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eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Big post coming up.


One of my old coworkers

Long story short, I used to work as a commercial sign painter. It was a cool, life destroying job, so now I'm making a painting about it.


The initial sketch


Sketch fleshed out


Transfered to wood panel and painted


Bit more progress


Beginning variegated loose leafing


Border leaf on, figure nearly done


Close up of current stage

So I was wondering if anyone has any experience painting over metal leaf. I've read that painting over imitation leaf is fine with oils except for minor adhesion issues. Most likely I'll seal the leaf before doing a second coat just to be safe. Plan is to put imitation gold over the black lettering, and genuine copper behind the figure for the setting sun. Then a sealing coat, then Mucha-esque line work. Any recommendations for safe ways to go about this?

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eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Tardigrade posted:

Anyone have experience with water-soluble coloring pencils? I recently splurged on a bunch of materials and picked up a box of Prismacolors since I've never tried using them before. Anything they do particularly well?

They're pretty awesome tools. Pair them with a water brush like this and you can get really cool effects in a really portable package. They don't do big flat washes too well but they're ace when you want to soften line work.

eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Autechresaint posted:

I've been in the video game industry as a 3d artist for the past 14 years but I am currently unemployed and bored. I've always had a love for watercolors, ever since high school, and have started doing pet portraits for my friends and commission. Here are a few examples of my recent works.



These are really well done and especially precise. What's your process like?

eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Autechresaint posted:

Quick question for anyone who sells paintings here, what would you charge for a watercolor portrait like this?

It really depends on your market, material costs, time, and audience, but what matters most is building a network of clients. Then you can charge based on the demand your work garners, or just be so spectacularly good that clients are willing to bid on your service. Do some stuff of friends for free, paint surprise pieces from social media photos, do practice pieces of celebrities and popular figures, build up a portfolio that can back up your asking price.

It also helps immensely to have a rock solid structure to your painting approach. When people see consistency in your art they're more likely to throw some bills your way for it. If your portfolio is a few completely disparate pieces then no body can really be sure what they're paying for.

eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Stroszek posted:



From a photo by Vivian Maier.

What material is this? Seems like you're losing a lot of information from the source, particularly the depth of the scene and the form of the figures. Could just be your photo though.

eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Keep cross checking your reference. Maybe look at it in a mirror or flip it digitally to keep it fresh. For a first pass it's mostly there. Better photos of the painting would help a bunch of course.

eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Cool project, are you using resin? How do you arrange the pieces in the bottles? Would be great to get a better idea of your process, sounds like there's a lot you could do with it, especially if it is resin as there's been a lot of similar medium work around here in Brooklyn.

eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



ursa_minor posted:

really small drawings

I really dig these. Any particular reason for doing the exploded structures? These seem like a perfect entry for a small works show. Lots of potential for development in the idea. Maybe experiment with different formats of paper.

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eggyolk
Nov 8, 2007



Hellbeard posted:

I got a bunch of stuff I ordered so I'm trying out techniques and combinations. I'm using Talens China Black ink with a "school" and "Mapping" nib, Kuretake Zig Clean Color brush-pens, Mitsubishi uni Posca white paint marker and Faber Castell Polychromos on Strathmore 300 Sequential medium - Vellum finish.

http://i.imgur.com/s8wscBC.jpg

I'm really digging the pencils on the Vellum finish. I like the white marker ability very much too. I wonder if there are other ways of adding brighter colors. I'm considering getting some gouache.

Modedit: please link to NWS images

Looks good, you'll probably really enjoy gouache. I use white gouache on my inked drawings to add highlights. It's great because it doesn't resist more linework like watercolor tends to. Plus you can push it around any time you feel like because it's never truly dry.



Here's a picture of my finished painting from a few pages ago.

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