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"Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They made their language. You make yours. All the past can help you."

- Robert Henri

How I became more painterly with my digital paintings

AvatarHai Pham


I used to fill in my drawings with colors, trying to shade it somehow.

But that wouldn´t help me paint portraits or people from life.

Why was imaginative painting so much different from painting from life?

I also wanted to paint “Speedpaintings”. Fast and painterly.

I didn´t want to paint using a mechanical workflow of filling in the colors and somehow shade it.

Little did I know that both processes support each other.

While using workflows to get a clean painting, the focus there is much more on construction.

In Painting however, we need to think in terms of values and color.





Painting actually consists of two separate parts.

  1. The Construction(Drawing) and
  2. The Light(Values and Colors)

We need to study both to complete our painting education.

But both need to be tackled differently.


When we fill in the drawings using arbitrary colors, our lighting will be arbitrary as well. In fact. We need to think about the right values and colors as soon as we use them.

I noticed, that Master Painters perfected their craft in a way, that there are no mistakes in terms of painting. Everything they do has purpose and studying their mindset will help us tremendously. So I went on a journey to study the process of the Masters and broke it down into the fundamentals that make their paintings work.




Loose painting works, because we almost only focus on the values and colors that are made up by the light. These values and colors are real.

Loose painting works, because the values and colors are correct.

Loose painting works, because we already know our construction and lights.

Loose painting works, because we make good decisions.


To improve your painting skills you need to be confident with a variety of painting concepts.

You won´t improve if you don´t know about them. It is hard to find the relevant information.

However, the purpose of this website is to compile and explain

The most important fundamentals, so that you get the most out of it.

I will not only tell you about them, but also show you how to effectively apply them.

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