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Old Master Drawing and Painting, Paint handling in Leonardo’s Mona Lisa: guides to a reconstruction

This paper is an effort to provide an idea of the built-up of the paint layers at various stages as the painting evolved. The author discusses the detailed and painstaking method used by the painter at each step of the creation of the painting to obtain sfumato effect.

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Vermeer at work, his materials and techniques in Girl with a Pearl Earring

The 2018 technical examination project The Girl in the Spotlight aimed to characterise the materials and techniques that Johannes Vermeer used to paint Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665, Mauritshuis).

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Planes of the Head II

This manual and model are designed as tools for learning in an
effective and orderly progression how to draw and paint the
human head. The model is applicable to both sexes and all races.
with variations arising only in proportion. The left side shows the
basic structure of the head’s planes as seen in a rounded and
or younger face. The right side shows a more complex structure
characteristic of a thinner and or older face.



Old Master Drawing and Painting, Advice on Painting from Singer Sargent

This pdf booklet is for anyone who is interested in John Singer Sargent and his working methods.


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Rembrandt’s Medium – A Study of Rembrandt’s Painting Technique via Copying

Source: Obi, Osamu,

Perhaps no other artist’s painting technique has attracted as much attention as Rembrandt’s who splendidly combined special qualities of oil painting characterised by colour transparency seen in the Flemish school and colour opacity and plasticity of pastose paint developed after the Venetian school. It is no exaggeration to say that Rembrandt’s technique, brought to fruition in his works, was a milestone in the history of painting.


Odd Nerdrum – updated

He started with a rough outline of the head and went straight to painting shadows, no hard edges in the beginning. During a break on the first day, he used a fan brush to soften the entire face. He turned the painting upside down a couple of times to see where the problem lies. At the beginning of the second day, before starting to paint, he applied a thin layer of linseed oil on the whole surface with the rag (oiling out) he then added green umber to the rag and applied that on the background. (no extra oil, except for the little bit of leftover oil of rag) in the same manner, he applied gold ochre (?) on the whole head, brown on the neck, black on the hair and all over the chin/mouth area.
That’s the only glazing he did. The rest of the time, he painted direct…


Odd Nerdrum’s Studio

When analyzing Odd Nerdrum’s technique simply from looking at a painting (even in person), most people invariable come to a brick wall. It’s almost inscrutable how he produces such sensuous and luminescent flesh, while at the same time creates a surface replete with texture and transparency that would make any abstract painter blush.

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Anatomy Videos by AnatomyZone

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BorderCalc is a simple application that calculates the borders (in inches or centimeters) needed to place a window in the center of a mat or at the so called “optical center”.  That’s all it does.

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Download BorderCalc for Mac OS X


eArt /

Now you can read and subscribe to pages and other fine articles on my publication.
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Old Master Drawing and Painting, Vermeer

The exhibition and accompanying catalogue are the result of a very close and intense collaboration between the National Gallery of Art and the Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis.

The staffs of both institutions, who will continue to work together long after the exhibition, collectively contributed decades of study to the project..

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Old Master Drawing and Painting, ColorLex

Old Master Drawing and Painting, Singer Sargent

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Old Master Drawing and Painting How To…

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Old Master, Historical Painting Techniques, Materials, and Studio Practice

The  authors  of  these  preprints  bring  a  wide  array  of  expert  knowledge as  well  as  many  fresh  points  of  view  that  are  certain  to  provoke  serious questions   and   debate.   The  editors – Arie  Wallert,   Erma   Hermens,   and Marja  Peek – have  assembled  this  volume  with  a  most  insightful  approach and  focus.

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Old Master Drawing and Painting, Caravaggio I

Technical art history and its practical application from Northern Light Studio. An exploration of Caravaggio’s painting materials and techniques.

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Old Master Drawing and Painting, Rembrandt I

Technical art history and its practical application from Northern Light Studio. An exploration of Rembrandt’s painting materials and techniques.

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Copying a Rubens Drawing by Lala Ragimov

Lala Ragimovs site is a relevant place to start if you want to learn how to copy old masters drawings.

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How to Paint Your Own Vermeer

These pages provide a document of the painting process of a Vermeer-like composition painted by Jonathan Janson. The text below explains both the origin of the composition used for this demonstration as well as the techniques and materials employed in the simplest manner possible without resorting to any undue sophistication.


My Attempts to Apply the Theory

After finishing Programme in Visual Analysis and Pedagogy the time had come to try out the different perspectives. What have mainly been of the greatest assistance are Bridgman and Nicolaides studies on the topic drawing. Warning. I don’t pay any attention to the critics. Don’t even ignore them. 😳

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Old Master Drawing Bargue-Gérôme Drawing Course


The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

We have converted the project to WordPress pages. Look for B. Edwards in the main-menu and have fun.


Alberti’s Window

A small article about Alberti and the perspective. Extract from The Invention of Infinity, Mathematics and Art in the Renaissance, Judith Veronica Field. Here it is.


Books by Andrew Loomis

Now you may download these excellent books (pdf) by Andrew Loomis. Here it is.

Now you can eventually read and subscribe to pages and other fine articles on my publication. (under construction)
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Updated Sitemap

In the Right Sidebar or in the Main Menu above you may find what you’re looking for. Have fun!

Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life

We are converting the project to WordPress pages. Coming Soon to a WordPress Site Near You! Look in the main-menu for G. Bridgman.

Drawing the Head and Hands

We have converted the project to WordPress pages. Look for Loomis in the main-menu and have fun.

The Practice and Science of Drawing

We have converted the project to WordPress pages and divided this into five sections due to the amount of graphics and text. There remains some work on proofreading and cross references.

The Natural Way to Draw

This section is up and running thanks to Ann and Betty. We will finetune it during may/june 2014. Look in the main-menu for K. Nicolaides and have fun.