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    still life - with step by step!

    Hey guys, finally getting round to posting this - hope you enjoy!
    oil on canvas, around 90 hours



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    the setup



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    and some process images

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    starting the careful underpainting in raw umber, ignoring
    everything darker than pure raw umber and applying the paint
    more thinly to get lighter values - trying to get as much
    information in there as possible




    underpainting pretty much finished
    sorry for the horrible picture!
    this took about a week I think, working very very carefully




    next layer, working back to front so starting with the background
    and pure black, bringing the basket pretty much to a finish on
    one go. tough! and very interesting!




    next day, next section. can't go back without causing trouble
    with sinking in and drying times, so whatever I do each day
    better be right - going slow sometimes is the fastest way




    first painting finished, main stuff is all in there, the rest is relatively easy!




    ahm, those were supposed to be just roughed in but I had too much fun
    had to paint them again in the end to stabilize the paint layer but it was worth it : )




    only the wheat stuff is left! and that was quite the challenge,
    as it had dropped a few centimeters and many shapes were off...





    many days later, the final:



    thanks for watching

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    Holy....

    that is awesome =]

    -+Sketchbook: HERE
    Please comment, always looking for pointers
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    Dorian...I love you man!

    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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    WOW! thanks for posting step by step! really help me to understand the process!

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    A true follower of the treditional stillife style! Maybe you are familiar with Caravaggio's works. He started as a stillife painter. Also I may include Wilem Kalf and Ian van Huisum during the Rococco period. This is truly an amazing piece. Nowadays this is not so appreciateble art, unfortunatelly but there are still people who are amazed by these skills that a few have. It is not easy behind the scenes I think? However, I am amazed too. It is such a joy to see such stillife here on CA! - G

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    thanks guys

    clanlord: thank you! Didn't recognize Ian van Huisum's name, but I've seen his paintings, man I would looove to be able to watch him work hehe
    To me this here is mostly a study, an exercise. And a fantastic opportunity to learn about painting and myself. There were plenty of challenging moments... =)

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    Damn, man! Absolutely beautiful. I love how you couldn't resist to put those bright red apples in right from the get go I understand how that can be.. heh, in any case, quite an awesome piece, thanks for sharing the process with us!

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    Thank you for showing us your progress and gracing us with this wonderful piece.

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    Truly wonderful. Wait, I don't see any green leaves in there.

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    Its a privilege to see your progress, thanks for the wip shots Dorian.

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    Whoa, hold rendering! Great piece. This makes me want to start painting still life's all over again.

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    amazing to observe and a fantastic finished piece!

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    Amazing!
    It´s great to see the step by step.
    Thanks for share!

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    So inspiring! Love seeing step by steps. Thank you!

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    That's truly amazing! I wish the images were a bit bigger though :/

    Truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing

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    Incredible work as always man, and thanks for posting the step by step!

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    Awesome stuff dorian, I love how you set up the lighting, I always wondered how you guys at Angel had done that, now I gotta try!

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    It is wonderful! Is it possible to see close up of the finished piece?

    I like your step when it looked like rough, it was an interesting style.

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    still life mastery... gorgeous composition/lighting/technique. Beautiful.

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    Really nice to see some traditional painting process here. I paint in acrylics and digital, although nowhere near this skill level. I was wondering; do you paint right next to your still life set up as shown in your pic's or did you move the easel for the sake of showing both side by side?

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    Great result and thanks for the process steps!

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    Amazing to see the contrast of what it was before and what it is now. Realy cool to see! Nice job

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    Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    thank you everybody
    *happy*

    Quote Originally Posted by goilo View Post
    I was wondering; do you paint right next to your still life set up as shown in your pic's or did you move the easel for the sake of showing both side by side?
    no that's how it stayed (sight-size) and absolutely no thing was moved - anything that was potentially instable was pinned or glued down except the "wheat stuff" and - hooray - it moved
    part of the exercise was to make everything look as much as the setup as possible.

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    wonderful~~thx for sharing

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    GREAT WORK - Dorian I love the skill, the rendering is just perfect... wonderful piece of excercise. Keep rockinnn dude!!!



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    Hey Dorian! Thanks for the step by step. Gorgeous work as always! Cheers! -Ray

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