The first topic Sheldon covers in this video tutorial is the materials and he has decided to use a Strathmore pad and Rembrant pastels. These pastels are very soft and ideally geared towards portraiture. Now this video is a start to finish sequence and you will find absolutely everything you need to know regarding pastels and their uses. An excellent video aimed primarily to the beginner and novice artist with a fantastic life like outcome. Great narration as well,
Ben Lustenhouwer was born in Soest, The Netherlands in 1951. He is a dutch portrait painter and has been praised for his abilities to capture the liveliness of expression within his models.
He was trained in the tradition of the Dutch masters and so continued this excellence into his own paintings to create some absolutely stunning portraiture. He places heavy emphasis on not over complicating his paintings with the likes of overly powerful directional light and instead prefers to work from a photo as that is a split second in time where that person has cherished.
This is an enlightening look into an influential European artist and his refreshing outlook on life is nothing short of inspirational. I thoroughly enjoyed this short video and it opened my eyes to how all artists have their own personalised account on how to create their works of art.
This video shows artist Da Rong Dong sketching in charcoals a young girl in a live scenario. The video is time lapsed but it is easy to see how he navigates around the page and gathers all his correct proportions by working on the key features like the eyes, nose and mouth to then eventually form the head shape around them.
Charcoal is an extremely versatile medium use especially in portraiture as it has a soft feel on application and is extremely easy to blend to get all those tonal qualities and shadowing which skin naturally casts.
In this video Washington DC artist Alexa Meade demonstrates her unique unorthodox take on portraiture and figurative painting. Imagine walking through a gallery looking at all the pretty paintings when all of a sudden one just opens his eyes and gets up for a walk! Well Meade has achieved this and it really is a great example of originality within an artist. It really must be watched to see just how it is done.
This art video tutorial shows Chris Saper demonstrating a few techniques to establish best results when you’re taking on a monochrome oil portrait. It goes straight into the action with the safety pin technique which involves dipping the pin into some titanium white oil paint and i then literally slightly dabbed onto both eyes to mimic reflection. Sadly there is not a brush on the market small enough to do this.
Saper tells of the importance of understating highlights rather than overstating because it gives a good tonal value variation within monochrome painting. She uses a sable cat’s tongue brush for its ability to form a point which enables thin lines as well as firm broad paint strokes; this is an extremely versatile brush which is ideal for portraiture.
The use of a Mahl stick is consistent throughout and is uses to get closer to the painting to apply greater detailing with the paint brush.She ends with how she uses thinning mediums or linseed oils to bring out a more pliable oil paint and prefers here paint to be a more sour cream consistency rather than cottage cheese. This is a very informative art tutorial for anyone interested in portraiture or monochrome oil painting.
This is an excellent video of LA based figurative realist Richard Morris drawing a portrait of a young male from life. He begins by gaining all the proportions of the face to then go straight in with block coloring do give contrast and tonal qualities. As you’d expect from a self proclaimed realist the final drawing is amazing, what do you think?
Artist Agnes Fabricious shows off her impressive speed coupled with natural eye for detail here. Watch this video and see how she flitters to and from different regions of the face The pencils which are used are special pastel pencils and are an ideal compliment to your portraiture when you are looking to add very detailed features like the eyes, teeth and lips. Pastel pencils can be used in a wide variety of drawing compositions so be sure to have ago at maybe a impressionistic landscape or a morning sunrise.Perhaps you could take this style to your own art and make it work for you?
This art tutorial focuses on the different ways in which charcoals and pastels can be used within portraiture and highlights the different properties, elements and techniques in which they can be used.
The instructor is concise with what he is teaching and passionately talks about how charcoal and pastel can work in harmony to create amazing and complimentary effects within your drawings. He begins by mentioning how it is important to realise how different materials work differently on different surfaces and materials so it is key to practice with a variety of each of these two aspects. The softer and larger the pastel makes it easier to cover broad areas of the page for quick filling and large surface coverage which can be very effective in creating atmosphere and space.
The charcoal pencil offers the ability to be used for intricate detailing as well as offering versatility when combined with the softer pastel or charcoal. For example in this video he uses the black charcoal pencil to denote shade, tone and detail with minimal application but still manages to leave a prominent appearance within the drawing. Initially he controls the tones by applying or relieving pressure on the charcoals and is very loose in his method, this gives a rawness and style unique to himself.
The white charcoal pencil is introduced to produce luminosity to the portrait and with the subtle application of the white charcoal pencil the portrait starts to take on a more suggestive yet controlled appearance. The artist also offers advice on how to use the stump to gain maximum results by not overusing it and instead smudging certain areas to create volume within the sketch but also by using it as a pencil too by sensitively drawing with it in the desired areas like the wrinkles around the eyes or the delicate tones surrounding the ears.
If the stump is over used it is likely that your picture will take on a lifeless and flat appearance so it is important to know when to stop, which you will learn from viewing this charcoal tutorial. He expresses that skill comes with practice and experience so it is important to familiarize yourself with your preferred materials and know their individual qualities and assets to see what they can bring to your style of drawing.
The use of the eraser in the charcoal drawing is as much a drawing implement as it is something to remove certain areas of wrong doing. So use it to the add highlights and give pronounced areas a greater sense of depth like the cheekbones or chin and use it to your full advantage to create an organic asset to further your portrait.
Like all good tutorials this is very well narrated and easy to learn from regardless of your skill level as an artist so be sure to take in what is being demonstrated and increase your artistic flare. This is a classic example of how to draw organically with charcoals and pastels.
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.
This humbling art video features oils portraiture artist Chris Saper as she unveils what makes her tick in her day as a professional artist. To begin with, a cup of coffee, the smell of fresh paint and jarfulls of clean brushes all correlate to kick start the working day at her studio.
With any artist the prospect of a new painting is always exciting so the plain white stretched canvas is always an appealing sight. Saper’s work allows her to cross paths with people she would never usually be involved with and that combined with the various disciplines surrounding painting is what fills her day with joy as an oils artist.
She discusses how line, color, brushwork and finishing touches are all paramount to her final compositions and how she takes great pleasure from completing the eyes of her subjects because it makes her feel like she has a rapport with them. Finally comes her bitter sweet moment where she applies the final varnish to her signature to commemorate the finalisation of her artwork.