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Skull 50 (50Skulls) by crazycolleeny Skull 50 (50Skulls) by crazycolleeny
Better late than never, right? I finally decided that the skull painting I had originally intended to do was driving me crazy because I wasn't sure how to go about some things (plus I felt guilty about not finishing my project!), so I just did something that would be fun for my last one. Here it is, the 50th skull, a 12x36" fun space-y piece.
The timelapse video is here and further info on the piece and the project can be found on my website :) (Smile)
Now available in my Etsy store :)
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner May 7, 2018   Traditional Artist
O.O Thank you very much!!! :D
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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018   General Artist
This looks beautiful, what I loke most are those subtle transitions between the colors, and hot it looks quite "misty", and those details, creating "strands of mist". Thanks for sharing that process video :)
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018   Traditional Artist
Ah, for the same "misty" effect with these kinds of paintings, I paint the background (with acrylic black gesso and then stars with white gesso), then put "transparent" paint on the canvas (or "semi-transparent") as well as painting medium to provide an oil base, then add a small amount of lighter-colored opaque paint to a soft brush and blend with the paint on the canvas (colors that tend to be opaque that I use are white, some yellows, some reds, or colors mixed with those, etc).  I could use any colors, really, but I do it this way to allow some of the stars to still be visible "behind" the misty parts (then I can add some on top, as well) so I have added depth without having to add a ton of stars afterwards in just the right shades.  Plus, the more opaque color you use, the further it brings those sections "forwards" (and transparent sections "backwards") so you have depth in the "cloud" as well.  For acrylics I'm guessing you'd have to be careful about your water use so you can blend like you would with oils, but I haven't tested this out - I like being able to work with the wet paint before it dries too much, and I know that's tough with acrylics.
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018   General Artist
Thank you very much for the detailed how-you-do-it, and why/what's the result of the steps :).
I personally still have to get used to "wet-in-wet" techniques, especially for details. Before recently, I was mainly used to dry media, like pencils and fineliners, and some watercolor - though I never liked very wet watercolor-paintings.
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018   Traditional Artist
I know what you mean - I have a hard time with very wet watercolors as well, and I remember I had similar problems with acrylics that were "too wet" - they'd just get very drippy.  I know there are acrylic mediums that slow down the drying process, but that's the extent of what I know.  Oils have a "wet" quality without being "watercolor-wet" - they still stick to the canvas without dripping.  I *did* have a few early on where I used too much medium and then let them sit upright instead of flat... whoops, they developed drips :( - but I've since learned to be careful about not using too much medium (and none at all if I can), and make sure they sit flat for a while just in case.  I'm guessing that wouldn't be a problem with acrylics, though - or maybe you'd have to paint acrylics flat if you're making them more "wet"?  I'm not sure.  I mostly liked pencil/ charcoal/ pen/ etc drawing before I really got into oil painting, too.  If you haven't tried oil painting, I'd definitely suggest getting one of those small cheap oil paint sets and play around with it, and/or following along with a "Bob Ross" tutorial (or something like that).  It's definitely fun, but since you know about acrylics, perhaps by playing with oils, you'd figure out more about how to achieve the same effects in acrylic than my best guesses ;)  Sorry for rambling so much but I do like talking about painting :D
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018   General Artist
Phew - dripping paint is not really intended, at least for me - there are artworks where it is meant to drip :D.
That retarder, slowing the drying process, does not get the color drippier, it stays as "smooth" as it is. I just think it does not work well on paper - I tried some Acrylics on paper today (trying to create some mist ;)), and it dried extremely fast. But I will try it out on canvas again :).

About painting flat - well, I tend to always paint flat ^^. I think I took that over from pencil-drawing, and yet I don't work on very big canvases, so... I still have a good overview and "handling" there :)

Oh - I have a (rather old) set of cheap oil paints here! I tried them out once, several years ago - I did somewhat like them, but that drying thing confused me, so... I did want to try them out more again, but at the moment I'm somewhat "obsessed" with getting things well with Acrylics ^^.
And - I don't know how to "digitalize" oil paintings well. I can scan Acrylics (I took care to buy matte Acrylic paints), but oil color would reflect too much I think. Well - I'll see :).

Hey - don't worry :). I like talking, especially about drawing/painting, too ;)
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018   Traditional Artist
Hm, I see.  I'll have to try that out if I ever try out acrylics again.

I like painting "up" so I can keep better posture - getting a backache is my biggest problem with painting flat (which I still do sometimes).

I do have problems occasionally with the wet oil paints reflecting too much light, but usually they're better in a day or two for pictures.

:D
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018   General Artist
Ugh, I know those backaches... I tend to get some of them, too, when drawing - though that also applies to computer work and homeworks (which are "writing flat").
And - I think the probability of getting them is higher when I'm tired, actually.
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Ana-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful! The shade of blue and purple and the way they make a sort of "smoke" following the movement of the skull is just breathtaking. It's fantastic, it has a touch of Lovecraft (for me), but while being just so gorgeous...
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017   Traditional Artist
I am a fan of the Lovecraftian ;)  Thanks very much!
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Ana-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Believe me, it is amazing
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arrog Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
Fine work.  Very cool.
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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HuliDrawings Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017   Traditional Artist
Congrats for finishing the project!La la la la  I'm sure that you learned a lot from it. It was inspiring to follow. :happybounce: I have been thinking trying out some long challenge. I couldn't finish all inktober pieces because I didn't have time every day. 
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yayyyy finally I don't have to stress about it and can call it done! :D
I know what you mean, it's hard to complete things when it feels like there's never enough time!  I learned a little about time management but I could definitely do better.  I probably should have started with something like paint every OTHER day so I had a little more leeway, but that's what I'm sticking to now, so maybe the push to paint every day for 50 days was what I needed to get there?  I don't know haha!  On a serious note, definitely good luck setting a goal like that for yourself.  Sometimes it's hard to push the world out of the way for a little bit every day to get your own goals accomplished, I know!
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emperorbutch Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
I told you it would be worth the wait.....
The whole project...... excellent.... 😊
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017   Traditional Artist
aw thank you very much :)
I'm relieved it's over and I can think about new things without feeling guilty ;)
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RCAmbriz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooooow! This is fabulous!Panda Emoji-01 (Clapping) [V1] 
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017   Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you very much! :)
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RCAmbriz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!Pixel Rose 
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