How to Oil Paint (The Illustrator’s Way) – Part 2

May 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Part 1

In the second part of How to Oil Paint (The Illustrator’s Way), I’ll show you the actual stages of the art. Like I said in the first part, I do a wet-on-dry method, meaning I wait for each layer of paint to dry before moving on to the next. Depending on the thickness of the paint and the humidity/heat of the place your painting is stored, it could be anywhere from two days to a few weeks for a layer to dry. Mine usually take around three to four days to fully dry. It’s a good idea to work on more than one painting at a time. :) It’s also a good idea to take a picture of your sketch and use Photoshop to find out what colors will work on it.

1) Gesso

Gesso your board like we talked about in Part 1. Make it as smooth or clumpy as you like.

2) Draw Your Image

I use a mechanical pencil because it constantly has a sharp point. Try not pressing too hard or you’ll have a lot of leftover graphite that will mix into your paint and it will muddle the color.

3) Add First Background Color

Remember to use small dabs of linseed oil to make your paint spreadable. Water won’t work.

I usually do the sky or largest background area first. This is so that if I paint outside the lines I can easily correct it with objects that will go in front of the sky (ie: the clouds).

4) Add Background Shadows

This can be done while the first layer is still wet if you want. It makes it easier to blend the colors. Sorry for the image quality. The paint was still wet and made reflections.

5) Add Color to other Front Items
For my style, the paint doesn’t have to stay perfectly in the lines. This is because I later add outlines to everything. If you don’t want outlines, keep your painting clean and shapely!

6) Add Shadows and any Remaining Items
I also added small white highlights to the clouds, which were dry at this time. You really just want to get all the canvas covered at this point.
7) The Outlines
This is the final touch. It emphasizes the shapes and makes the color pop even more.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for reading!
Much Love,
Fair Rabbit

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