The last of the prep work…thankfully!


Yesterday I applied the fourth and last coat of gesso (acrylic primer).  I sanded the canvas after each layer so that the surface would be smoother.  I  drew a grid on the canvas and on the reference photos and drew each of the boys.  The reason that I use a grid is because it is a fast and accurate way to draw the image on the canvas.  This way I know that everything will end up where it’s supposed to be.  Once the drawings were completed, I erased the grid lines and sprayed the canvas with fixative  so that the pencil lines would stay when I applied the first coat of paint.  The next step is to apply a layer of paint in a middle tone.  I usually use Burnt Sienna, because if it shows through, it lends a nice warmth to the painting.  When I went to paint this, I realized that I was out of Burnt Sienna so I mixed my own using the primary colors.  I’ll admit, it’s not my smoothest paint application.

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About Melody

My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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3 Responses to The last of the prep work…thankfully!

  1. Elliot Martin says:

    Great photos I see the character of each one of them in the pictures. Coming along quite nicely.

  2. Arryn Vogan says:

    Hi Melody! I love your blog as well. That is so funny that we are using the same template for our blogs! I love it. I just subscribed to you…so I can stay posted with what you are doing. Keep it up. Your portraits are beautiful. I love the image you created as your header!

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