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Hulk transforms oils by ChristopherStevens Hulk transforms oils by ChristopherStevens
Hulk's a popular guy. That's ok though because he's so much fun to work on. This is my largest painting to date at 14 by 18 and it took what felt like an eternity to finish. I don't know if I'm just slow or if that's normal for painting. I had fun though and I think it came out pretty well, so I'll take it. Another tremendous learning experience. Every time I'm feeling like I understand this stuff, I'm given a nice slice of humble pie. Mmmm...my favorite! Valuable lessons learned that will hopefully help me next time.

Some oils are very transparent out of the tube. The purple I used for his pants were like that. I had to add white to it just to make it opaque enough to not look terrible. The first pass over on the pants was TERR-I-BLE. A streaky mess. Looks ok now, but I was sweating a bit on those damn pants. I also discovered mars black on this piece. I'd been using ivory black thinking "what's the difference?" There's a difference. Ivory has that transparency thing going on. Mars is a beautiful deep opaque black that looks wonderful and blends like a dream.

This was a great piece to work on.

Oils on masonite
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:iconjeffdelierre:
jeffdelierre Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I am digging the shit outta your work man, absolutely top quality art. Please keep at it! Would love to see these in person one day...
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Thank you very much!
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gburkettsr Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I refer to learning while doing something I love as "Taking a class at the school of Trial & Error". lol  Amazing work!!
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serajmn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
good work
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King1cheetah Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Badass art pic
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GriffinsJoy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah you'll have that transparencie problem especially with tube secondary colors. If you keep your colors limited to the primaries black and white And mix all your own secondary's and hues you will get a lot better results from your oils. I always liked trying every color in the tube but it gets incredibly frustrating. Whya brand of oils are you using?  
Keep up the good work! :D 
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I'm still a noob at painting, so I havent been mixing as much as I should. That seems to come later for people. I'm doing it more and more with each painting. 

Grumbacher Pre-Tested.
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GriffinsJoy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Keep up the good work. :D
Mixing is so important for every painter. during my degree i was required to take a color mixing class befor i could take a painting class. Despite the tedious nature of creating accurate color wheels and hue maps from mixing primaries it really helps one understand how color behaves and what it will do For you. What it won't do.
I really like your paintings! Keep it up. :w00t:
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thanks. I could certainly use a better understanding of how colors behave. I learn something with every piece, but its going to be a long time before I feel like I actually understand the medium.
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GriffinsJoy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree! Painting is tough! I am always finding new challanges when painting. I am not a fan of oil myself. It's nice sometimes but I love acrylics best. They are hearty and thick and dry fast. And you can use them in all sorts of surfaces! Versatile! I like paying with media and surface. :D 
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I started with acrylic, but for some reason, it didn't speak to me. The first time with oils, it was a revelation. It felt so right. I wish it didn't in some ways. Acrylics are cheaper, easier in a lot of ways, more durable and can give you very similar results. Not too many downsides to it, but oils just feel right hehe.
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GriffinsJoy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That kinda how I felt when I discovered welding... Nothing else quite fill that gratification! :D
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Beautiful work!

Hulk really looks Angry!
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GammaFreak Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Simply badass!
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HugABug203 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Sir, you can really draw things. Well done.
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:iconsirandal:
sirandal Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Holy mackerel, this is bonkers!
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mp2carpediem Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Good job
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:iconbanenascent:
BaneNascent Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cool.
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:iconorabich:
orabich Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

:gallery: [link]

:points: [link]
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconredskrull:
RedSkrull Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous piece Chris. I was beginning to get a bit of Withdrawal...
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Thanks, man.
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:iconrostridge:
rostridge Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome piece! Great composition and you are an expert at framing characters. Superb textures as well!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Thank you.
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:iconbrentmckee:
BrentMcKee Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
love the thin orange line you put around the Hulk, really makes him pop...awesome!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thanks, Brent.
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kkirven Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
WOW!! I LOVE IT CHRIS!! Can I have it!? lol
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thanks, Karl. You could ask Dave. I'm sure he'd give it to you hehe.
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JohnPrisk Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn...
That is beautifully done. Gotta be an instant :+fav:
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconjohnprisk:
JohnPrisk Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
My pleasure indeed.
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KekeIllustrations Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG that is such a gorgeous use of colors! This is so epic!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I appreciate that. Thanks!
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miguelzuppo Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional
great work!
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:iconthegothamite:
thegothamite Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Brilliant piece, man!
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kaze26 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
badass
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dwil05 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
this is pretty asome
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:iconhowlett66:
howlett66 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
The bastard does it again...Dude I'm in so much envy you're getting better and better...Curse you!:P
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Hehe, thanks. I'm certainly trying to get better.
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:iconhowlett66:
howlett66 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome.It's good that you keep note of things and you share.I pick a thing or two from that.:)
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Patrucca Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so beautifully rendered!! You have a incredible skill & talent for oils. :)

I still have a lot to learn on my journey with oils...

-P.A.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thanks. Hopefully, we both have a lot to learn. I still feel clueless most of the time.
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! :clap:
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SpideyCreed Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Old school Hulk with an awesome color. like always !

->I don't know why but it remember me the Michael Turner's Hulk ! :D

(Sorry for my bad english :( )
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you kindly:)
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SpideyCreed Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No prob !
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Grafight Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Wonderful Hulk piece! Oils are a lot of fun, but yes, you will learn with experience how the different pigments interact with each other and the surface.

I have learned that the very best surface for oil paint is oil paint. In other words, prime your canvas, then do you under painting with plenty of pigment, then let it dry. You will then have the perfect surface to work. It seems you are learning just fine on your own, though.

Cheers!
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SasaBralic Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
AMAZING!
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chemicalRed Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Awesome.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Really good and you got a little of "Grey Hulk" in there in his left foot.
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