At 12/29/10 11:03 AM, Luxembourg wrote:
If anybody has any tips for painting with acrylics, they'd be greatly appreciated.
Taking a class, I have a little bit of experience.
Have you tried thinning the paint with water? You can't use too much (and too much can really be only a bit of water), or else it becomes transparent, but if you use just a teensy bit, it becomes a lot easier to do detail work, no matter the brush size.
Of course, that depends on how you're trying to paint. My painting teacher goes on and on about "painterly technique", which is basically using a buttload of paint so that the picture has a lot of texture. Basically, it means pulling what Van Gogh did and brushing paint all over the place (Van Gogh was very fond of swirls). Painting like this really means not worrying about technique, though, because big strokes sort of nullify precision.
You can only paint like that if you have a lot of paint, though.
Now for the only actual advice I have, is that it seems you accidentally drybrushed in a few places. As in, there wasn't enough paint or other wet stuff on the brush, so it has sort of a scattered stroke, not full and clean. The fix to this is simple; use alot of paint. Again, this ruins precision a lot of the time, but if you're careful, you won't have to resort to pulling a Jackson Pollock. Also, painting BG before anything else helps alot, but you won't be able to refer to any penciling to stuck on the canvas/paper/cardboard.
Do you use Gesso before painting? I guarantee that it makes the end result look better, as any primer does. The side effect though is making your acrylic dry about twice as quickly, so carefulness.
The only thing that bothers me is that the crown seems to be behind him, if you know what I mean. The glow from the moonlight makes it so the crown doesn't exactly seem to be floating atop his head, if you know what I'm trying to get at.
Also, the moon is sort of egg shaped, but fun fact: it's actually egg shaped IRL, too. We just can't notice it.
That's almost not even a problem, though. I like the character and the scenery, especially the regal mustache that the king of melons is sporting.
Does he reign over Honeydews and Cantaloupes, too?