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Maja. Instructional video tutorial. Secrets of portrait painting with the professonal artist.

Hi and welcome to my video tutorial. My name is Sergey Gusev, I am a professional full time artist graduaded from the Academy of Fine Arts, Russia, St. Petersburg with a masters degree. In this instructional video I explain how to paint a portrait in oils on canvas. I want to share my experience with you and help you to achieve great results even if you have never been to any art schools or institutes. This tutorial consists of 5 parts, each part represents a new step of the work on the portrait. In every episode I explain what I do, which paints I mix, what medium I use, I show my palette and explain the basic rules of drawing and painting.

Before you begin watching the video I will tell you which supplies you need if you want to paint this portrait following my istructions. First of all you need a canvas stretched on stretcher bars, 55x55 cm, which is 22x22 inches. If you can't find this size you can simply take a 50x40 cm canvas which is 16x20 inches, you can also use a panel or a canvas panel instead.

You also need a grahpite pencil HB or B, I do not suggest softer or harder ones. Do not forget about an eraser.

Of course you need oil paints, the names you'll see on the screen, I use a limitted palette and therefore I suggest to have only 7 colors. You can choose any brand - those basic colors are the same everywhere, I do not want to advertise any brand so it is up to you.

You will also need turpentine, dammar varnish and linseed oil to mix a medium.

Of course you need a few brushes, I used only synthetics, different sizes, mostly flat and 2 thin pointed round brushes, synthetics too. The entire video is almost 6 hours long, so I devote a lot of time to explain how to start and finish every detail of the face and surroundings.

In this film I talk about the light source, anatomy of the head, proportions, tonal values and many other necessary things. I also included a scanned picture of my painting with a high resolution so you will be able to see every brushstroke.

If you have everything ready let's begin. I hope you will enjoy it! 

Check our Sergey's webpage for more tutorials: https://www.sergey-gusev.com/

Instagram: @sergey_gusev_artist

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sergey.gusev.fineart

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GusevArtGallery

  • Download 6 hours long video tutorial and make your own amazing painting following the instructions of Sergey Gusev. Includes the source picture, the list of the art supplies, palette video, voice over. English version. The link is available during 3 days.


Maja. Instructional video tutorial. Secrets of portrait painting with the professonal artist.

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