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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.