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How to paint like William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Video tutorial (download). Lesson 1.

In this 3 hours long video tutorial Sergey Gusev demostrates how to make a master copy after a famous french painter of the 19th century William-Adolphe Bouguereau in oils on canvas.This lesson is a step by step tutorial devided into 5 parts:

stretching canvas,



blocking in,


Part 1. Stretching canvas.​

In the first part Sergey Gusev shows and explains how to stretch a canvas and make the surface ready for painting. As canvas Sergey uses belgian linen by Claessens with extra fine texture and two layers of oil ground.

Part 2. Underdrawing.​

In the second part the artist shows how to make an underdrawing using willow charcoal. Mostly Sergey cares for the right composition and proportions of the head. After the underdrawing is done it is necesssary to fixate it using odorless thinner and oil paint painting over the mane lines. After that Sergey let it dry for one day and moves on to the third part.

Part 3. Underpainting.​

In this part Sergey explains how to make an underpainting - the first layer of oil color using Galkyd lite as a medium and two oil paints: Burnt umber (Michael Harding) and Transparent Red-Oxide Lake (Old Holland).

Part 4.Blocking in.

This is the main part where the artists explains how to block in using all the colors from the palette.This part is done alla prima during one session.After finishing it up we let it dry for a few days - most likely a week.

Part 5. Details.

In the final part Sergey explains how to finish the painting working on the facial details, likeness, softening the transitions between the half-tones. ​

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

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  • Download 3 hours long video tutorial and make your own amazing master copy following the instructions of Sergey Gusev. Includes the source picture, the list of the art supplies, palette video, voice over. English version.


How to paint like William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Video tutorial (download). Lesson 1.

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