Oil Painting Process – Part 1/3 – Classical Figure Painting – Step by step Techniques and commentary

Oil Painting Process – Part 1/3 – Classical Figure Painting – Step by step Techniques and commentary

Hello everyone and welcome to a new
video I’m going to guide you through the entire process from the beginning to the
end or at least I’m gonna show you all the footage that I have for this for
this painting. This is a classical figure painting using most of the Atelier
techniques so it’s a very classical process. It’s mostly something that can be
used for learning but it’s still a great thing to to check out, it’s been taught
for centuries and has proven to work quite well. So it starts with a
preparatory drawing as most classical works do then the drawing is transferred
on the canvas and then you start doing your imprimatur on the canvas directly
so you just take a brush as large as possible and you start brushing away and
so I start with the background I’m gonna use the background sort of as a neutral
reference point for the rest of the values I just start with a large wash on the
entire background kind of a given indication of values and try to sort of
capture the atmosphere and then I start painting the figures I’m still doing the
the the wash the under painting so it’s still going to be the the same the same
paint it’s raw umber very diluted and at the moment the the idea is just to give
a basic indication of the shadows values and the basic shapes of the figure so I
start with a with the hair right here the back of the head gonna try to give a
a rough approximation of the values of the the main shapes the goal right here is to find where
everything is try to get the right shapes at the right spot try to locate
some main lines that can be used as as a reference as a visual landmark so to say but still use the the widest brushes as
you can in the beginning because you’re not gonna get anything act right from
the get-go so you start broadly you start with broad
brushstrokes and you progressively refine so this is a little bit later you
see how it can progress and what you can get as it sort of dries and now I can
work and refine the transitions and at the moment I’m mostly checking
the the shapes checking the proportions I’m making sure everything is the right
spot and if I need to erase I can use a little piece of rag as you can see here alright so now I’m going to start the
grisaille so the the steps before it didn’t use any white paint now I’m gonna
use white ivory black and raw umber and a mixture of the two is going to provide
me with various shades of gray which I’m going to use to get an even better impression of the the lights and
Mercatus so right now I’m mostly focused on representing the lights and the
shadows and and of course the most important is the transition transitions
between the lights and the shadows so right now I’m not
pain I’m not using the transparency to reveal the whiteness of the canvas
anymore and I’m using the white paint to work as sort of a solid core for my
painting layer I’m trying to use the the consistency of
the paint itself to create the impression of the of the lights and the
shadows I’m still using large brushes so now as it
as it goes on I’m refining the shapes and I’m going more into the details of
the of the shape so you generally start with very large geometric shapes and
then you refine these these shapes you try to find the right edges you try to
find exactly hard dark or how how light the the various the various parts are
and try to give a good representation of this this is all the resins so it’s
going to be covered so I’m not too worried right now if I make a mistake I
know that it will be covered in the end and the most important thing about the
breeze is that you can focus solely on the values which will help you later so if you want to learn more about oil
painting you can check out my practical guide to oil painting techniques and
materials which is a a five hours video course all about oil painting and really
focused on techniques which means that I am not just showing you what techniques
I use I present you all the possibilities at your disposal if you
want to use oil paint so you might want to use water mixable oil paints so I
talked about it you are you might want to use some alkyd mediums I talked about
it you might want to paint a solvent free I
talked about this as well so yeah that’s if you want some technical information all right so we are getting close to the
end of part one going to finish the quiz I I don’t have footage of the rest of
the quiz I for the body and next video is going to be about starting to paint
with the full colors so stay tuned and I see you next week for part two don’t
hesitate to subscribe like this video share your tips do you like classical
painting like this do you do you enjoy using your grisaille and during the
entire you know classical process or are you more a a painter that likes to go
straight into painting with full colors let me know in the comments as always
thank you for watching and I see in the next video bye you


  • ZLAFootball says:

    What's the point of the dead layer when you have the imprimatura… Like after my underpainting I go into colors and it works out good in my opinion because it already gives me an idea of value. Any reason for doing the dead color layer/grisaille?

  • Florent Farges - arts says:

    Youtube algorithm already wants to flag this video as "not appropriate"… It's an automated process so I guess it can't understand what's art and what's not. Let's teach the AI so that this video and the rest of the series can go through manual review, leave a like to let them know. Cheers !

  • Nohemi Morales says:

    Yesss. Another video!
    Edit: Do you wait for the paint to dry in between black and white layer and undertone?

  • John Lyssikatos says:

    Hello Florent. Yes, I absolutely like seeing classical painting techniques. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your techniques. I look forward to taking your painting course.

  • Yaz Moz says:

    please YouTube… Keep this amazing video up and running. It is of a great educational value

  • Shawn Carter says:

    I like the end where you list out the steps in your video and paints. Very nicely executed video working from the major blocking areas to fine tune it. Congrats!

  • Helena Marie says:

    arm is way too short

  • Mariano Magliocca says:

    Scusa, non ho capito bene, ma quando incominci a modellare la parte in luce usi bianco + terra d'ombra naturale + nero avorio? Sul video sembra che usi solo bianco e terra d'ombra. Grazie

  • Lesley Ann says:

    Thank for another art tutorial.😊

  • M M says:

    I am loving this video series explaining the classical painting process. Thanks for another great video!

  • بكر برناوي says:

    The Model Looks Like Cesar Santos With No Beard LOL

  • AoB Arts says:

    Amazing video! Thank you! Ah, btw, is that Cesar Santos you are painting? hahah

  • S. Lynne Price says:

    Thank you, Florent. I am buying your 5-hour tutorial soon.

  • Bruno C says:

    My current problem with oil is: it never freaking dries! And I’m a disaster with mediums

  • Tudor P says:

    How much solvent would you say you use? I'm trying to get into oil painting but I'd rather not use turpentine and water mixable oils arent really an option in my country.

  • Rajani Chaudhary says:

    I really like the way you explain the technique and everything
    I just have a question in my mind that I am not good in sketching or drawing part but I think I am pretty good in painting.I just started oil painting but if I take any painting for reference I start with the color I am seeing not like you made a base and then coming from base to final touch so can you tell me how to assess which color or what and how to start with

  • Marco Leen says:

    Hello Florent. First, Love your work. Totally my style. Now in this particular video how long where you working on it? As you mentioned in a other video that you go for a cup of coffee or even sleep a night over it. What i want to know is where all colours you use blend into each other, while wet on the same day. Thank You.

  • Дмитрий Громов says:

    Thank you for the video!


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