Part 2 of this intro to oil painting tutorial walks you through every step of the process to paint a lobster in a still life.
- Watch the 38 min. version
- Watch the 4 min. version (cleaning brushes)
- Watch the 3 min. version (glass palettes)
- Watch the 30 sec version (shopping for palette knives)
Prof Lieu talks about how to premix your colors with a palette knife, lighting & shadow, brush techniques, how to layer your oil paint, the differences between opaque and transparent paint, glazing techniques, how to paint details, and more.
- Seeing colors as a group
- Pre-mixing colors
- Squinting at the lobster
- Palette knife
- Lighting on the lobster
- Warm & Cool colors
- Mixing base colors
- Adding small quantities of color
- Mixing a shadow tone
- Mixing the highlights
- Sketching with paint
- Painting is not about accuracy
- Blocking in colors
- Painting the negative space
- Assigning 1 color to each brush
- Training your eye to see colors
- Tube wringer
- Don’t critique yourself as you paint
- Reinforcing the lighting
- Glazing (transparent paint)
- Opaque vs. transparent paint
- Dry brushing techniques
- Painting details
- Is the painting is done?
Prof Lieu’s Tips
I think the thing about palette knives is that they’re just a really awkward tool, so if you don’t have someone right there showing you how to use it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense!
There’s no “correct” way to hold it, just that you have to press down.
So what you’ll see me do in a lot of the demos is I am pressing down to mix, and then I scrape up what I have mixed with the side of the palette knife so the color doesn’t spread all over my palette.
Oil Medium Recipe
- 1 part linseed oil
- 1 part stand oil
- 3 parts Gamsol (or another solvent)
Oil Paint Colors
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