Time lapse Oil painting – classical figure painting
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Time lapse Oil painting – classical figure painting


First, I realize an impramatura on my transfered drawing. Then, I lift off the lights with a rag and an eraser. I paint my background as a first value reference. I lay down my underpainting slowly starting with the darkest colors. I compare all surrounding colors to the darkest and “tile” carefully. This early, I rely on my value and color study (you can see it on the left) At this stage, I focus mainly on values, but I try to get the chroma and hue right whenever I can. I work slowly all the way down. I build a solid and opaque layer. I alternate between hog bristle and sable brush depending of the desired softness. Remember, this stage is the underpainting, or “first painting”, There will be time to correct and refine later. Now I start my overpainting (or “second painting”). I use glazes to correct the transitions and improve edge quality. I also correct the hue and chroma if needed. To bring out the lights, I use a technique called scumbling. I apply opaque light colors over a darker underlayer. Remember : shadows can be transparent but lights have to be opaque and solid. Now, I start another layer of glazes : it’s my “third painting” I refine even more until I get the desired effect. “Fourth painting”, still more refining to do. I go over the painting again, looking for final details to correct.

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42 thoughts on “Time lapse Oil painting – classical figure painting

  1. Nice work!
    Do you thin your painting colour especially for the background?
    Or do you put it directly from the tube?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Hi,
    I have a big problem.
    When I try to cover up large areas with oil paint like for example a dark/black background I thin down the oil paint with reefined linseed oil and even if I use just a little bit of linseed oil I lose the control of the paint, because the opacity is gone and I can't build up layers on the paint, because the paint becomes very thin and too wet to build up on.

    I always have to wait until the first layer ist dry to put on several more layers until I reach the right opacity.

    How can I solve this problem, where's my mistake?
    How do you cover up large areas with paint, are you putting several layers on ?
    Is there any dryingtime between?

    I hope you can help me.

  3. Hi Florent, I have a question. I see you have a reference on your lcd monitor as well. I recently switched from printouts to tablet for reference, but I found I have a lot of trouble color matching this way, because of the retro illumination of the monitor when I put the palette knife close to it.  Do you have any suggestions? Also, when painting with natural daylight, do you lower the luminosity of the monitor accordingly? Thank you.

  4. You realise you could have called it complete at 0:10 and sold it for 20 times more than the end result….

  5. Awesome and such realistic work! How long did it take you in real time to finish the whole painting?

  6. I have been waiting for this kind of video. Thank you so much for sharing. I have a problem and I wondered if the forum could assists with some useful advice or suggestions. I really struggle to find photographs of classic poses to practice from. Do any of you have any resources that you use or that you can suggest?  Thanking you in advance for you kind assistance.

  7. Iam just beggining to learn oil painting despit the fact that i always love drawing and wanted to paint. I am finding easy going now that i have seeing u videos specially portraits that i never thought i could. Thank u…u r a natural teacher.

  8. keep up with u good work on teaching us…ive learnned so much in a short time watching u videos make it easier.Thank u

  9. Hi florent..amazing work! i was wondering..how do you prepare youyr canvas first?that sort of raw amber or siena colour?is it diluited oil or maybe achrilic and then you strat working?thanks

  10. Hi. Nice work. I have a question: If you scumble in your second painting (overpainting) , how do you keep your lights so opaque that you can scumble?
    Wouldn´t the amount of medium (linseed oil) make the paint so thin and transparent that you cannot really scumble anymore ?
    Or do you use so little medium that the paint actually stays almost the same consistency?

  11. Deuxième video que je découvre….. certains veulent devenir pompiers, d'autres footballeur ou pilote d'avion….. moi, je veux devenir Florent Farges …

  12. Do you have any tips on trying to paint like this from imagination or even from reference
    Could I work on my painting skills much like practicing figure drawing?

  13. really appreciate the non-verbal commentary, very informative and fun to follow throughout the whole process. Crazy resemblance, great job

  14. Je viens de me lancer dans la peinture et vos tutos sont vite devenus indispensables! Merci de l'effort que vous avez mis pour nous apprendre des techniques de pro!

  15. Thank you for your work on youtube. You are a very good teacher, have you considered teaching? Your video on blending is fantastic. Yes I got to the same conclusion, the more you work, the more chances you have to kill a painting. This way of adding more paint, instead of blending between values is new for me. I will give it a try and I will let you know. With this video though, there is a problem. This is just my personal opinion, don't take it personally. I think the way the model is photographed is wrong. The contrast is too high, there is also a very dark shadow on the edge of one of the legs, which makes the leg look flat. Towards the edges you shouldn't paint very dark or very light values, or you will loose the form. On the spine as well, it shouldn't be so dark, it looks almost like a hole there, which it isn't. How about if you look at the same model from life, but with a different light? How do those values look? I hope I gave you something to think, and I didn't upset you. I personally look at the work of Robert Hannaford, he is a great realist painter. Keep up with the good work!

  16. This time lapse is pointless, unless one can copy it and slow it down considerably.  I can't even see what you are actually doing.

  17. Wow it's better than a photograph, just starting to paint figures hope I can get my skin tones to look so real

  18. thank you for your video ! Would you recoment any site for reference photoes of nude models? Τhank you very much

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