How to Art Lesson for Oil Painting Lilium


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December 1, 2017

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Lloyd Thibodeau
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Step 1 : Artwork Design and Graphite Pencil Sketching

Artwork Preparation

I've made some test art lesson video's about how the cleaning process of the artist reference photo is done before creating a lily flower drawing pattern. Many more will be added as I learn more about the software program's functions and after I've been able to tweak them a little. The first videos can be seen at this link of my Draw-N-Paint Facebook page. Comments are welcomed.

The drawing pattern will be the next thing created so that you will be able to download once it is rendered and organized into a PDF file. You'll find it located on the Artist Drawing & Patterns page when completed.

Graphite pencil shading of rocks in stream to determine light source direction.


The "Lilium" flower artwork will be in a landscape format layout with a stream flowing from the left background and zig zagging towards each rule of thirds position. I enjoy the zig zag layout on a rules of third because it lets me create artworks that are perspective enabling me to bring distance and depth in my artworks. I will be setting up a new artist pattern for this artwork on a golden ratio canvas. But first will be some sketches to construct the art composition.

Graphite Pencil Shading

The pencil outline has been completed with the composition in place. This next portion is determining from where the light source will be placed.

Pondering for sometime and giving much thought to this artwork I've determined that the right side would be a good area for a warm light to branch out onto the stream and landscape. I am going to locate the light source just to the left of the largest tree above the stream where it flows from on the left side of the composition.

Artist Grid Pattern Setup

The first and now the second of many video to come has been added to YouTube gallery. Cleaning Art Reference Photo which are short videos on preparations done to the photo reference image that will be used for these art lessons. After the cleaning process a grid drawing pattern is made for downloading and for young artists you will enjoy learning to see negative space as an artist does.

This is a stepping stone of training the eye to see distance between edges in your art subjects. After some time with practice you should become more proficient in drawing your artworks.

Artist Canvas Setup

The canvas that I'll be painting on will be 18" inches high by 29" inches wide. This a golden ratio canvas size so for my thumb nail sketches I like to use a smaller size that represents that same golden ratio.

This is a Masterpiece Vincent Pro Professional Quality Museum Wrap canvas. It's an acrylic primed with a medium tooth and weight.

I'm doing this on a peice of card stock that is eleven inches by eight and a half. I've measured a line at seven inches across to make it the size of a small golden ration canvas as a thumbnail sketching surface. After which I've divided the composition area up into the rule of thirds that many a well known artists have used.

Artist flower reference photo.

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