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Joseph Lorusso

Figurative painting with oils

Joseph Lorusso

"I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us."

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Joseph Lorusso

Lorusso received his formal training at the American Academy of Art. He went on to receive his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. Born of Italian descent, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age. Through several early trips to Italy, his parents introduced him to the works of the Italian Masters. Lorusso would look to these influences throughout his early artistic development and they are still evident in his work today.

The mood and emotion conveyed in Lorusso’s figurative paintings evokes a deep sense of beauty found in the quiet times of daily living. He has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns to color, texture, form and composition. 



Introduction of the artist  (09:56)


Explaining the process  (04:02) 


Subject and composition  (18:32)


Preparing painting support (18:14)


Which materials to use  (13:40)


Drawing and underpainting  (23:18)


Blocking (01.03:29)


Head study  (01:24.14)


Complete painting process  (03:30.56)


Varnish and framing  (11.36)


Final advice  (02.20)

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11 Lessons

Technique demonstrations and instructions by the artist

Supply list

Downloadable list of supplies used in this workshop


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Joseph Lorusso

Figurative painting with oils

In this self-paced video workshop, Joseph Lorusso talks about and demonstrates the full range of his painting process. He explains his general approach to figurative painting and storytelling, how he chooses subjects and deals with composition to create a certain atmosphere in the scenery. The demonstrations cover the entire creative process, from choosing materials and sketching the subject to all of the different stages and the complete painting. He guides the different steps and explains how to tackle different aspects of the painting process, giving the student an invaluable toolkit to apply in their own artistry.

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