Mmm I dont think there is much use in saying much about my technique / process. I have a specific taste that I am pursuing. In such a way I’m using any and no technique to get my results. I did a small tutorial on drawing which is an exercise I do everyday.

Attached are a few colorplates. These are what I do to both practice color and also texture. Digital is an infinitely flexible medium and the only way to realize its capabilities is to try everything. They are all in similar value ranges so I can mixmatch “textureplates” within different paintings to imply different materials. I started thinking of textureplates after seeing a small tutorial by @theonides (link) where you see him recycling old paintings to get a “start” the difference is that I make these paintings specifically to turn into bases for paintings. Therefore I am much more free to just explore “arrangements”. Sometimes the rorschach idea comes in handy and I just “see a piece” but more often I do a sketch for a piece then do a texture plate that has the “mood” I’m after. And abstractly play with it’s arrangement before commiting to more detail. The textureplate is then saved on it’s own high-res jpeg file (I have a bit more than a hundred texture/color-plates now) to be used for drag-and-drop starts later.

How do I make my textureplates? Well the fun in them is that they are done while exploring different tools and techniques. Because they are abstract in nature they don’t have to “be” anything. Try color dodge, sharpening at 100% (for super noise), the clone stamp tool (a tool which @tomscholes uses a lot) Try anything! Try those tools you’d never use in any other place make completely broken pictures. 

I don’t want to deprive you that pleasure of discovery!
So sit down and work with it in an honest and true way and don’t go for a certain “goal” take the pieces you already have and play :)


My latest Oil Painting Demo!!! Come see the original painting at Sarasota Oddity Tattoo this Saturday!

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Obnoxiously High Res Photos. “Wonderboy WIP” 22 x 42 in

Here’s a 7 hour work in progress of an Oil painting I made Saturday night.. Better believe I’ll be posting a high res demo once I finally finish.


vanthe  asked:

I really love your work! I'm starting to include oils as a frequent medium for my art, and I was wondering how you handled brush cleaning and paint/turp fumes.

Hey there!

Oil is going to be a lot of fun as you move further into your practice with it.. One of the biggest issues with early painters is their lack of understanding on how to care for their brushes - while also being safe from the toxicity of these materials. If your not careful, you could ruin your first set of brushes - making the rest of their life a pain in the butt to use. Consequently this will be a huge distraction from the already intense act of painting.

It is possible to have perfectly fresh brushes every time you sit down to paint, the downside, you’ve gotta clean the hell out of them!

When painting in oil, I would suggest a not toxic alternative to turpentine. I use GAMSOL, or ODORLESS MINERAL SPIRITS. Do Not Swish Your Brush In The Cup Of Gamsol! Swishing your brush around the Gamsol to clean it will only dirty the Gamsol, turning every future mixture of paint into the color of that nasty cup of muck. Eww. Instead, with a heavy cloth in one hand, simply dip your brush into clean Gamsol, pull it out and squeeze dry with the cloth. Doing this multiple times will keep your cup clean, and your brush clean - this is a great way to save cash on expensive cans of Gamsol, rather than pouring down the drain. (Don’t do that either). 

Saving Gamsol:
As your cup of Gamsol becomes a little dirty over time, you can set it aside while all of the paint settles to the bottom. Grab a new cup and pour the old Gamsol it in. You’ll notice that all of the paint has fallen to the bottom of your old cup - you can wipe it out now with a few paper towels without having to pour the dirty Gamsol somewhere. (I have no idea where a safe place to empty dirty Gamsol would be, so be careful)

After your’e done with the painting, it’s time to clean the brushes for your next session. Repeat the whole dipping in Gamsol thing, getting most all of the paint off the brush. At this point, I’d suggest using a soap called “THE MASTERS BRUSH CLEANER”. Gently scrub and squeeze out all pigment left in the brush (all the way down the very center, to ensure a perfectly fresh brush). At this point, I would reshape your brush tip and let dry.

It’s possible to revive old, stiff, dry brushes.If you’ve lost a brush to the dark side - I’d suggest going out and buying the heavy duty stuff. Get the highly poisonous !TURPENTINE!. Leave your brushes outside in a cup of this scary stuff for a few days, then go at them with our “Masters Brush Cleaner Soap” a few times to try and bring the brush back to life.

Happy Painting!

<3 Theo