pointed acrylics

aesthetics for the signs

aries: red lipstick; bonfires; laughter; crop tops
taurus: cozy living rooms; all-you-can-eat buffets; sneakers; long nails
gemini: messy buns; sunsets; long drives with the windows open; flowy tops
cancer: cooking shows; cozy sweatpants; waking up early to watch the sunrise; fireplaces
leo: long hair; amusement parks; matte lipstick; glitter
virgo: storms on the beach; knee high socks; libraries; round glasses
libra: cotton candy; statues of angels; pastel pink; big hoodies
scorpio: night drives; vantablack; pointed acrylics; halloween parties
sagittarius: flower fields; summer dresses; brightly lit cafes; beanbag pillows
capricorn: peaceful nights in; deciduous forests; quiet get-togethers; wine
aquarius: skinny jeans; pixie cuts; ice cream palaces; many friends crammed in a small car
pisces: pastels; bath bombs; quiet rainy days; sushi

I’m having a sketch day, so I won’t really have any new images worth uploading for a couple days. Instead, I wanted to share the older piece of mine that is my biggest inspiration for my current body of work that I am creating for Antler Gallery:

“Coragyps atratus”, 2015, Ball point pen, Ink pencils, Acrylic ink, Marker, Colored pencil, Graphite, and Gel pen on Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper, 18 ¼ x 24in. sold.

This piece was my favorite from my first solo show. It was at the amazing, but sadly no longer around, Roq La Rue Gallery.


I’m still in my planning phase for future work, so I’ve been looking back at older work a lot lately. This is yet another piece I wish to draw more from.

“Phalacrocorax auritus”, 2015, Ball point pen, Ink pencils, Acrylic ink, Marker, Colored pencil, Graphite, and Gel pen on Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper, 18 ¼ x 24in, framed: 22 ¼ in x  28 in. sold.

I have been more active on my instagram than anything else lately, so if you are interested in seeing more frequent posts, or posts dealing with my process, please follow me on there! @laurenmarxart all lower case. <3

Since I am having to take a couple days off from my new projects, I figured I could post one of my older ones from 2015 from my series “American Wilderness”, which was my first solo show of my career at Roq La Rue Gallery:

“Vulpes vulpes”, 2015, Ball point pen, Ink pencils, Acrylic ink, Marker, Colored pencil, Graphite, and Gel pen  on Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper, 18 ¼ inches by 24 inches (22 inches by 28 inches framed in custom black frame)

Available for purchase at www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenMarxArt

@shasoviorlashovahkaismontyr replied to your photo post:

Wow dude those look incredible, how do you do your bases they look great?


My usual basing method across my Eldar armies (and my 30k Ultramarines, and likely any Primaris Ultramarines I pick up) is as follows:

  1. Add any features you’re going to add  (cork rocks, greenstuff details, body parts lying strewn about), glue them on there, prime them along with the rest of the base or the model if you’re painting the model already standing on the base.
  2. While you’re painting the model, or after it’s done, paint the whole base with Rhinox Hide, and paint the features completely (shades, highlighting, completely). The model should be DONE save the basing at this point.
  3. Schmear on some acrylic texture mud on the flat areas: Stirland Mud from GW works well but I prefer Vallejo’s ‘Thick Russian Mud’ for the price by volume. Give it a couple hours to dry. Play a video game. 
  4. Once that dries, drybrush it with a light tan to ivory color. I go back and forth between Zandri Dust and Ushabti Bone; can’t really decide which is better.
  5. Add 2-3 little pools of PVA glue (covering no more than half the base, preferably about half the area WITHOUT features), then flock them with static grass. Let the grass dry a couple hours. Watch a movie.
  6. Mix up some snow- I like Woodland Scenics ‘soft flake snow’; you mix it with PVA glue and pop it straight on where you want it- and add it to a little less of the base than you added grass to. Put some on the ‘dirt’, some on the ‘grass, leaving some of both showing. Usually avoid any features you’ve got on there so they can kinda pop out of the snow.
  7. Let the snow dry for a couple hours. Twiddle your thumbs. Now that the model’s painted and based, it’s ready for matte varnish. Which also locks the snow on there. 
  8. Model is ready for play and/or display once the varnish dries.

It seems like a lot but it goes reasonably fast if you do several models at once. I often wait until I have 10-20 models ready to be based before I pull out the acrylic mud. And I like to have excuses to reward myself for finishing a unit, so all those 2+ hour breaks for waiting for things to dry are ideal for treating yo’ self to a movie, or a nap, or whatever you like.

Happy Painting!