This art video tutorial shows artist/teacher Gregg Kreutz demonstrating to his class how to paint the figure from a live model. The demonstration was filmed over the course of 3 hours during his morning class using oil paints.
He begins with the idea of laying down expressive strokes with his paint brush in the early stages to emphasise movement within his subject, which on this occasion is a young white female. Although her pose is static it is up to you as an artist to portray movement in your paintings with your brush actions and personal perception of the model or subject. It’s also another good way to test how the canvas reacts with your brand of paints and brushes setting the fluidity and ease of use for the remainder of your painting up to it’s final stages.
He also moves into color theory and how to mix up complimentary colors to promote the skins tonal values but also retain and evoke expression. It really is a brilliant video which encompasses all the values still present in traditional and even contemporary styles of oil painting surrounding portraiture.