More practice pieces. The one on the left was the second attempt and the right, the third.
For the second, I went with three colors instead of just two and just played around with it again. The subject is the same robot again. I like it's simplicity. Makes for a fun subject at this stage.
For the third, I used the hard canvas board stuff for the first time and mixed a bunch of colors for the first time. It's a portrait of my angry dwarf from the Skull Kickers.
Learning tons and really enjoying the process. I've learned that one of my favorite brushes is my finger. Learned that you can really water acrylics down to get different effects. Leanred that acrylics dont dry fast..they dry REALLY fast. Learned that I really love the look of impasto.
I wasnt happy with the way these acrylics were drying. There was always a noticable color and value shift. I hear that's normal, but that the Liquitex acrylics I'm using have a rep for being worse than needed, so I've ordered a set of Windsor & Newtons to try out. They're suppose to be good. I've also ordered a set of oils (yikes!) and some smooth surfaced gesso boards to try out. I like canvas, but I want to see how I like a smooth surface too.
Liquitex acrylic on canvas paper and canvas board.
images © Chris Stevens