In this course we will take you through the very basics of oil painting. Through introducing the first types of tools that you will use, and introducing the very core techniques to oil painting, this course will leave you feeling comfortable with picking up your brush and starting work on your own masterpiece!
Daniel explains the different grades of paint and which colors he prefers to keep a simple palette.
Learn about the different mediums and solvents and how to use them safely and effectively.
Mediums are something you add to paint in order to get a different effects from the paints.
Stick with odorless mineral spirits and other less toxic solvents over the traditional turpentine.
Daniel breaks down the various types of surfaces to paint on, and explains which type he prefers for himself and for beginners.
Linen stretched over panel, a mix of properties that fall somewhere between the two.
Not absorbent, great very beginners, lets your learn how the paints react.
Less absorbent, highest quality and most traditional material, somewhat pricey.
Very absorbent, good for landscape paintings.
Even when you're just starting out, a variety of brushes and knives is key because it allows you more freedom to experiment and learn the craft.
Designed for digging the paint into the canvas.
Softer brushes used for finer detail.
In addition to tools like paint and brushes, you'll need a few miscellaneous items when you start to paint, including a good palette to hold and mix your paints while you work.
An easel is simultaneously super basic and very essential when it comes to painting.
Lighting is the first and perhaps most important consideration when you pick a spot for your home studio.
Use a mixture of halogen and florescent to achieve a warm/cold mix.
Painting is generally a safe and fun hobby, but there are a few things you should be aware of before you get into it.
Whether you're sitting or standing, you'll need some room to step back so you can take in your work as a whole, and wherever you put your palette, ensure that the lighting is the same as it is on your canvas.
To get started, place your canvas and set up your palette with paints and medium.
Drawing is essential to visual art, and Daniel recommends spending a lot of time practicing.
Daniel explains how he arranges his colors on the palette and talks about the art of making new colors.
Daniel's handmade color wheel demonstrates how to make new colors from the paints that are included in his painting kit.
Value has to do with the lightness and darkness of objects, and it's integral to painting lifelike images.
Daniel shows how to make the important aspects of your painting more clear by defining the edge.
Washing your canvas adds a tint that sets the tone for your whole color range, so it's an important first step in the painting process.
After letting your washed canvas sit for about 15 minutes, it's time to start sketching.
After the rough sketch, it's time to start making adjustments and refining the objects.
When you start the block-in, your painting really begins to come to life.
Edges are one of the most important elements of visual art, and the more you practice getting them right, the better your paintings will become.
The finishing touches are where it all comes together. See "Downloads" below for the finished painting. All the paintings you see in the course outline were painted by Daniel.
A downloadable list of links and books for further study.
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