Composing a Narrative Self-portrait Painting (Pt. 1) | Demonstration by Melisa Calabria
Melisa Calabria is an Argentinian painter who focuses on self-portraits and storytelling.
Having studied with Ricardo Celma and Odd Nerdrum, she underlines the importance of causality in her narratives, imbued with a dreamlike atmosphere of yearning and melancholy.
During her second stay at the Nerdrum Studio, she demonstrates the importance of composition and explains her method as she starts a new painting.
In this demonstration you will learn about:
- Developing an idea from a composition sketch
- Applying thinly when transferring the sketch
- Adding color to the the face (the most important element)
- Being aware of differences in values
- Painting on the whole surface “at the same time”
- Increasing contrast and adding a darker background gradually
- The possibility of big changes
- Adjusting transitions to get a soft totality
- Toning down one thing to emphasize another
- The appropriate movement to the psychological state of the figure
Filmed and edited by Bork S. Nerdrum
Featuring Melisa Calabria, Jan-Ove Tuv & Camilla Rose Gjertsen
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