BONUS: Master Copy of a Rubens Portrait (Direct Method)

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Using Baroque pigments and painting methods, paint along with Sadie as she creates a copy of 17th century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens’ portrait sketch of his wife, Isabella Brant.

Please note: In response to requests, we have only minimally edited this video so it’s possible to see the painting develop in real-time over 10 hours of footage. Due to this extended length, there is no recorded voice-over, unlike our other videos. However, Sadie has also included detailed written instruction for every stage of the painting.

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Lesson 1: Panel Prep and Under-Drawing

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Lesson 4: Background and Garments

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Lesson 5: Refinement of the Features

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The goal of this course is to emulate Rubens’ loose, expressive process, using just a few paint colors, to expand our ability to create quick and lively oil portraits.

Sadie starts this copy by sketching broadly with the paintbrush on a streaky toned ground. The flesh tones are then modeled with painterly strokes, and the clothing, jewelry and hair are expressively dashed in using a single-pigment paint application.

Video content run time: 10 hours, 20 minutes.