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Integrating the Background Stories | Sebastian Salvo Paints a Two-Figure Composition (Pt. 3)

Jan-Ove Tuv visits Sebastian Salvo to observe him as he continues to work on a two-figure composition of a loving couple in his studio.
Part one:
Part two:

In the full video you will learn about:

  • How different parts of a painting can indicate different stages of the story
  • Not using models when working with the overall structure
  • Using the ground/canvas structure as integral elements
  • Sanding to emulate structure and toning down strokes
  • Trying out changes on a small photo of your painting
  • Slowly increasing contrast
  • Integrating qualities from similar paintings
  • Eliminating competition from what steals focus
  • Checking if things work in the mirror
  • Bringing remote planes in organic connection with each other

▶️ Full video (1 hour 7 min):
🎵 Full audio:

Fergus Ryan
Matthias Proy
Børge Moe



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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"