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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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jbyrd117 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!
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.
jbyrd117 Jun 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha I can picture you with your paint on the plate.
rostridge Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! Fantastic first forray into acrylics!
Juliano-Pereira Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!! :)
TimTownsend Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Thanks. You should definitely go for it. You can't know for sure until you try it.
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