Acrylic painting beginning

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Art
Acrylic painting beginning

As I’ve said before, the Queen paintings are going to be actual, physical paintings. I’m working in acrylic since that’s the easiest medium (besides watercolor) for what I can do in my space. And by space I mean a corner in my bedroom.

It’s been awhile since I’ve painted figures in acrylic. (Have I ever? I’m confused.) Trying to mix accurate skin tones is a bit of trial and error. The dry time is a hurdle. After a few hours of painting I found that it wasn’t going too well. I ended up doing a pass of colored pencils. That gave me a little more control of where I was putting color. I was also able to adjust the colors to be closer to the digital painting.

The process:

First, I transferred the sketch onto the canvas board with transfer paper. I sealed the drawing with spray fixative and a layer of clear gesso because the fixative makes the surface shiny and smooth.

The third image above is where I’m at with the first painting. There’s still a lot of work to be done on the skin. Then the hair and background are the last steps.