Thursday, July 8, 2010

Chugging along...

Here's my current WIP. More oils, more liquin, more odorless turpentine. I'd say its about 60% done and hope to finish by Sunday evening.

It's for Illustration Friday and hopefully my next postcard. I'm going to try to produce about 3 high quality portfolio pieces per month and select the best for marketing. I'm planning on sending postcards out every 2 months.

Here's what I've learned thus far about oils...

1. They dry sssssslllllllloooooooowwwwwww.
2. Liquin helps to keep the finish matted while working and expedites drying.
3. You can't use the same brush throughout the painting. I'm constantly switching and washing.
4. Oil paintings start out looking pretty awful until the layers of paint build up. But, good news, they start looking better the more you work them. I'm just now starting to think this one's going well.
5. Areas of color (including shadows/highlights) have to be preplanned or I make a muddy mess of color. Mixing wet in wet is difficult.
6. I feel like I have more control of this medium to make it perform the way I like. Acrylic is nice - but I like this better already. I'm not turning back.

I like that we're posting more. See you on the board!


Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

It's quite a great start. Your giant character is quite well done, in my opinion. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I really like how you did the trees - I don't seem to get that sort of quality texture in my photoshop trees...very nicely rendered.

One thing is that the end of the giant's hand (the one holding the person) tangents the tree in the background. but that's the only thing I see that could pose a problem.

Make sure you post the final version!

pete said...

Thanks for the head's up on the tangent. Funny how those little things appear like that.

Thanks again, Isaac.

Steve Harpster said...

I think I would like to see him in a 3/4 view as opposed to seeing only the side view of his body. I think the coloring looks good and the execution of the background is really nice.

Patti said...

I like the coloring in this. I do think the hand holding the smaller man is a bit off. The trunk of the biggest tree on the left seems a little off to me too, but that may just be me. It will be interesting to see this finished.

Christy/Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

This is great....he has such character and I am really liking the oils. :)

pete said...

Thanks Christie, Patti, and Steve for the advice. I'm done with it and will post it soon.