August 8, 2007

Acrylic owns Oil

I was moving some paintings around today, when I came across these two. I figured it would be a good time to scan and post them up. These paintings are by far my favorite pieces I've done in acrylic. I never thought I'd be able to paint anything until I tried acrylic. Compared to oil, acrylic was just so damn liberating. Oil forces you to plan things out and for me it leaves little room for spontaneity, all of which is due to its long drying time. But with acrylic it dries so fast that even if you put down a color or brush stroke that you don't like, a few minutes later you can just paint right over it. I don't worry about screwing up when painting with acrylic. I try to paint digitally the same way I paint with acrylic but I still know I paint differently with each. I suppose it’s because with real paint you're slowed down and forced to think more about each brush stroke. Anyway, I just got a new sketch book today so be sure to check back soon for new sketches.

August 4, 2007

back alley paintin'

This is a painting I've been working on the last couple of days. I haven't painted an environment in a while and when I saw a picture in National Geographic, I thought it would make for a nice painting. I wanted to finish this painting in one sitting but after a while I needed to get away from it. But taking a brake from it and getting feed back was really helpful. Also threw in the quick roughs, each took a couple of minutes. I'm pretty happy with the end result and I know there is room for improvement but I'd rather move on to another piece.

I'll be sure to post something soon again, some more sketch book stuff most likely.