Painting The Portrait
David Gray shows you how to paint realistic portraiture in this oil painting demonstration. This is possibly some of the finest oils work I have seen recently and is on par with some of the great traditional masters of oil painting.
This art demonstration is time lapsed throughout and is engrossing from the start. The way David Gray moves the paint brush around the canvas gradually stepping in and out of complimentary soft tones to paint the face is absolutely outstanding; this really is traditional oil painting at its highest standard.
The canvas is pre sketched by the artist to give him a visual aid for where the tones and highlights cast on the face are to be applied with the oil paints. He uses three different sized round bristle brushes to construct his masterpiece each one being used in a very similar way to cover large areas of skin as well as the finer intricate details. With the small round brush he applies the oils masterfully to gain outlines of the key features like the eyes, nose and mouth. Gray works from the top down making sure he finishes the area which he is painting fully before he moves on.
He uses the small and medium brushes to apply the oil paint and gather the various skin tones and regularly introduces another dry medium brush to blend the areas to create a smooth transition from area to area. He concentrates on painting roughly one inch squared of canvas at a time making fully sure that it is completed and resembles the visual reference he is painting from.
This art video on how to paint realism in oils is truly magnificent so be sure to leave your comments at the bottom of the page and visit David Gray at his website and support art online.