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Bot oil painting 1 by ChristopherStevens Bot oil painting 1 by ChristopherStevens
My first oil painting. My first thought when I started to push the paint around was...goodbye, acrylics. I was immediately smitten. There's an almost magical quality to oils. The whole time I worked on this piece, I must've said "wow" a dozen times as I watched the paint blend and flow in cool and unexpected ways.

My only regret is that I didn't start oil painting sooner. That's ok though. I probably wouldn't have appreciated the medium years before. The time is right I guess. I'm truly enjoying the discovering process with this medium. I'm sure now that this will be a great love/hate relationship for the rest of my life because I can't wait to work on my next piece (which I am right now)

As for the piece itself, it's not really important. I didn't even conceive of anything before starting it. I just started slapping paint down to see how it worked. I ended up with a very similar bot piece to my first acrylic painting ironically. Once I decided on a bot painting I thought it'd be interesting to do a similar color scheme and everything to see the differences between the mediums. There's a TON of differences. Not sure they'll be obvious to people seeing the scan or not, but it's very apparent in person.

I did this on a small gesso board. Really awesome but expensive surface to paint on. It's basically a gesso treated slab of masonite. The subtle texture is readily apparent in the scan.

So yeah, I'll be sticking to oils from now on I think and I look forward to sharing my progress as I go. Everyone has been extremely encouraging and generous with responses to my other painting endeavors. I very much appreciate it. It really does help me go forward.

Oils on gesso board

Bot Chris Stevens
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:iconarrd-art:
ARRD-ART Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing piece! Very sculptural like most of your work!
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mechaniac Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
I love what you do with the markers. always so clean and crisp.
But this piece, while still smooht and consistent in shading and color, has got those little strokes and bumps whichs makes it even more lovely!

so go on with oils! cant wait to see more!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thanks! I will definitely keep going:)
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
and yet you still have those awesome shadows and edges that I like!
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JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Artist
i love the mood…
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thanks, Jason.
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JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artist
Im just about done with your painting…..but you rock with the brush…
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Wow! That's sweet. I can't wait to see it! Just to ask, do you have a preference for yours? Oils or markers?
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JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Oils might be cool , if you don't mind, i like the oils you've been doing and the idea of "The Goon" as a oil does sound cool,,,I'm looking forward to seeing what you do…Thx Chris…
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Sweet. I do think that The Goon is a perfect subject for oils, but I'll let my mood decide since you're good with either.
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JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Artist
It's your call Chris , i know ether one will be great….i know that for a fact,,,lol
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TCShen Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
This bot series is awesome Chris. You work even more wonders with oils than acrylics it seems... keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!
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FindingOx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
so cool, glad you like it! oils are awesome; many painters go there and stay there :) ...there's only one complaint I've heard of -- if you live in a humid place/city (like I've done a few times) it might take a while to dry (and sometimes it just won't in these environments, haha)
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Very true. I think I live in a fairly dry place. The paint seems to dry in a few days. Takes about 5 days to be completely dry though.
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KodeMaster Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it a lot! The character reminds me a bit of the boss Electro Specter from the Super Nintendo game Earthbound.
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KodeMaster Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By the way, I really commend you for trying new media; painting is a serious challenge for me.
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objecterror Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I like it.
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VincentBryantArt Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
very nice first efford,looking foward to more.
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
wow awesome
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DrawMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Sweeeeet!
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vonholdt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautifully done!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks!
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aidenke Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Has some REALLY neat texture to it, the brush strokes settling in all the different ways. Very cool indeed, and always good to see this guy around! :P
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks. Yeah I agree about the strokes. You can get some nice effects purely by accident wit oils.
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Mister-Jackson Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Masonite is reaaaaaalllly nice. It'd probably be cheaper to buy the masonite and do the gesso bit yourself to be honest. You just gotta sand it down after it's dry to get it nice and flat.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks, yea I've gotta a lot of advice about that and plan to make my own from now on.
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DestroyErase Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So the robot is now a mascot for your artistic endeavors?

You should continue exploring new mediums. Have you tried water colors and gouache?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I guess so, yeah. It's a collection of basic shapes and hard edges. Makes simple experimentation easier. I dabbled with both of those mediums, but that was a long time ago. I use watercolor all the time for my greytone pieces, but I know that's not the same as full on watercolor. I can't say I've ever wanted to go back to it, but gouache is a possibility.
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DestroyErase Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gouache is like a chalkier version of water color which can also be used as a sort of alternative acrylic.

To be honest though, you would be a maniac to be buying gouache and using them as an opaque medium. That shit is pricey beyond any reason lol.
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RandyGreen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Boterrific! Your crazy mad skillz look great in oils! It's not the paint, it's you man!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
So weird. I responded to this comment and saw it and now it's gone. Anyways, I really appreciate the kind words, Randy. You rule.
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man I love the textures of this look and style it's Beautiful for such a simple thing!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thank you much!
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jinnyhinkle Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful job for your first time using oils! It's so cute.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks:)
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Zach-Starker Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
How long did it take to dry so you could scan it?
Its interesting how different acrylics and oils can be...of course, I've never used oils.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
It was fairly dry to the touch the next day, but I waited a full 3 days before scanning it.
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JasonTormos Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Digital Artist
nice one!
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BalanComics Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Somethin' about oils, man... Can't beat em.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
For sure.
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sun827 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Youi can make the boards youyrself super cheap. Go to Home Depot of Loews and buy a sheet of masonite at the desired thickness. It's usually under 7 dollars for a 4x8 sheet and have them slice it up to your desired canvas side. Then hit the art store and buy a bucket of gesso for under 20, paint a few coats sanding lightly in between or not depending on the tooth you want. And Viola super cheap "canvases" and depending on the dimensions you have them cut you can paint a whole series.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks, yeah I'm so new to painting, that hadn't even crossed my mind. I will most definitely be doing that.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your little bot is... *hugs it and steals it*
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thank you:)
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome :) I'm really happy to see you use other medium :) you're doing very well ! and I hope that you'll be less upset with watercolors, (aquarelle) because you were doing a fine job as well :D
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I appreciate it. It's my nature to give myself a hard time. Having more than one medium to go to may help with that....or not:)
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suspect you to have some masochist tendencies :p (I'm joking, I'm joking) But you're one of the few artists who are actually very hard with themselves and always seek progress :) which is very very important to me! you're very humble Chris, this is why I also follow your work here :)
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I appreciate the support. Stay tuned for more painful discovery.
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll be there when you'll need some support :) count on me! you can go experiment and I'll patch the wound with great pleasure :) (lol no it didn't sound creepy xD)
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