add shading to this with charcoal. This was done earlier this year, and I thought I’d add it here as a completed drawing.
Dragons are one of my favorite creatures in the fantasy world. They come in so many shapes and colors…some have horns and some have wings while other dragons do not, which is why it is so fun to draw them…it’s all up to the artist as to what any particular dragon looks like.
There’s really no limitations on what you can add to a dragon or not…it’s all up to your imagination!
I wish I had thought to take pictures of this one as I worked on it, but I got caught up in the moment. 🙂
Hopefully, the next time I work on a drawing I’ll think to take pictures as I go along.
I’ll be adding more drawings of dragons here soon…
In fact, I’m in the process of drawing some new ones now…well, it’s been a work in progress for awhile since I’ve been working on other things too at the same time.
One of these dragons is going to take awhile as it’s a big project, which I plan on doing as a painting in the future. First, I want to draw it all out and then color it with colored pencils. Sound crazily tedious and time consuming? Maybe…but,
Once it’s done it’ll be a completed colored drawing itself. Plus, this way I can use the finished drawing as a reference for the painting….
Because, you know what?
….It’s kinda hard to find a dragon to take a picture of!
Unless you know something I don’t…and know where I could find some dragons around here? 😉
This Dragon Drawing is Available for sale (without the watermark of course) as a fine art print and more…
I created this “ghost” bat just for fun and to try out the Fresh Paint App, which is through Microsoft Windows as a free painting app available for Windows 8 and up. I’m now using Windows 10 with this app and it’s been working fine so far.
I should have taken notes, pictures, or probably recorded some screenshots when I made this….unfortunately I didn’t do any of these as I was just trying it out for the first time.
Hopefully in the future, I’ll have the foresight to at least do one of those things while using the Fresh Paint app and not get so caught up in the creating mode where nothing else matters, except the creation of the artwork itself, lol.
If you’d like to use the Fresh Paint App for yourself you can easily download it from Microsoft’s store and try it out for yourself…I think it’s quite nice to use and it’s free too!
This is basically a simple design created using the PicsArt photo studio app available for free from Microsoft.
I drew a few lines only…and used the effects and other options available to swirl it and change it’s colors. There’s a lot of cool effects on PicsArt actually and I’m really enjoying learning how to use it.
Another handy thing you can do with this app is you can add text to your image quite easily…
I’m not sure if this is available for anything but Windows 8 to Windows 10 mobile devices and PCs. But for those who may be wondering, I currently am using this on a Windows 10 desktop PC with no problems so far!
And, as an after thought I didn’t have any issues with it using Windows 8 and 8.1 either.