Kai Lun Qu

"Empyral" Step by Step


I start out by applying a thin wash of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Orange over the entire canvas to set a neutral ground.

Using my rag, I roughly wipe out where I estimate the lighter region of the painting will be, building a rough structural layout along the way of the composition.

Mixing Alizarin Crimson with a dab of Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Violet, I lay in the darkest darks.

I start laying out darks to dark midtones on the surrounding area of the canvas, in order to make room for the midtones that are to come later.

Using a mix of Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Vermillion and Naples Yellow. I start to block in the midtones as well as start to hint at the reflective lights.

I slowly start adding Titanium White and more Naples Yellow to the mix, pushing back the dark midtones and pulling out the light.

I start to lay in a mix of Cadmium Yellow and Titanium White thickly upon the highlights.

I continue to block in the subjects with a Direct Painting Alla Prima approach. I use the Indirect Painting method and a bit of glazing to achieve what I wanted with the surrounding, coming together to a finished Painting.

-Kai