Step by Step Painting – Featuring “Arabian Princess” Oil Painting- How I Paint in Oil

Hello again and welcome to GK Paintings Diary!. Finally I got sometime to prepare for this post. I’m sure you will love this one ๐Ÿ™‚ You will be surprised when you see the early stages of this painting, and how it evolves from dull – and kind of weird – colors into the final product with beautiful vibrant colors. I will also share with you the oil paints I used for this painting.

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Now, Lets Go!

“Arabian Princess” oil painting – the final product

List of Oil paints Used For This Painting:

I used total of 8 oil colors in this painting which are listed below.









Stage1- The initial sketch

As you can see, the very first stage is outlining the sketch into the canvas, using just a pencil, and a rubber eraser to fix minor mistakes .

Stage2- Sketching with one oil color

I usually use Vandyke Brown oil color. But why? This stage is important for me because it gives me some sense as where to define light and shadows areas (color values).

Now, all painting is sketched with Vandyke Brown (diluted with turpentine). I leave it to dry before proceeding with next stage

Stage3- Underpainting layer

I will start first layer of mixed colors. I usually mix three tone of color shades: light, medium and dark. I start applying the dark outlines, then blend them with medium and light tones.

You can see here the outline of the face and nose with dark color, and inside the face is with medium tone

This is the result of the underpainting layer for the face part

Here, I do the same for the hand (underpainting)

I repeat the same process of dark outlines for the scarf and blend with medium & light tones to fill in the scarf area. You can also notice the underpainting layer for the hair

Have you noticed the change of color tones in the scarf and the dress? It give more depth to the painting

Stage4: First layer of actual colors

After the underpainting is completely dry, I proceed with mixing the actual colors, in this stage, the features of the face will start to appear and become more defined. Do you see the color difference between the eyes? ๐Ÿ™‚

I continue applying the actual color mixes using same technique (darker outlines and blend with medium and light tones)

This is the result of the first layer of actual colors. I leave it to completely dry (this is to avoid mud color effect if you apply new color over not-so-dry color layer)

Stage5- Add some more highlights

You can notice highlights between the eyelids and eye-brows, the nose tip, the chin..etc

More highlights!

Stage6: The background first layer

I wanted to do a background with these shapes, but I changed that in a later stage ๐Ÿ™‚

I continue applying the first layer of colors to the background

This is how the background initially looked like, but I didn’t like much in the following day, so I decided it to change it

Here the background looks much better to me ๐Ÿ™‚

After the face and hair were completely dry from previous layers, I noticed that they required one additional layer: highlight streaks on the hair, darker eyebrows and eyeliners, more highlights on the face (forehead, nose tip, cheeks, chin, lips)

Here, I add some more highlights on the dress part(after it is completely dry)

Now that the painting is almost finished, I try to add something unique to it, in this case, I add intense-colored outlines around the girl. The first out line is a mix of yellow and white

You can see how the painting becomes more beautiful with this outline! What do you think?

I added one more outline with red color

I added a final third outline of green-yellow color around the girl. The painting is now declared completed!

Now, here is a bonus for you!

The image down below was the inspirational reference photo I used for my painting ๐Ÿ™‚ My painting style revolves around designing creative color palettes, this is how I enjoy oil painting! It makes the painting process more exciting, wondering how it will eventually look like…

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Check out my tutorial on how to mix oil colors with easy step-by-step instructions:

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