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The Oil Painter's Handbook

with Tony Curanaj
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 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

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