View Full Version : Any video game nerds out there? (WIP Zelda Oil Painting)

10-08-2012, 06:38 PM
First off, I apologize for the extremely terrible quality of this pictures. But I only have my computer webcam available to me at the moment, and I wanted to post some pictures of my current project. I'll write up the process for each as well and you can feel free to give any kind of criticism or tips on how to improve or different methods you suggest.

(Ref. photo at bottom)

First, I opened my ref. photo in photoshop and resized it to the size of my canvas. Then I put a 1"x1" grid layer on it. I drew out the same size grid on my canvas, and actually sprayed it first with hairspray so I didn't have to worry about erasing my grid as I was drawing. Then of course I drew out the picture accordingly.

I put another layer of hairspray over that, and then used watered down acrylic paint to prime the background. (Apparently not many people prime like this. I learned this from my mother. Blue sets objects toward the back, yellow in the middle, and red up front.) The reason why I used acrylic and not oil for this step is because I wasn't very interested in waiting weeks for it to dry before I was able to start working.

Then I got started on actually painting. What I've done so far is just a layer of many, so it's pretty basic and it doesn't have much depth at all to it in the background. I'm not too fond of the brand of oil paints I have. (Daler Rowney) I find them to be too thin even without thinner, and it makes blending more difficult than I'm use to. Ah well. Might as well use them up so I can find another brand that I like way more. I hope I'm able to manipulate what I have good enough to produce a decent painting.


10-08-2012, 08:52 PM
So this will be a direct copy of the poster?
Well you have a good reference so it should help.

10-08-2012, 10:35 PM
Wow Shealyn, you have certainly gone to a lot of trouble already! I am inspired by the amount of preparation you have done! I should learn from this, I am very impatient and just want to get down to the painting, to my demise sometimes! I think so far you have done a fine job and although it is going to be a copy of the original, I am hoping it will also show some of your own style coming through. I am interested to see this develop, please keep posting as you have and we can watch it change and grow. Your mum sounds like a clever artist! Keep us posted Shealyn and if we can help with anything we will try! Cheers =)) Debs.

Erica Shipley
10-08-2012, 11:43 PM
I am a gamer! Played the originals of Zelda even! Now i play more pc games though.

I really like your style and how your progressing. I think its well done so far and look forward to seeing the next steps!

10-08-2012, 11:52 PM
Thank you so much! I do plan on adding my own touch to this. As it's difficult to create solid lines between colors as it is in the photo, I want to make it a bit more realistic and shaded, but still keep the video game look. Can't wait to keep working on it! Definitely will keep updating on it.

10-09-2012, 12:16 AM
SE that is because the Poster was etched or lithographed.
There are water proof ink pens available for doing the line work