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Copying a Master

oil painting


by JuliannaKunstler.com


This project is a centuries old tool to learn drawing skills, painting techniques and styles.

You start with choosing a Master (famous artist). Choose an artist that you like. Do not use contemporary artists or any painting off the Internet just because they look cool. Check with me before your final decision.

Print 2 copies of the painting. Make sure to write down the artist's name and the title of the painting. Find other paintings by the same artist to familiarize yourself with his style of painting.

Use the Grid Technique to copy the outline of the painting onto your canvas. Be as detailed as possible.

If this is your first time painting with oils - start painting with backgrounds that do not require much details and can be repainted easily. If you have done oils before - start with the most contrasted objects (positive space) but remember to paint some of the background right next to it. Why? Because colors look different over the white canvas background vs. the original color in the painting. This way you will be more accurate in color choices and color relationships.

Remember: you can always count on my help.

Enjoy the oils!!!!!!!

Here are some examples of what you can do:





Vladimir Kush