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09 September 2003, 02:37 AM
Hi guys

I've browsed the forums for a while now, figured it was time to post some of my own stuff. This is my third painting i've done at school. It was more of a technical exercise than anything else. Nothing crazy, just acrylic on canvas. Hope you likes.



09 September 2003, 05:27 AM
Amazing. I love it. Don't get me wrong guys, but I always get freaked out at non CG art work. With no photoshop, no Undo and no filters. I could never even imagine doing somehting like this although it was always a dream. I'm a bid Dali fan, are your first piece surreal by anychance?

09 September 2003, 05:32 AM
Superb work Doug. Love the way you've captured the essence of the glass. I'm a big fan of acrylic artwork and this is excellent.

You got anymore?


09 September 2003, 05:37 AM
Very precice, Awesome work, I'm stunned.

09 September 2003, 05:46 AM
excellent work..very colorfull and i specially like how u made the highlights on different objects..
good work..keep it up..:)

09 September 2003, 07:00 AM
Fantastic :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 07:09 AM
This is an excellent "technical exercize". Be proud of yourself.

09 September 2003, 08:00 AM
stunting piece of art dude

09 September 2003, 10:23 AM
This friggin' rocks!!!

09 September 2003, 09:56 PM
thanks for the compliments guys. i have been working on some looser stuff now, will have to post it soon.

Sonix : here is another one for you. this is the 2nd painting i have done, finished this right before starting the other one. just another still life, the photo picked up canvas texture pretty well.

09 September 2003, 10:21 PM
What can I say?? Excellent work!

09 September 2003, 12:48 AM
Wow thanks doug. Again an excellent piece. :thumbsup: Canvas texture has shown up really well. The red apple is spot on, without the texture from the canvas, it's almost photo-realistic. Impressive work.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of your 'looser' stuff.


William b. Hand
09 September 2003, 05:51 AM
Your instructors have gotta be pleased.
Stellar work!

09 September 2003, 09:04 PM
fantastic work!
I have worked with acrylic, and is a specially complicated technique to obtain color degraded.
Very good accomplishment and control of the technique!

09 September 2003, 07:36 PM
Very nice!
It's always a pleasure to see an artist of your skill that still works with tradtional media.
Great stuff! :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 08:00 PM
ok, thats just amazing. plugged.

09 September 2003, 08:16 PM
Excellent work :applause:

09 September 2003, 08:16 PM
you should be able to pick up any lady by showing that pic and asking them "How do you like them apples?"
Seriously very nice technique with the acrylics.
I am curious to see your "looser" work and was also wondering if you have done any digital work as well.

09 September 2003, 08:21 PM
Excellent work! Good composition, contrast, and style. It's refreshing to see this type of work.

Keep it up. :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 08:23 PM
Very nice....I too am a fan of traditional art...perhaps it's because i'm not to good at it....good job:)

09 September 2003, 08:24 PM
Great work! :thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 08:45 PM
Fantastic work.:thumbsup:

09 September 2003, 09:17 PM
Originally posted by Terro
Amazing. I love it. Don't get me wrong guys, but I always get freaked out at non CG art work. With no photoshop, no Undo and no filters.

09 September 2003, 10:01 PM
Love the way you captured the essence of the peach.

The distinct difference between how you handled the peach and the apple with paint and brush is very pleasant.

The peach has such a soft fleshy complexion.

Well done still life.


09 September 2003, 10:07 PM
Could you tell us a little about the techniques you used? I have never in my life seen acrylics anything like that, soft shading is nigh impossible with them.

09 September 2003, 10:40 PM
Originally posted by Terro
Amazing. I love it. Don't get me wrong guys, but I always get freaked out at non CG art work. With no photoshop, no Undo and no filters. I could never even imagine doing somehting like this although it was always a dream. I'm a bid Dali fan, are your first piece surreal by anychance?

just want to add terro comment.You can't also trace like photoshop in traditional .

09 September 2003, 11:16 PM
That is nice!

09 September 2003, 11:20 PM
wow, really great.
I especially like the glass, looks very realistic.:applause:

09 September 2003, 12:54 AM
Very good!!!

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09 September 2003, 01:59 AM
why do you choose acrylic over oil? I have always enjoyed working in oil over acrylic my self because of the rapid drying with acrylic.
this is good work. keep it up and im sure you will have a solid carreer in commision work. And still lifes never go out of style.

09 September 2003, 04:46 AM
DoLeePoZ - please dont do that again.

09 September 2003, 04:53 AM
Ummmm.. apple :drool:

09 September 2003, 05:26 AM
Okay using 3d is an art form, but the computer does all the calculations for glass and light and all that. But you are true talent, I admire your skills, you are the master. :applause:

09 September 2003, 08:54 AM
It's amazing Work :wip:

09 September 2003, 10:05 AM

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09 September 2003, 11:11 AM
hey! if you did something in 3d, you could paint all your textures by yourself! this rocks! :)
i think the glass and water looks awsome! it must be hard to paint by hand....but im not that good. so i cant tell :) its probably real easy when you've done this stuff for awhile..

09 September 2003, 11:55 AM
Really nice technique , I'd be interested to see any figure work
that you've done. Keep up the good work.


09 September 2003, 11:57 AM
Cool! Reminds me of painters from around 1600 from Holland, little bit of the same style

09 September 2003, 03:36 PM
Its great... I like the details on your pictures... Glass=realy realistic

all the best
nikola drincic

09 September 2003, 05:58 PM
For the life of me, I can't even begin to imagine how it's possible to do this sort of painting with acrylics. Personally, I find it incredibly difficult to get smooth tone transitions with such a fast drying paint. Would you mind telling us how long it's taken you to create the first painting, and in how many sessions.

09 September 2003, 08:20 PM
Love it..

How did u do what was ur approach for the glass..
I can't paint...and I don't think I can make is such real in 3d too..
Super good...

Keep it up

09 September 2003, 08:51 PM
very nice dude

09 September 2003, 09:07 PM

Front page plug! Cool, you all just made my day.

Here is a quick explanation of how i did both of the paintings posted. I've been told its a really old process. Sorry guys nothing revolutionary here. I use acrylic right now simply because it is what i am being taught and it does dry fast so you can paint over to make corrections with out having to wait as long for it to dry. I will be learning how to use oils, watercolor, etc sometime in the future and i am excited to work with those as well.

1. Teacher and I compose, light, and shoot still life for reference image. Although most pictures never make perfect paintings so one must stray and change things from the reference to get the result you are going for.

2. Grid out and quickly sketch onto canvas.

3. From here i started building up the paintings in layers of opacity, best way i can think of explaining it. I would bring the whole thing up to 30% of what the final tones and colors should be. Then up to 60%, then 90%. In each stage i would start with the background first and then build up the objects from their darkest areas to the lightest. Also trying to keep things reasonably blended using dry brush technique.

4. From here i would start cleaning up, finish blending, and tightening details. All finishing blending was again done using dry brush. It took me a lot of practice to get a smooth result, but it works well once you can do it. I still have some room for improvement with that though. Glaze is also very helpful in certain areas as well.

Guess thats its, hopefully that made sense. I am sure there are a million and one ways to paint well with acrylic, this is just the one i have been taught so far. All of this does take a good bit of time but it yields a pretty rich result.

The process is a lot easier said than done unfortunately. The bigger still life took about two to two and half months to do, working about an hour or two almost every weekday. Yes, it took a long time but for one i was a slow painter. Two, it was just my third real painting and my teacher took it upon himself to really test me. I have never done any painting really before starting at this school, so the process and techniques are still all very new to me. However I am very happy to say that now, because of all the practice on the last one, i can do this in about one fourth of the time.

I think the toughest thing about all of it was getting in the real painting mindset. I also work part time for Big Sesh Studios doing 3d stuff, so when i first started painting it was almost a nightmare not being able to undo a paint stroke or revert to a previous saved stage because you just screwed something up. You slowly get used to that though. I have yet to to do any figure stuff, only still lifes but i will hopefully start that soon. Alright, thats a long response and i am just rambling now. Thanks everybody for taking a look.


09 September 2003, 10:51 PM
Many thanks for the detailed reply. It's very much appreciated.

09 September 2003, 01:43 AM
respect!~...thats beautiful...awesome

09 September 2003, 07:25 AM
:p I like it very much ,thanks!

:applause: :applause:

09 September 2003, 09:44 AM
Wow.. my friend your painting is magnificient. Should be a matted painter for hollywood. Nice Work!!!

09 September 2003, 06:15 PM
Outstanding work!

Im here just to make sure your 5 stars rank will last a little longer!! And thanx for the explanation about your workflow, this is priceless!:beer: :applause:

09 September 2003, 10:11 PM
1 : :surprised
2 : :buttrock:
3 : :cry:
4 : I have to :wip: !!!

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