Oil Painting – Underpainting phase

Now come the underpainting phase. There were actually two attempts at this, as part of the assignment was to improve and build upon the initial underpainting. First the initial underpainting. After transferring the pencil drawing onto the canvas here (pre gesso-ed), I would apply a quick underpainting layer to the entire painting. What you are seeing here is burnt umber with turpenoid to create a very thin layer of paint.

Once that is done, the actual underpainting phase begins. First, the darkest points are identified and marked with the raw umber. Next, the shadow area is defined. The shadow pass is relatively thin. Next is the light phase, where a lighter tone of the raw umber is applied. Paint is thicker in this case.

Going back and forth the dark and light phase, the painting slowly emerges. I will then apply some white mixed with the raw umber for even lighter tones. Once that is done, I will apply some pure whites to really show the light hitting the face.

After some back and forth of dark phases and applying white on portions of the face where the light is the strongest, I came to the first underpainting:



2 comments on “Oil Painting – Underpainting phase”

  1. *gasp* Your art is beyond amazing. There is such an eye for detail, and I love especially your illustration work.

    As for the "bear picture" — haha, do I want to know where you're going with that?

    Painting is really effing hard, I've learned this summer. It was my new summer hobby. But no more. I can't seem to get the hang of acrylics. And they dry way too fast. =(

  2. Thanks! That reminds me I have to keep updating with the process. The painting has been done since February, it's the updating that I've slacked off about! :b

    Actually the Bear picture is an idea I'm playing with my head for a graphic novel, which may or may not ever come to fruition. Think Monsters Inc meets Where the Wild Things are. haha.

    If acrylics dry too fast, you can try oil painting. Although hopping to oils after digital you quickly realize how unforgiving traditional painting can be! (Ctrl-Z is God's gift to those with unsteady hands)

    I assume you found the blog off BigWOWO's site, thanks for stopping by! And good luck with your purse line, designing's no easier than painting, so props to you on that!

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