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How I paint with acrylics

Thu Nov 17, 2016, 1:42 PM

I'm studing acrylic and I use photo reference to practise with realism. My goal with acrylic is archive a good realism even if those last months I'm more interested in abstract painting and I'm using a palette knife to paint something fresh and apply that to my common way of paintings. Anyway on this journal I will focus on how paint in a traditional way with acrylics.

This is the photo on which I've based my study: Once Upon a Dream XVI 

First of all I start with the pencil sketch. The illustration need to look very good  from the pencil. Thinking "I will fix this with color" is a tricky thought and in the majority (90%) of the case won't turn right and the thing that doesn't look ok on the pencil sketch became a great mistake with colors, because with colors the tendecy is to emphatize the defects.
Study by MarcoPellino 
Side note: I've picked an old sketch (something I did in Jenuary of this year I think) but in my newest sketches I'm putting a lot of attention in volumes, drawing everything is ALWAYS helpful and in this case help us when we want to paint over that because we already know the volumes and the masses.

After that I transfer the study on the paper/canvas on which I want to paint over. I use a light table or I do the pouncing. After that I trace the lines like I'm drawing the figure again with a dark color like Navy Blue or Ultramarine Blue and I paint with the same colors the midtones with a wash of that color. Than after everything dried I paint with a wash of a base color, I'm using a Liquitex Heavy Body green gold. As a flesh wash base it's nice using a dark green or an ultramarine blue, it depends on the type of flesh, but I use a green gold for the majority of times.
20161103 115925 by MarcoPellino

Than I start with the background color and I paint the background, I cover everything and I keep the important things unpainted. Usually I add the first background light if they are background lights and not foreground ones, because on that way I can paint over them the more defined objects and I have already the lights painted.
20161103 121621 by MarcoPellino

Than I start putting the details of the background. From now on I use on the majority of the case the acrylics without much water, the right quantity of water they need, and this depends from the brand of the acrylics. It's something you need to discover while painting.
20161110 002703 by MarcoPellino

When I've done with the background it's time to take care of the figure and I leave for last the elements that are in the most foreground In my case there is a plant that cover my figure, that's why I decided to leave that as last element to paint.
20161110 133405 by MarcoPellino

After that it's a matter of details and patience. And this is the finished illustration:
2016-11-17 2264-1 by MarcoPellino

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  • Playing: hyper light drifter


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Marco Pellino
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
I'm an illustration student. I started studying art seriusly when i become 18. Now i'm learning acrylics and improving my drawing skills!
I have Instagram, follow me: marco_pellino95
And, you can find me by googling #marcopellinoart


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NemirelofMirkwood Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a million for the llama!
Love the hedgehog watercolor! 
(sorta have an obsession with those little guys excited happy )

Thanks! Have a nice day! Starfire Wave Plz 
zemagomez Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama!:) (Smile) 
Rob32 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
MarcoPellino Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Wolffal Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for Llama <3  Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
AidaGrace Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Student General Artist
thanks for the llama! Heart 
MidnightWaifuWaffles Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
MarcoPellino Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
MidnightWaifuWaffles Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome 
fredicatiposhipper20 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Student Artist
Happy birthday!
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