Fundamentals: Figure Sketch in Oil

I decided to go for some oil painting today.

I ended up having to re-draw the figure a couple times before I got it the way I wanted it. I tried to keep the drawing as gestural as possible and keep that gesture throughout the painting. When I added color I tried to keep the mixtures simple I’m just using flake white, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red light, transparent oxide orange and alizarin crimson. Even though the photo had a lot of blues in it I didn’t add blue to my palette, this painting wasn’t about color.

Overall for a two hour painting I think it went well. If I spent a long while on this painting I could refine it to a point where I think I would be really happy but it would be nice to have the skill to arrive at a wonderful painting faster. I guess I’ll have to do many more of these sketches to improve.

Fundamentals: Figure Sketch in Oil
Fundamentals: Figure Sketch in Oil
Fundamentals: Figure Sketch in Oil

Session Details

  • Session: 1941
  • Work: 1417
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 16"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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One Response

  1. Wow, I think that looks great. It’s interesting how you can translate training with charcoal and drawing to painting with oil.

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