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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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JAGODA-DRAWINGS Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
I want to start with oil... it looks hard... :o
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Tiny-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this process. I've never really painted traditionally, but I love the insight to the process. Beautiful paintings too!
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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Mary-Draws Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  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 Nov 24, 2014  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 Nov 24, 2014  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 Nov 25, 2014  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 Nov 25, 2014  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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ReverieEnfantine Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, wow!! Can I ask you something? I am a novice in painting, and I don't really understand why you start by dark colors. Why angels begin with grey colors?
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there,

In the first few layers (imprimatura), I rendered the painting in thin brownish monochrome. Though, it will be covered by color layers later, it helps to establish the value (tonal) composition of the painting.

Dead colors is a way of rendering skin tone that if you lay a warm colors (red/yellowish skin color) over a cool/cold (blue/grey) colors, it gives an optical illusion of realistic skin tone. It is a very difficult technique and mine's not a good example to look at, to be honest :) (still experimenting on this..).

If you're really interested with this, look some paintings by Peter Paul Rubens or Caravaggio. This technique is very obvious on the way they rendered skin tones.

Hope that answer your questions.
Good luck!
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ReverieEnfantine Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ty so much !!
This technique seems to be really hard but interesting by the way!
I will try it ^^
Thanks for your answer and have a nice day.
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, good luck!
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LadyMignonette Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gah, this makes me want to pick up painting. ^^;. I've always just used colored pencils, but I always assumed oil painting(in a classical style like that, particularly) would use WAY more layers of color, but the medium seems to have more capabilities and bigger sizes? Its really sad that knowledge like that died out. :(. Thanks for sharing!
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess it depends on what you wanted to do. Oil paints for sure have more capabilities than other mediums. You could use oils in a direct way of painting like "Alla Prima" technique to avoid the complication of using multiple layers and just having a single or few layers. My painting Bouquetiere was done using direct painting.
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tempelziege Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I also looked very much about this style. I have found nothing in german but little in english. I love the classical painting from the old masters.

I like your work very much!
Thank`s for this tutorial

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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure!
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deebanmaniam Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always wondered what is the painting process for good old arts... Thanks you!!!! ITS AWESOME!!! Maybe a guide tutorial? :D Fool Emoji-11 (Hurray for you and me) [V1] 
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BitchesReloaded Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student General Artist
you are amazing Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1]  teach me master!! btw could you make a tutorial of this method describing the steps ?i kind of find it hard to understand
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure I'll do that on the next one, I'm about to finish the one I'm working on so maybe I'll do more descriptive on that. :) Thank though
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BitchesReloaded Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
yaay let me know when its finished Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2] 
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Slamdanc3r Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Hi, great work. check out Charles Bargue, he did a drawing course with Jean-Léon Gérôme, its hard to get hold of the complete course but there is alot of pages floating around. We used them at my school.
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's awesome! Gerome is like one of my favorite. I'll definetely check it out right now. Thanks a lot :-D
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Slamdanc3r Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
:) No problem, we did detailed copies of em, worked on them for weeks
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, I never had a formal training for fine art so it will help me a bunch. Thanks again :)
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Slamdanc3r Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
:)
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byMichaelX Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
excellent work! Clap 
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
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byMichaelX Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
you're welcome! 
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is great! Thank you for sharing this.
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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :D
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anorwegan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013

holy fuck.

 

 

this. is. Beautiful.

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Lasarasu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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anorwegan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013

i think u should go to a hospital, because that amount of skill is something that should be documented.

Doctor: it seems you have a rare condition of awesome floathing in Your veins.

Doctor: it can not be cured.

Doctor: It will only become worse, and eventually you will become God of the awesome and i shit you not, there is no way to stop it.

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