The major difference in painting with oil and other paints is the drying time. Oil can take 24 hours or even up too a week to dry if proper thinners or natural thinners are used. Different colors take longer to dry as well the thicker the paint is the longer it will take to dry. Turpentine is the common thinner used but it can really make your studio smell if you do not buy oderless thinner. One of the best thinners is Liquin which is a gel substance that has thinner in it but it also has a strong smell. Refined linseed oil is a more natural alternative that works well.
Here is a shopping list usually I have to take 100$ to get a start if I am completely out of supplies.
- You need a canvas
- Thinner for cleaning orderless turpentine
- Oil painting set and any other colors like metallic
- Paint brushes and fan brush is important
- there are some good products for cleaning brushes The Masters Brush Cleaner and preserver is the best.
- liquid white is great for scenic paintings and it is invented by Bob Ross.
This is the quick list but you can also get stencils and thickening agents.
Start with the Gesso and make a thick layer using circular strokes trying to avoid it drying with a lines in it. Because after it dries in 24 hours you have to sand it. This is not a mandatory step but it is important for longevity to use the Gesso.
The next step is to paint the background and this is where a little planning goes a long way. It is good to paint the canvas one color and the edges of the canvas the same color. This is because many artists paint the edges last and when that happens if the canvas is not perfectly wrapped and stapled the edges can be a problem. Then after that dries lay down the color that has the most of the whole painting. For example if it were a lion then lay down the yellowish tan color and look at a color wheel.
After you have the background color and the main color it is important to consider a color scheme do you want a color scheme that pops or on that blends well. The difference is contrasting colors or colors of the same shades. Like Yellow and purple are contrasting but green yellow and blue are in the same color scheme. I would go with some green leaves around the lion and blue sky in the background. Then wait for that to dry and put in the black and white shades to really make the eyes and shadows look good. Then wait 6 months and add a glaze of varnish several if you want it really shiny and it will last a long time. To speed up the drying process put it in the trunk of your car. In a box so that the paint does not get everywhere.