This small painting, 20x28", was done in six hours with a direct approach, then, when dry, I glazed over the dark areas with some darker tones to beef up the background coloring and add more depth. Here you can barely see my usual pencil drawing, lightly fixed, then washed over with a quick reddish-brown for the general skintone middle value. This wash, done with mineral spirits and a little liquin medium added to a small amount of paint color, dried in about 4 hours, but I let it set overnight. I usually do several paintings at the same time, so this was just one where I washed in the same reddish-brown base over all the paintings and let them dry throughly. It saves a lot of time and allows me to think far enough ahead that I can plan several pieces to evolve at about the same rate, if I know I will be painting for a few weeks straight.
Oil Painting Techniques
Life Drawing Class: Painting the Nude Human Form
Painting a seated pose may offer an interesting position without being overly complex. Reclining poses are beautiful to paint, but can result in some tricky foreshortening as well as being harder to return the pose to exactly where it was after each break. If it feels daunting to paint a full figure, you may wish to crop it partly. These paintings are beautiful and sensual images of the human form, demonstrating how a pose can be simplified.
Female Figure Demo on Dark Cloth
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Life studies or nude paintings? The two are not the same. Nude paintings express the pleasure in seeing the human form unclothed.