Unconventional Oil Techniques (with James Gurney Voiceover)

James Gurney invites you behind the scenes to experience the creation of three oil paintings of Tyrannosaurus rex. He shows his initial gouache sketches and explains his tools and materials, including fast-drying oil mediums designed that work well under tight deadlines. 

Along the way, he pauses to demonstrate 11 methods of paint application, using black and white oil paint to simplify and clarify each approach. Some are time-honored painting techniques, such as glazing, scumbling, and oiling up. Others are tips and tricks that Gurney has learned from almost 40 years of professional work, including pre-texturing, side-dragging, and palette-knife blending. 

Learning these secrets helps you achieve a realistic paint surface, regardless of the subject matter you prefer to paint.

"James Gurney is a one-man art school. His blog, books, and videos are probably the best art education available anywhere. The lessons, tips, and insights he provides to artists are as useful for digital media as they are for traditional media. Gurney has spent a lifetime gathering knowledge from the disparate worlds of illustration, art history, visual perception, and the science of light and color. In his educational materials he distills and organizes this knowledge into easily digestible lessons that should be required reading for all figurative artists and illustrators."

Patrick O’Brien, Painter and Professor of Illustration, MICA

94 minutes, HD(1080p) Widescreen, NTSC video, with James Gurney Voiceover and PDF Supplement