This background was a royal pain in the butt.
I ended up painting to paint it twice because the first version was an absolute disaster. Colour is absolutely not my strong point, so after the first try I decided to go back painting the whole thing with just black, white and brown before slowly adding any bright colours.
The sad thing is the one bellow I’d already been working on for four/five days solid till I realized that it wasn’t going anywhere, then once I’d painted over it the new version only took a day to paint. Guess my lesson is if it’s not working by the second day it’s time to re-think the painting/drawing.
What I used:
- Large Canvas
- Acrylic Paints
- Air Brush
- Liquid Acrylic Paints (for airbrush)
- Wall Painting Brushes
- Stiwex Silk Tip Sash Brush
- Thin Paint brushes
Two books I should mention here because they’re really helping me improve are two books from James Guerney, “Imaginative Realism” and “Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter”.
The second book in particular was a HUGE help!
I will do a blog post or a video at some point on the books that have and are helping me push myself to improve at some point, but for the moment I will just highly recommend these two!
And if you want to see the whole process from beginning to end here is the video:
Not too sure of what to do with these paintings when I’ve finished them though. I was originally going to use the same canvas again and again and just paint over it but I got quite attached to this one once I’d finished it (which is a first because normally I hate any new work I’ve done within a few minutes of finishing it).
I’ve hung this one over my bed for the moment, but with the future backgrounds I’m painting I’m going to see if there is some way to sell them, I was thinking of using e-bay as that way people pay what it’s worth to them only.
But I have no idea how to package something like this so I don’t know…either way it’s going to be roughly a month and a half till my next “big” tutorial is planned so I have plenty of time to think about it.