Oil figure study on linen. Reference was obtained from New Masters Academy.
This was not a study about rendering details, but about establishing big shapes, proportions, light and dark patterns. I used Transparent Red Iron Oxide (TRIO) as my single color pigment and a mixture of French Ultramarine Blue and TRIO to paint my darks.
Painting on portrait smooth linen is great, however, if your pigment out of the tube is soaked with medium (walnut oil in my case) or you add to much medium, you will find that your brush strokes quickly get out of control. If your pigment out of the tube is too oily, just mixed a little bit of Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium; it reduces the oiliness and consequently the glossiness of your painting. Personally, I prefer to have a matt look to my underpaintings.
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