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Sat, Sep. 4th, 2010, 07:08 pm
Seal painting

About a year and a half ago, I took a painting class up at the local college. I had heard it was an oil painting class. So before the class began, I went to an art supply store and bought some basic oil painting supplies of the super cheap sort.

The class ended up in a different room than in previous years and the new room had less ventilation than the last. As a result, it became an acrylics class.

After my experiences with the class, I decided I wasn't a big fan of acrylics as they were too hard to mix.

A few months ago, I thought I might try some oil painting since I still had some supplies. I started a painting and would work on it off and on when inspiration struck. I've decided I'm now done with it and don't want to work on it anymore. Here it is:


I'm not totally delighted with the painting but I like oil paints way better than acrylics. They take a long time to dry but that's fine for someone lazy like me as it gives me an excuse not to paint all the time. Since it was a pleasant experience, I have purchased some higher quality paint and brushes. Now I have to use them so they don't go to waste.

Sun, Sep. 5th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)

Oh wow, I saw the thumbnail for that on Facebook and thought it was a photo. Nice work!

Sun, Sep. 5th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)

Thanks. Right before I uploaded this, I compared it to the photo it was based on and noticed a bunch of the features had drifted quite a bit :(

Luckily it still reads as a seal and the colors and darkness values came out as I wanted them. And the snot came out well - I'm proud of that.

Sun, Sep. 5th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)

Good snot is definitely something to be proud of.

Sun, Sep. 5th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)

Nice painting! I especially like the mottled skin details.

I've always thought painting with acrylics was like painting with bad plastic oils. Not to mention, I couldn't get the depth of layers with acrylics, even with using mediums to help out. Oil is one of the most forgiving of paints because the drying time and workability of layers. You could use speed drying mediums to dry the oils faster.

Sun, Sep. 5th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)


Acrylics seem to me to be the vector-art of the painting world - fine if you don't have to blend anything.

I still have a lot to experiment with oils. I've seen some great layering effects described on the internet but right now I'm just trying to get comfortable with the basics.

Mon, Sep. 6th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)

That is pretty cool! I first saw it through my iTouch and thought it was a photo: "That's nice. But where is this 'painting' she mentioned in the subject line. . . ?" :)

Mon, Sep. 6th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)

Thanks. I'm trying my best for realism until I get confident enough with the process of painting that I can do stuff from my head for fun.