Step by Step: At­tack your im­age in lay­ers

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1 Pen­cilling an un­der­draw­ing

I start my pen­cil draw­ing in red Col-Erase. It’s help­ful to rough things in with a coloured line first, as er­rors and changes are eas­ier to cam­ou­flage in the fin­ished draw­ing than in graphite. I switch to me­chan­i­cal pen­cils for fi­nal ren­der­ing, work­ing on top of my rough sketch.

2 Adding a wash

I paint over a print of my pen­cil draw­ing on tinted pa­per, wet-stretched to avoid buck­ling. I start with an over­all wash of (red) wa­ter­colour be­fore switch­ing to small brushes to ink the draw­ing. Once dry, I use white char­coal pen­cils to sculpt the forms and add high­lights and de­tails.

3 Fin­ish­ing in oils

I seal my un­der­paint­ing with matte medium (sprayed on to avoid smudg­ing) and fin­ish with two stages of oil paint: a base layer in a com­ple­men­tary colour (green­ish teal) and, once dry, a fi­nal pass with trans­par­ent hues. Opaque high­lights can be painted into the fi­nal glazes.

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