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My first acrylic painting. Cool! Technically my second. I did an awesome Flash painting when I was 14 or 15. So awesome that this is the first time I've touched acrylics since.

I dont really know why I've always been afraid of paint, but I have. The recent work I've been doing with watercolor has shaken some of that fear and made me curious. Plus, these days my biggest inspirations havent come from comics like they always have before but from painters like Frazetta and Jeff Jones, so this was something I really felt like doing finally.

This was just an exercise just to see what it was like to really paint and I have to say I enjoyed it. I didnt make any effort to plan it out or concern myself with details and it was fun. I didnt draw anything first, (mainly because I dont know how to do that yet) so the image here was just worked in as I went. In a way, it's liberating to not know what the hell youre doing. This was done with two paints. Burnt Umber and white. It's essentially a greyscale piece that I used brown on instead of black.

Liquitex acrylic on canvas.

image Chris Stevens
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:iconcthulhujewellery:
CthulhuJewellery Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love that robot. The rubble is really nicely done too
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KidneyTheft Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
acrylic is pretty easy if u just practice yur ass off with it. i keep my paints wet at all times, while its pretty flexible, it can really fuck you if it dries too quickly while yur on another section. i bust all over the canvas, working with base colors on the key areas first then building up all the biggest tones then working down from there.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I dont think I would describe any medium as easy. It certainly is flexible though.
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KidneyTheft Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i agree that most mediums are never easy. but once u get the hang of acrylic then trust me its easy. like riding a bike every time u come back to painting
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baummitgift Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Amazing! I really like it. Nice colors and paint brush
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JoeS-16 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice job man! Reminds me a lot of Ashley Wood's stuff, I like it :)
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JayRandall Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
GOOD DEAL! Looks good, acrylic is more forgiving than watercolors as you can cover so much up with them. I still can't get that "painterly" feel to things with any type of paint so I am impressed with anyone who can.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Yeah, acrylic is much more flexible and versatile than watercolor. Opacity is pretty nice to have sometimes. It takes a different approach than what I'm use to with transparent mediums though.
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TCShen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
This is awesome Chris. You just keep expanding your horizons...
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thanks, TC.
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:iconnickmockoviak:
NickMockoviak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice.......
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red-viper-of-dorne Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
paint is were the money is. keep at it.
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I-am-Samurai-Jack Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
a true artist, be move between mediums so easily. Awesome :)
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SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't used acrylics in forever, but they are a good time. Looking forward to seeing you use them more, and hope you have some fun with color!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks. Yeah, the next one will have a bit more color in it and I'll hopefully figure out where I'm going with paint as I go.
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SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have such excellent control of your marker work it's going to be interesting to see how loose you can get with the paints. You may find a whole new side you never knew you had!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks. That's what I'm hoping for. I don't want to just recreate what I do in markers.
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Lambtroncorp Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I love a good robot :D
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:iconjeeshwa123:
Jeeshwa123 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   General Artist
Badass! :D It reminds me of Ashley Wood's work.
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renecordova Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
uuuuf men , i hate you , u really rules
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks!
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just keep in mind that acrylic paint dries annoyingly fast on the palette, so a good trick to do (if you don't have a stay-wet palette) is get a tupperware container and put damp paper towels in it and on top of that you put parchment paper. Then your paints go on the parchment paper and they stay wet for a long time!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Yeah, good advice. I learned that pretty fast. It dries REALLY fast hehe. I don't think it's a problem for me and my approach to painting, but as you say..on the palette you have to be vigilant. I'll probably get a "stay-wet". For this one, I kept sprinkling water on my styrofoam plate LOL.
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha I can picture you with your paint on the plate.
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rostridge Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! Fantastic first forray into acrylics!
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!! :)
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks, bro.
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RobertGill Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
This is really cool, man. I'm finding myself in the same position w/ my watercolors, and for the same reasons as you, I'm looking to dive back into more opaque painting after many years.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks. You should definitely go for it. You can't know for sure until you try it.
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Mondlichtfalter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For your first acrylic painting (in a while) it certainly is a wonderful piece of work!!
You've got a lot of talent! :)
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
:) a very cool and creative piece... well done :thumbsup:
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bluejazz87 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really nice. I've also been afraid of painting. Although I have some experience with oils. I've never felt as comfortable as I do just drawing. I always get confused on color theory. I hear the better you draw though the better it helps you paint...because of understanding the values, which I also hear is far more important than what color you put down. I hope you keep experimenting. This is pretty good for your second acrylic painting since you were a 14 or 15.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks! It definitely helps. All experience with any medium seems to help with other mediums.
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Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like it. I like it a lot! :)
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crazypurplemonster Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Amazing work for a second acrylic painting! Wish I could do something like this!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thank you!
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really amazing!! you shouldn't be afraid to try! (says the one who doesn't try what she doesn't know XD) no seriously, this is very beautiful! and maybe a bit tragic :/ I don't know, I feel sorry for the robot-hellboy :o (I'm teasing you lol) no, it's really a moving picture! keep painting and you'll reach new heights! I know it : D kiss kiss from France pal!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thank you very much:)
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome my dear :)
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richie-gomez15 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i'd love to see your watercolors, because tryout is beautyful.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I've never tried a piece that's entirely watercolor, but all of my marker pieces have a lot of watercolor in them.

Thanks!
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ShadedKnight Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
It's a tryout for being a rock, unfortunately he didn't get the part because he was too mobile :P. Like the work, keep it up!
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BiohazardousDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How were you able to get your canvas onto here so cleanly? xD photo ? or scanning?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I just scanned it. I do have an awesome scanner though.
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BiohazardousDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh I see. Must be a big scanner?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
yeah, pretty big. 11 by 17. The Epson Expression 10000 XL. Good but pricey.
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BiohazardousDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh wow that is huge xD the last scanner I used was a canon/epson. Man it's been awhile since I've scanned anything ..
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MasterOfNewts Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can sum it up in only one word: KICKASS!!!!!!
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