Category: Oil Painting Tutorials


Fat over lean in oil painting refers to the amount of oil in various painting layers. The ‘fat’ part refers to more oil in the paint and the ‘lean’ part refers to there being less oil in the paint. When painting in layers, the rule states that it’s important to start with less oil in the mixture by adding a solvent for your first layer(s) and then to stop adding in solvent for subsequent layers. This is because if a top layer of paint dries before the layer beneath does, cracking will likely occur in your painting. Oil paints are

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How to Avoid Smudging, Back Pain + Cramping as a Pastel Artist

If you work on a flat desk and have trouble with smudging your artwork, have arm & hand cramps or even back and shoulder pain when drawing, this post is for you! I mainly create artworks in pastels so I can’t rest my hand on paper on top of my work as that smudges the pastel underneath. I recently discovered this hand rest equipment and it has been an absolute life saver. Achieving the same results as a Mahl stick, this device is raised a couple of inches above your artwork to make sure your hand stays away from touching

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Oil Painting Tutorials

Oil Painting Study || Hare – Wildlife Art

The above image is taken from a tutorial on my Patreon showing the 2 main layers in the process of painting this Hare. On my Patreon, you will also find the colour palette reference photo + the full real-time video for this painting where I show how I mix my colours & also show my palette as I paint. Main primary colours used:  Black Dark Umber Ultramarine Blue Scarlett Cadmium Yellow Hue White (These are used to mix into all the variations of colours I need) Layering method: 1 Base colour layer (leave to dry overnight) 2 fur highlights To

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How to Achieve Accurate Proportions in Your Artwork

Other Methods – Blog Extras 1:1 PHOTO Another great and simple method for drawing accurately is to print out an exact replica size photo to your paper size. This way, you can try and draw the composition out freehand, holding the photo next to your paper to see where things should go. This method won’t achieve an absolute accuracy, but it is great for practicing your freehand skills. You are able to easily compare side by side the sizes and shapes and all you have to do is try and make them as similar as possible. Different types of drawings

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