How to Block in the Big Forms | Portrait from Live Model by William Heimdal | The Cave of Apelles

How to Block in the Big Forms | Portrait from Live Model by William Heimdal

William Heimdal paints a portrait of Lasse Bøyum whilst Jan-Ove Tuv asks him questions about his methods and thoughts on painting.
In the full version exclusively available on our Patreon, you will also learn about:

  • Painting with Jannik Hösel’s medium
  • Making red and green contrasts in a face
  • That it is all about getting the big forms
  • Not getting hung up on anatomy
  • The danger of obsessing over Christ’s left thumb
  • Surprising reasons why you are blind to mistakes
  • That at the core, the masters are identical
  • Balancing the highlights according to the center
  • Why Prince William needs a dyer’s boy
  • Starting out thick and then paint thinner

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Video by Bork Nerdrum

Fergus Ryan
Matthias Proy
Børge Moe
Eivind Josten


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"