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Tadpole Galaxy by crazycolleeny Tadpole Galaxy by crazycolleeny
The "top" of the "Tadpole Galaxy" (it has a long tail so that it looks like a tadpole).  I wanted to see if I could paint a realistic galaxy on a larger scale than I have before; I think this one turned out pretty awesome!
10x20" oil painting
Now available in my Etsy store :)
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jabezcrisp Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  New Deviant
These space scenes are amazing!
I'm trying to teach myself to paint space scenes and galaxies at the minute and I'm kinda full-blown sucking at it, and I was wondering how you go about doing yours? 
One of the things I' struggling most with is prepping canvas - for some reason the ones I've re-used come out better, when I've done a thick base-coat it never comes out well. Do you give lots of drying time (or any) or are you able to do it all in a single pass?
Lots of questions but I'm genuinely really interested
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you very much!
I have some timelapses (link goes to Youtube) that might help to show you how I go about painting space scenes (they're not really tutorials, though).

I'd be happy to go over specific questions about how I paint them, but generally my process for space scenes is this:
(1) gesso the canvas with black gesso (typically they're already primed with white, but black is more useful for me for these scenes).  Sometimes I leave some areas white or gesso some areas white if I know that I want them to be very light (such as this galaxy painting).
(2) "sprinkle" on the stars (using white gesso)
(3) Either (a) apply a thin coat of medium to the canvas as-is, then the transparent/semi-transparent paints (like pthalo blue/green, for example), or (b) mix the medium on the palette with the transparent/semi-transparent paints and then putting on the "base coat"/"background" on the canvas that I build up on.
(4) Build up the light using opaque color (white, yellow ochre, etc).
(5) Continue to build up light and add shadows with dark color.
You can see my whole process in this video (to include the gesso and stars, etc), but yes, I generally paint all in one session even if it takes many hours so I don't have to wait (and so I don't get "bored" of a painting).

As for prepping the canvas, I simply gesso the canvas (or use the pre-primed canvases if I need a white canvas, but I use black for space scenes).  I'm not sure what you mean by a thick base coat - a thick base coat of what?  If you mean pure paint so that it all moves smoothly, that's one reason I use medium.  I don't think I've ever painted over a canvas, actually, because I tend to have at least some parts of a painting that have texture/thick paint, so I don't know how I'd paint over that in a way that was useful.  I have painted scenes with gesso and/or acrylics and painted "over" those, but they're not thick so I haven't had a problem with it.  Hmm, tell me if that makes sense or if I'm answering the wrong question haha :)

Yep, I paint in one session generally.  I can still do a lot of building up without having to wait, but of course paintings can take hours so it depends on how much time you're willing to spend on a session.

Sure, ask away; I'm happy to answer questions (but I'm a little slow to respond, so as long as that's okay, ask away :D).  Thanks for your interest in my work; I hope I've answered some questions at least :)


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dimonx1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2018
I love the cosmic atmosphere of this! The details of the galaxy are beautiful!La la la la La la la la 

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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner May 7, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I love the wispy quality of the tadpole galaxy.  I love how the painting turned out too.  Thank you again! :)
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dimonx1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018
You're welcome!:D (Big Grin) 
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Kaleidechse Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're absolutely right - it IS awesome!
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018   Traditional Artist
aw thanks! :D
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Dori1990 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
That's absolutly impressive! *.*
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Galaxies make me a little more nervous than nebulae since I haven't painted as many, so I thought I'd get started with some on a larger scale than my mini-spacescapes :D
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ehssar60 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018
Amazing, that looks real work.
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018   Traditional Artist
thank you very much! :D
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RCAmbriz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is beautiful!Meh First EMO 
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017   Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks! :D
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RCAmbriz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!Pink Rose 
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GRINCOLOUR Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
yeah it's awesome
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017   Traditional Artist
:D thanks! :D
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GRINCOLOUR Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
welcome
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Gilthorpe Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's amazing! O:
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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arrog Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
Awesome.  Really good work.
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crazycolleeny Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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