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 Post subject: Oil vs. Acrylic
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:34 am 
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So halfway through this project, I decided that I was going to mess around with oil painting. I've been painting with Acrylic for the past couple years and have really gotten used to it. My curiousity led me to try oil painting because I really wanted to render the robot and tenticles so that it looks more realistic than the city backdrop.
I'm also using a prototype tunable white LED lighting system from my company.

So far, I LOVE LOVE LOVE oil. It's gonna be really hard to go back to acrylic, but there are the compromises.

The primary difference in the transition has been:

1. My brushes are going to die

2. You can generate an amazing color spectrum with limited colors (I used a raw sienna brown and black/white)

3. You get to work on a layer, go do something for a day, and work on the same wet layer to get it JUST right. That's gotta be the best thing about it.

4. You can mold your lines to be a bit more fluent, but it's hard to drag oil unless you use some thinning agent.

I'll be done later this week, so i'll be sure to have the final pics up upon completion. You can see other progress pics at my site:

www.deliciousdrips.com

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WOW! I have always been scared to death of oil, cause everyone who knows me and how I paint tells me I'll hate it.
I love your use of multiple panels, that's something I've been wanting to do.

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No, they're all on canvas. The thing is that painting ALL the edges is a real B$#% with 8 pieces, sooooo my plan is to run an aluminum trim around the edges as a kinda finish to the pieces.

I figure aluminum will look good since this whole piece is centered around a robot.

Anyways, you SHOULD try it. Even if your messy, you'll adapt to it. Plus, it's really empowering feeling like you can paint thing EXACTLY as you imagine it. I'm just flipping through my "High Fructose" mag like, oooh i wanna do that, and that, and that.

AND YOU CAN!!

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Hah, I edited. I saw the canvas on your site. It looks like wood when you first glance at it. Also something I'd like to do. (Can you tell I'd like to do a lot, the problem is just starting it all?)
Anyway, I love it, beautiful work. The aluminum sounds like it will be pretty cool.

Acrylic does piss me off sometimes, I should start a-new with oil, maybe I'll like painting again. :)

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Oils give you plenty of time for blending. The problem is, after you're finished blending, they stay wet for another week (or longer depending on how thick you paint).

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Top work... I use acrylics just because I'm no good at waiting on things to dry and also because my style is so sketchy and you can draw over acrylics easily, however theres no doubt that oils can create some amazing effects! Keep up the good work! =D>

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if you NEED time to blend and what not, oils are great. but if you're not blending and doing paintwork in one spot for long periods of time, take the acrylics. one of the many flaws of artists is our inability to wait for paint to dry. with acrylics, if you wait about ten minutes, there will be NO accidental blending from the last color to the next because the last color will already be dry.

I actually prefer airbrush paints myself- but it's hard to find them in all the colors you want- you can use airbrush paints without the air part. just like any other paint- with a brush.

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I'm DONE... sort of.

I'm asking you guys to put your opinion on what should be in the robot's bubble to finish it off. Leave your comments on here, or on my blog at deliciousdrips.com

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Loving the robot, but personally I would suggest losing th speech bubble as I feel it distracts away attention from the robot, not harm ment by this, just putting my opinion out there.

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