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Step by Step Process of the Oil Painting - the Uphill

Updated on February 28, 2022
ArtistRamyaSadasivam profile image

I have had a flair for portrait drawing since childhood. I have done more than 2000 pencil portraits just for the sake of practice.

Process of the painting

Day 1 - Color scheme

  • Basically this step is all about filling the canvas with colors, which means filling the canvas with the main subject and also all the background subjects.
  • Also I try to separate all the presence of light, absence of light and the shadow part of the subjects there in the painting. That way I assign values for myself so that would serve to guide me through the painting.
  • This is the process that I usually do for all my oil paintings for sale .

Day 2 - Dress alone

  • I retouched her dress and also her face. Generally my approach is, I do the initial raw color coating and define the painting initially itself.
  • Once when this step is over, all that is left out is the process of adding light. Light is something I love to add as the last step. It does not take much time at all, moreover once when the paint is dry, adding light gives the highlight parts a very sensible effect. Unfortunately I did the above process with the tubelight on and so I should redo the face and dress part again.

Day 3 - Agricultural field & trees

  • I did the flat layer of the agricultural field. By flat layer, I mean I roughly define the presence of light and absence of light area. This is the initial defining step.
  • As a last step I add reflection on all the subjects wherever required. I have found this technique to be very effective.
  • Also I did the flat layering of the left most 2 trees, just the leaf part.

Day 4 - the trunks of the trees

  • I did the flat layer of the trees, which means later after these trunks are dry, both in the "absence of light" and "presence of light" I will be adding more and more values.

Day 5 - a small overall

  • I have touched the background a little bit (the lower background), strengthened the shadow values there.
  • And also I touched the rock she is sitting on. Both the places may need the light areas to be touched and the shadow areas to be smoothened.
  • Also I did the shadow part of her chudidhar. Minimum 5 days work pending I guess.

Day 6 - Flat layering of face & leg

  • Today I did the leg and her cheppal and also her face. Did a basic layer of POL & AOL.
  • Also I deepened the tree stems. So all that is left is only to add highlight to all of the subjects. And also balance the shadows of the trees on the ground if required.

Day 7 - Face, leg & cheppal

  • Just the face, leg, cheppal, the rock she is sitting on and a little bit of the shadow is left out. I may be working for 3 more days on this.
  • Sometimes it requires more than flat layering. Flat layer is a rough presence of light and absence of light division of any subject that I do, sometimes it takes 2 to 2 sittings to just perfect the flat layering.

Day 8 - Highlights on the face, rock and leg, cheppal

  • I did the highlight on the skin part, her hair, her dress, the rock, cheppal, ear rings and the rock today.
  • Today was only about bringing all the shine and reflection wherever it was required.
  • Sometime it takes a minimum of 8 days to study such a simple work. This is the output of the painting, but I will be uploading a better version of the painting soon.


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