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Classical Painting Tutorial 01 - Padma by Lasarasu Classical Painting Tutorial 01 - Padma by Lasarasu
I'd like to share my painting process I used throughout my paintings. 

I'm still experimenting with this technique, research and work hard to get the hang of it. This is the basics of classical painting that Old Masters used from Middle Age to Romanticism. Of course, this isn't pretty much it. I believe they had all sorts of different techniques and used multiple layers to achieved such great works of art and realism throughout the age of Art that spanned 700 years until the Modern Era. 

I researched a lot about this style of painting and found NOT a lot of practical information about it (yet ;) ). It's a pity that such knowledge isn't widely popular (perhaps forgotten) in our time. 

For those who interested in classical painting and for those who use it, let us REDISCOVER it, PRESERVE and take it till the future of art!

If you have any questions or have some information about it, please share it below.

Thanks!

Padma 24x36in

Also, I apologize for the image quality, I'll do a better job next time XD.

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:iconmary-draws:
Mary-Draws Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should definitely look up Frank Covino.  I have a question though, is it really that easy to color over the gray without it looking like there is grey underneath?  I started a small practice portrait that is now gray colored but now I'm nervous to start to glaze over it. So I just kind of stopped...
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did look him up before. I really wish I could meet him and take his class. I still have a lot of questions about old master's painting process.

About the gray colored layer, I actually keep my color layers transparent for the gray layer to show through on some part. I don't mean to scare you but its probably the most tricky (and fun) step in the process : D. Start on the less important part of the painting if you're worried to ruin your painting. I wasted a few paintings because of trial and error before I get to this point too. It will take practice and don't be afraid! Good luck

P.S. I'd like to see your work after :D
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Mary-Draws Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the reply.  I always worry that my dead layer isn't light enough so that when I layer, it doesn't become too dark.  It's hard for me to paint a shade or so lighter.  Messes with my head and I always seem to subconsciously darken things.   Someday I'll hopefully get the hang of it like you.  I'll be sure to let you see what happens!
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see. That happens to me. Have a small black, gray and white cards handy when you paint. Place it beside the area you’re painting on. You can get an idea on how dark or light your value/tone is. Hope that helps.
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Mary-Draws Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It does! Thank you Nod 
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Sieskja Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
That way of painting is really impressive, and as you said it's difficult to find tutorials and infos about it... so thank you for that WIP!!
You maybe already know that book but I found it really interesting: it depicts different techniques of the Old masters like Dürer, Rubens, Titian or Vermeer. 
And I think it's very cheap. The french version is 10 times more expensive, I don't know why.......
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't seen this book before. It seems pretty interesting. Thanks for sharing!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting!
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ralphael50 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
A very good book that touches on some of these techniques is, "The Academy & French Painting in the Nineteenth Century by Albert Boime, although it is out of print and a little expensive:

www.amazon.com/Academy-French-…

Among the chapters are the curriculum of the private ateliers of Drolling, Delaroche, Gleyre and Couture. An example from the book, "Couture later used this fine, clear pigment, the colours of which were almost unmixed, in different thicknesses, and by spreading it more or less densely on the ebauche layer which was actively brought into play in the final stage, he obtained delicate half-tints."

It is sad that the techniques of the old masters has been lost and we are left to our own devices to discover their secrets. You seemed to be on the right path. Thanks for sharing.
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing, I've seen this before but haven't read it yet. I'm sure its one of those gem books from 19th century about painting.

I'm reading Philip Gilbert Hamerton's The Graphic Arts book, and man, Its a hell of a book! He discussed various classical painting methods from 15th -19th artists like Titian, Rubens and French artists. It might be worth for searching.

Thanks again for posting!
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