OIL PAINTING FINAL TOUCHES – REALISTIC ART DEMO VIDEO – portrait of a woman by Isabelle Richard

OIL PAINTING FINAL TOUCHES – REALISTIC ART DEMO VIDEO – portrait of a woman by Isabelle Richard


In the world of social medias, artistic creation videos often only last a few minutes. But everyone knows that making a realistic portrait takes a lot longer than that. That’s why I decided to publish a video of the last 20 minutes of making one of my paintings in real time. You will see that there is nothing instantaneous in my studio… Here we are… About 80 hours of work later… The light spot in the eye must be perfectly positioned to make a direct, straight look. The paint is actually dry to touch. So I can directly put my finger on it for more precise movements. I will now put the touches of light on the lips. I take the time to position my hand and my little flat brush before each brushstroke. I start with the brightest places when my brush is well loaded with paint. I paint the less bright areas as my brush goes empty. I will then smudge the spots to make it more realistic. One touch at a time… The final result must be paler than the desired color since the paint will become darker while drying. Mr. Q-Tip is very helpful for this kind of work. Now, I’m going to do the final layer in the bright areas. A little linseed oil has been added to the paint to make it more fluid and transparent. This is the glazing step. The bottom layer will appear through the top layer once the paint will be dry. So I apply thicker layer to the brightest areas and a thinner layer to darker areas. I use a brush with very soft bristles to not scratch the paint of the lower layer. Don’t forget, the final result must be paler than the desired color since the paint will become darker while drying. I will not extend the last layer to the shadows which will accentuate the three-dimensional effect of the painting. It is progressing well… I let the brush work so that the paint fills well in the canvas for a perfect finish. I realize that for now, she looks like the Joker… Trust me, she will not stay that way… Here we can see that the paint is transparent. I add a little more to brighter areas like the tip of the nose. I barely touch the canvas. Oh, there is a fly walking on her forehead! That’s it! No more fly! I like finished my painting outside under natural light when the weather allows it. It avoids unpleasant surprises. I am now equipped with a calibrated lighting 5000 Kelvin in my studio for more accuracy. I’m now using a smaller brush for smaller areas. Now I clean my brush in a paper towel between every brushstroke. I soften the outline of the spots I have just painted. It is now the entrance on stage of the clean and dry 1/2″ mop… The perfect tool to soften everything. Sometimes I give a brushstroke in the air before giving it on the canvas to practice the movement. The use of this technique allows a painting without visible brushstrokes. Perfectly smooth… Here, I use a small clean brush to wipe the paint that covers the dark areas. This will avoid the milky effect that results from titanium white. Again, I clean my brush in a paper towel between every brushstroke. It’s a bit like the dry brush technique at this stage. Everything starts to take shape… I particularly like this moment in the creation of a piece. The curves of the nose are very subtle. They become more and more obvious as the work progresses. I feel so well the 3 dimensions that it becomes more of a sculpture than a painting. Very subtle… And the nose finally appears! Eyelashes must be slightly blurred to be realistic. Realistic false eyelashes! Mr. Q-tips again… When the paint starts to dry, it becomes almost like pastel. I really like using my hands to integrate the hair strands into the hair. I’m not finished yet! But almost… Look at this absurd hand position: LOL! I know that other painters do things a different way. This is how I do…

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