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The Guardians by chvacher The Guardians by chvacher
Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30 inches.
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coalesceny Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Terrific scale in this piece!
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chvacher Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Lpcaix Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Floating rocks are a common fantasy theme. But the way you painted it is truly outstanding, congratulations :)
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chvacher Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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ChiliSipsi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! I remember seeing this in an artbook made by Finlay Cowan.
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Flinxerone Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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chvacher Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Outstanding work :clap:
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mspiper2004 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking at this painting, I think of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman series Dragon Lance Chronicles...makes me wonder what the story is about behind these Guardians...? Nice work. Enjoy the softness of the clouds (although there is a storm brewing) against the texture of the stone!
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chvacher Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Well, as a matter of fact, I did the cover for Dragon Lance, The annotated Legends, that was published a few years ago.
The story behind "The Guardians" would be too long to tell, but let's just say it is part of a personal project that I might eventually do some day.
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Ilnezaro Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
mm) it's charmed me)
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Catwagons Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am amazed at the warmth and depth you have achieved with acrylic, this is gorgeous! I am sure the photo doesn't do the real one justice.
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KatieRuckerArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
How did you achieve this with ACRYLIC?! This is amazing work!
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BadChibiArtist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like a picture out o a stor starter book. It's a book with peculiar pictures in it, with only one sentence as a caption to jog your imagination. Writers like me like to write a short story starting with that sentence. I immediately thought of them when I saw this, this is awesome!
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Glowe94 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've seen this before, in a book i own... interesting.
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davidkawena Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
One of my all time favourites!
Had it hung up on my walls for inspiration when I studied animation at the university a few years back...
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Hello-Pillow Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Incredible work o.o
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Hi :iconchvacher:.

I wa wondering if you could tell me a bit more about how to use acrylic? Right now I am experimenting with watering down the paint and thickening it up as I go along but is there more to it than that? I used to use acrylics just really thick all the time and was wondering is that the norm or are there various techniques you have to learn to achieve the results you have here?

Sorry for throwing this at you at once but I love acrylics and watercolours and wish to know more about them.
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chvacher Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I wish I could explain shortly all there is to know about acrylics, but there is no short way to do it. And eventually, it is not about acrylics or oils. All principles of color are the same, whether it is acrylics, oils, watercolor, ink or even photography.
Focus on how light works in black and white first, then how warm and cool colors affect light in real life.
Maybe some day I will sit down and spend some time on writing a book about it. But there are some good books already out there on the matter.
Everything James Gurney has written, or traditional painters like Richard Schmid are priceless sources of information.
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Ok thank you for the info and I have checked out the guys you suggested and it was quite useful.
I am sort of up to speed with how light works but the thing that gets me with acrylics is how to blend them together and also how to make different textures like the ones you have in your paintings. Is it simply a matter of different brush strokes or is there more to it?
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chvacher Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Texture is always a matter of brush strokes. As far as blending colors together, you can do it either by blending the paint while still wet (which requires that you get as close as possible to the color you want, because there is no second chance) or to wait for the paint to dry and use glazing. Also, if you have a good knowledge of light, color temperature and saturation, you can block in your painting with large and medium brushes first, juxtaposing all the brushstrokes, then add a bit of texture and details on top.
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
ok thanks for the info it was good. I have looked on YouTube for glazing tutorials and ones on brush strokes and will continue to do so but are there any books that you recommend to me in the meantime?
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chvacher Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Here are a couple:
-Color and Light, by James Gurney
-Imaginative realism, by James Gurney
-Alla Prima, by Richard Schmid
-Oil painting secrets from a Master, by Linda Cateura.
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Thank you so much. I bought the Color and Light one by James Gurney and it will be here tomorrow. I tried the glazing technique today with some acrylic medium and it worked pretty well and am experimenting with different brushes.

Thank you for all your advice and it has been a pleasure talking with you.

Best of luck for the future.


Peter
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taruhead Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
the detail in this is godlike, mang
some one give this a daily deviation already.
in fact, give your whole gallery a dd.
you are beyond any complimentary word in my vocabulary.
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Son-of-Incogneato Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome and beautiful. I was glad to read thet it is traditional art.
The colors are breathtaking.
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
A lovely piece. Wonderful job.
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JDB-Inks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beyond Incredible.
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Thunder-Red Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is one of the most beautiful traditionally done paintings i've ever seen. Instafav
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DavidSimpson2112 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
This is a gorgeous work
Reminds me of a lot of romanticism period paintings.
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Taka67 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
:o
I think I saw a showing of your work in a gallery in Mission Viejo CA 10 years or so ago. Wonderful pieces.
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legrosclown Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey!

I've seen this piece in a book about creating comic books!!!!

So nice!!!!!
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katjuscha-kae Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just amazing. *stares in wonder*
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LhomePereta Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing painting!! I remember saw it in a "how to paint..." book I bought time ago. :clap: x100
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember this painting - and am still in love with it :)
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aeryael Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Dammit man you're too amazing.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is amazing, I wish I could pick your brain for days about how you approach something like this
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mcwilliams13 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
thats insane , still haven't figured out on how to paint landscape " something without a solid outline " lol
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RobShields Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
great color and composition also the wind is a really nice touch
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