David Shevlino: An Oil Painting Demonstration Of A Young Boy

Advanced, Experts, Oils, Painting | 13 Oct, 2012

Renowned for his loose and direct paint and brush application, fine artist David Shevlino delivers a wonderful art tutorial here where he creates a life oils portrait of his son. His paint is put to the canvas in a quick and deliberate manner which at first almost suggests he is in a rush, this however is a deliberate technique which allows him to build undertones before going on to further detail and intricacies.

Shevlino mentions the importance of a good directional natural light source when taking on portraiture so in this particular painting he has used balanced daylight photo lamps as his source of consistent light. With this you can achieve a strong sense of contrasting light and dark tones and shadowing.

The oil painting used the colors burnt sienna, orange, white and darker hues like ultramarine for the darker areas. The painting was created over a 2 day period so he used a poppy seed oil medium to keep the oil paints wet and manipulable for the second day. His style is very unique and I personally love his work. I hope you enjoy.

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    1. nice work, dude, but after this den=monstration do go back again to it when is dried? im trying to say, do u always finish your paintings in a day? i wanna see how u progress on a dry painting…thanks very much for sharing this, i have learnt one thing today

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    2. This was done on panel. When I work on canvas, I prefer linen. If I’m working on something where I want it to dry more quickly, I use Galkyd instead of oil. BTW, I have a new DVD about all of this stuff coming very soon.

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    3. This was done on panel. When I work on canvas, I prefer linen. If I’m working on something where I want it to dry more quickly, I use Galkyd instead of oil. BTW, I have a new DVD about all of this stuff coming very soon.

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    4. This was done on panel. When I work on canvas, I prefer linen. If I’m working on something where I want it to dry more quickly, I use Galkyd instead of oil. BTW, I have a new DVD about all of this stuff coming very soon.

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    5. Great work and contrary to the posts above I like the tension with not too much finishing as the scale of the marks in a too fussy finishing phase can spoil the earlier sense of movement.Thank you its a refreshing change to the slick styles of many of the realists school.

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    6. Great work and contrary to the posts above I like the tension with not too much finishing as the scale of the marks in a too fussy finishing phase can spoil the earlier sense of movement.Thank you its a refreshing change to the slick styles of many of the realists school.

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