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paintings by ChristopherStevens paintings by ChristopherStevens
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
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:iconplasticplayhouse:
plasticplayhouse Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this character looks great. it kind of reminds me of some of Stan Sakai's characters, i'd love to see what your rendition of usagi yojimbo looks like.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
Thanks. I loved Usagi as a kid. I had almost forgotten about him. I need to go read some of those books now.
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:iconkafel88:
kafel88 Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :D i like the dwarf mustache it looks like sea lion:]
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14974 Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bravo!!!!
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:iconfindingox:
awesome experimentations! I like how your style is still showing through... the dwarf reminded me a little of VanGogh!
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:iconbluejazz87:
This is great. Saving it to my favorites.
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:iconstarshield:
Mustache = AWESOME!
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:iconjbyrd117:
jbyrd117 Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've always admired how you make your shadows. Where/how did you learn to do them the way you do? I love it in your marker renderings and it translated over to your paintings as well.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
Thanks, man. I don't really know where the shadows come from. Frazetta is a big influence in general, so that's a source, but other than that, I'm not sure.
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jbyrd117 Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is a good example of what I'm talking about: [link]

Like your disappearing edges and atmospheric perspective on the figure. The monsters in the background have these like solid color shadows with gradients or something.
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