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Spidey Vs Goblin WIP by johjames Spidey Vs Goblin WIP by johjames
Spidey Vs. Green Goblin work in progress. My first painting and use of acrylics, ever. Steep learning curve. Have to bring it into Photoshop for the background and webbing. The actual image is much larger, and in full colour. More to come. Thanks for viewing!
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pureluck13 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
nice! looks cool jose :) very well illustrated.

Since you've expressed a difficulty painting this, I can throw a few suggestions and tips your way. :P

If you were struggling with the thought of painting around your figures since its your first acrylic painting, the easier alternative is to paint your background first (or apply a neutral base color, then build your lights and darks over that when you progress your painting). After the background or base color is applied; then trace your illustration on tracing paper (or photo copy it to the paintings scale, whatever) and get yourself some white transfer paper (you should be able to get that at omers des serres and one sheet can be used multiple times if your working on a large canvas) Then its easier to build your painting up from there.

- Also, don't build your paints up too much unless you deliberately want to cover the color that is under; you can use colors mixed with a glaze medium which adds transparency to that color while still retaining the hue and brightness. this can be used to add an effect of light without hiding the detail beneath it, or to unify your color pallete, or probably several other creative ways.
- Alcohol is your friend (keep it handy with a rag, either to clean, smear, or to create highlights)
- If you want to keep your colors wet (since they do tend to dry fast on your paint pallet, don't be affraid to add water, but also add a bit of gel medium to give back some of that sticky consistency to the paint so it applys on the convas properly (if u add too much water)

Thats all I thought of on the spot, so feel free to test any of that out im sure youll enjoy your experiance with acrylics even more, (on a test canvas or another project, I'm not implying to try it on this one), take care! and nice to see a new post, throw up some more :)
johjames Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hey Alex! Great to hear from you, dude! Hope you're well. Thanks for the terrific advice. I've found using a light box works very well for popping the pencils to the surface, but I mainly enjoy eyeballing one of my sketches on the side for reference. I'll look into that gel medium you mentioned, too. And if you have the time check out my blog for more updates on WIPs and other stuff. Keep in touch, buddy.
pureluck13 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I hope you're doing good too. :) No problem. I'll definitely keep in touch.

Also, what material are you painting on? I imagine canvas paper if you used a lightbox?

Oh, and something else came to mind now too; there's another material called modeling paste which I'd recommend you only use on a canvas board or illustration board if you want to experiment with it. It can add texture to your piece: [link] all that funky texture was done with modeling paste. this was a slightly more abstract project, but its done in acrylic. On an illustration board i randomly applied modeling paste with a pallet knife and brush (its gotta be 100% dry tho before you start painting, and when you apply or brush colors over it, the surface gets varried, and if you wipe color off or around with some alcohol and a clean rag you can get some nice effects (you can make some awesome atmospheric skies like this is one of the first things that comes to mind for me).

I'll be checkin out that blog!
johjames Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, buddy!
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