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Dry Brush Technique....
     An interesting concept that was brought to life by artisans in the marketplace that needed a quick yet dry to the touch way of painting portraits.  The concept...1 tube of oil paint, any color, but more common color is black plus sewing machine oil and watercolor paper.  That is it.  This is my practice piece.  Just an apple, something simple, it took an hour.

It gives a rough look in the light areas so I will have to find a way to smooth it out.  Check out this website http://www.art-portrets.ru/dry_brush_technique.html to view some amazing dry brush portraits by Igor Kazarin.



"Centenis" from the beginning

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I first start with a sketch. For this painting, I am going to do an underpainting first before I lay in color.




This is what I use for my underpainting.  I like Gamblin paint because it is creamier than others however you will see me use other paints because I am an art supply hoarder and cannot pass up a clearance sale.













After 1.5 hours, I have nice idea of where the shading and composition will be and it gives me an opportunity to change something before color goes on.






Another 2 hours into it I like to start laying down color in the background first.  This gives me a sense of what I would like to do with the subject.  I have also added more lights and darks to the giraffe (but not color)


I have watched a tutorial on realistic fur from Jason Morgan. So I am going to try his technique. I put a thin glaze over the giraffe and let that dry until the next day and I kept working the background,  My glaze is made with Liquin and a small amount of my paint. That must dry before I do anything…