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The Oil Painter's Handbook

with Tony Curanaj
The Oil Painter's Handbook
From composition and value to color mixing and oil paint application, get the step-by-step guidance you need to create an oil painting with photo-like realism!

Discover your one-stop resource for oil painting success! Renowned artist Tony Curanaj demystifies the entire painting process, starting with critical considerations of composition. Use the golden mean, rule of thirds and rule of odds to make organically eye-catching still lifes that never look staged. Then, easily block in a sketch with Tony’s tricks for accuracy and alignment. Discover two transfer methods, and develop tonal structure with “wipe out” and ébauche underpaintings. Build a lifelike, radiant still life as you explore volume, form and color with Tony’s expert tips. Learn how to use scumbling, glazing and brush pressure to apply beautiful layers of paint and  realistically replicate matte, glossy and transparent textures. Unlock the techniques to create a captivating still life you’re proud to show off! 

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. From 3-D to 2-D

  • Meet your instructor, artist Tony Curanaj, and dive into the first steps of your oil painting as you consider composition choices and begin to draw.


Lesson 2. Transferring & Underpainting


Lesson 3. Establishing Value


Lesson 4. Developing Color


Lesson 5. First Pass


Lesson 6. Further Development


Lesson 7. Finishing

It wasn't until I noticed the name Tony Curanaj on the Craftsy site that I leaped at the chance to learn from a true master of representational realism. To see his work in person is to see the work of a Modern Master. I could not pass up the opportunity to learn his process. His lessons are well-crafted, thoughtful, complete. He is a professional artist who can also teach. As his subject he created a still life using many surfaces: matte, shiny, glass, texture, transparent, opaque .... and within this one lesson demonstrated how to develop each to completion. I highly recommend this class, and hope Tony will create more lessons in the future. Excellent — superb— highly recommended.
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