Intermediate Painting: Chapter 5: Canvas: Mermaid

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In this chapter we begin exploring the subject of a mermaid in a seascape. Master Ercole Pignatelli will guide you through the process of sketching out your drawing in charcoal.

Module Lessons (11)

Canvas: Mermaid Part 1

In this lesson we begin exploring the subject of a mermaid in a seascape. Master Ercole Pignatelli will guide you through the process of sketching out your drawing in charcoal.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 2

Master Ercole Pignatelli will continue to adjust his charcoal drawing before adding introducing color to the piece. He will show you how to accurately play with light and color as you prepare your ...

Canvas: Mermaid Part 3

This lesson focuses on accentuating the bust, torso, and arm of the mermaid subject. Master Ercole Pignatelli instructs you on where and how to add the strongest area of light.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 4

We continue working on our mermaid painting by retouching the seascape. We also dive into painting the face of our subject.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 5

In this lesson we will continue to develop the mermaid’s face and the volume of her body.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 6

Master Ercole Pignatelli will focus on the waves and the horizon in our background.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 7

Here we will continue to detail the shape of the mermaid’s leg and side.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 8

This lesson focuses on detailing the seashell at the foreground of the piece.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 9

Master Ercole Pignatelli will perform some retouches and work to develop the mermaid’s tail.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 10

This lesson will address necessary retouches to the face, sky, and sea in our painting.

Canvas: Mermaid Part 11

In this lesson, Master Ercole Pignatelli will perform final touch-ups and complete the mermaid painting. He will demonstrate the proper way to varnish the piece.