Composing a Narrative Self-portrait Painting (2/2) | Demonstration by Melisa Calabria | The Cave of Apelles

Melisa Calabria continues working on her composition using her colleague Kristine Onsrud and herself for the same figure, and she gives insightful advice on use of color.

In this video you will learn about:

  • Why you establish proportions, placement and value before color
  • How to work from memory after the model has left
  • Painting hair in “patches”
  • Making the facial expression correct according to the action
  • Why you should use color from the figure in the background
  • The purpose of neutralizing the background
  • Nerdrum’s advice on color


Filmed and edited by Bork S. Nerdrum
Featuring Melisa Calabria, Jan-Ove Tuv & Kristine Onsrud
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Shaun Roberts
Matthias Proy
Dean Anthony
Børge Moe
Eivind Josten
Anders Berge Christensen
Erik Lasky
Fernando Ramirez
Herman Borge
Iver Ukkestad
Jack Entz Warner
Jared Fountain
Jon Harald Aspheim
Marion Bu-Pedersen
Misty DeLaine
Richard Barrett
Maurice Robbins
Michael Irish
Stacey Evangelista
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan

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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"