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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.


Padma 24x36in

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

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Mary-Draws Featured By Owner 2 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...
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.......
Lasarasu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't seen this book before. It seems pretty interesting. Thanks for sharing!
cabepfir Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting!
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:…

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.
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!
ReverieEnfantine Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
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?
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!
ReverieEnfantine Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
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.
Lasarasu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, good luck!
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