The Spoils

Aug 20, 2014 / 26 notes

Anonymous said: hi there-- your work is fantastic! I normally work with acrylics, but really admire your work in oil. I was wondering how often you use acrylics and about your opinion as to whether or not adding retarder makes for a similar effect to oil paints? I understand that there are some obvious differences, but right now my problem with acrylic paint is that some of my value changes are too sharp because of how quickly the paint dries. Thanks

Yeah, acrylics are problematic in the difference between “live value” and “dead value” after they dry (my terms, not industry terms). I’ve developed a method that allows you to paint directly into gouache with acrylics so that it more closely resembles wet-into-wet oil painting in that your color mixes on your piece, not on your palette. Step 1: Full pencil value drawing. Step 2: Use a light midtone acrylic (I like unbleached titanium white, Liquitex heavy body, diluted with water) to both fix the drawing, and define a midtone value in one step. I apply gouache or watercolor liberally  in areas that I want to be warm or cool (generally only two colors that are complimentary, i.e. orange and blue). Step 3: Once the gouache is dry, I paint the same midtone acrylic back into the gouache which turns the color either warm or cool, dependent upon the temperature of the gouache. The acyrlics still dry darker, but they are changing in value and hue in front of you, not off to the side. Step 4: Redefine darks.

Nothing supplants oils, but this is a process I’ve developed over the years that gives me some favorable results. Hoping this helps!

Aug 20, 2014 / 4 notes

scruffymynxbane said: Your stuff is inscrutable to me but it's too good not to follow. i'm not sure if there's a question in there or not. If you hear one, feel free to answer it.

Thanks, it generally helps when the work is paired with the text. I try not to make the illustration work too accessible on a conceptual level- it allows the text to aid in explaining my images, versus the other way around. I really appreciate the kind words and message.

Aug 20, 2014 / 4 notes

hatingcoriander said: Hey there, I've just discovered your art and wow – you're incredible. I can't quite describe it, but your style is so moody, conceptual and just all round wicked! It's as if you've made it effortlessly and it's just really inspiring. You probably get messages like this a lot, but I'd thought I'd let you know anyway. Thanks for making and sharing :) – Cheers

Man- thanks a million. Every kind note is welcomely received. I wish the effortless part were true. Each image is a battle, filled with labor and frustrations. Sometimes they work out, and often, they don’t. Many thanks for taking the time to comment.

The color version of my artwork for Monstrous Opimism— In Memory of Kerry Talbott. Prints available soon to raise money for Kerry’s family.
Aug 17, 2014 / 176 notes

The color version of my artwork for Monstrous Opimism— In Memory of Kerry Talbott. Prints available soon to raise money for Kerry’s family.

Something for a passed friend. A little work-up of an IP I’ve been kicking around for a while that was refined during this summer’s Legendeer Workshop.
Aug 16, 2014 / 67 notes

Something for a passed friend. A little work-up of an IP I’ve been kicking around for a while that was refined during this summer’s Legendeer Workshop.

@legendeer workshop lecture before white water rafting. Great talk from @danluvisiart @allisonsmithart @chrisvisions
Jul 8, 2014 / 7 notes

@legendeer workshop lecture before white water rafting. Great talk from @danluvisiart @allisonsmithart @chrisvisions

@legendeer  workshop with Allison Smith, Dan Luvisi, and Chris Visions on authoring content and personal voice development.
Jul 8, 2014 / 3 notes

@legendeer workshop with Allison Smith, Dan Luvisi, and Chris Visions on authoring content and personal voice development.

At the Drum Room in KC. With Chris Payne, Brent Watkinson, Jeff Love, George Pratt, and John English. The absolute best.
Jun 25, 2014 / 21 notes

At the Drum Room in KC. With Chris Payne, Brent Watkinson, Jeff Love, George Pratt, and John English. The absolute best.

Remember young artists, #haveyoupaidyourdues?
Jun 24, 2014 / 10 notes

Remember young artists, #haveyoupaidyourdues?

shawnyuillustration:

another preview of an illustration
Jun 15, 2014 / 30 notes

shawnyuillustration:

another preview of an illustration