View Full Version : Inner Visions... /or/ Artist Oils & Acrylics... a nice marriage?

01-14-2006, 02:44 PM
Meet Phillip Pickering "Grasshopper", the guitar player from the reggae band "Inner Visions (http://digitaldudes.com/bio.htm)"
This reference photo was taken by Chris Darling at the Salt Water Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine... Summer of 2005.


This portrait is the result of an experiment by which I paired the combination of Artist Oil & Acrylic brushes. If you haven't experimented witht he acrylic's category of brushes in Painter, it's a worth while exploration.


I've included this close-up to give you a better idea of how that combination of brushes impact the portrait...


01-14-2006, 03:04 PM
I like it, I commented on it in the portraiture forum.

01-14-2006, 03:11 PM
Nice one Joel! I have been using the Acrylic dry brush a lot in combination with other brushes set the resat to 0 and it becomes a neat blender as well, particularly when you want some brush hair tracks and changing feature setting will change this effect as well.

01-14-2006, 04:12 PM
nicely done from the photo. I'm imagining a collage or music words faded in the background, some thing I guess to tell more of a story. Rendering is wonderful as usual!

01-14-2006, 04:17 PM
Love the colours in this one Joel :clap: but not sure about the beard on the right side under cheek

01-14-2006, 04:32 PM
SWEET!, gonna go try those brushes now.

Did you use impasto, or are those strokes that look impastoish, actually acrylic? Im tlooking at the nose, i think i see impasto on the beard.

01-14-2006, 07:25 PM
:wave: :wave: :wave:

The colours are perfect its a great painting as always:clap:

01-14-2006, 07:57 PM
Hey, thanks folks!:) Edie, yes, I see we're on the same train... acrylics are great!

Frank, I just know you'll get a kick out of the combo. I used impasto for both brush categories. I started with the Artist Oils... and finished with the Acrylics. I would love to see how you treat them!

Thanks everybody!:)

01-14-2006, 08:03 PM
LOVE IT!! You've really managed to give it a sense of the blues.

01-14-2006, 10:25 PM
Those brushes compliment each other.

01-14-2006, 11:06 PM
Great portrait Joel. This is my favorite of the last few you have posted! I would like to see the curls in his hair though.

I have used the acrylic brushes for a long time now and in particular the dry brush. It's one of my favorites.

01-14-2006, 11:48 PM
Joel, the combination looks good. I have worked in acrylics and I like them very much. Love the colors in the skin, specially the reds. And the glasses are my fav. Awesome portrait.

01-14-2006, 11:58 PM
Thanks alot ya'll! Sher, I know I came up short on the hair... this started as an experiment, it wasn't supposed to go this far. I could have easily spent another 2hrs on the details, but I let it go.;) Maria, glad you like the glasses... those were the most fun!:) Kristen, I'm glad you mentioned the blue... it was my intention to push the blue as far as I could. Janet, thanks... I saw that you mentioned the bottom lip being to bright in the other thread... after a while I just played around and didn't really pay much attention to the ref.

Shan Khurram
01-15-2006, 12:30 PM
Master, your use of different brushes seems gorgeous.:clap: :clap:

01-15-2006, 01:25 PM
Exceptional image! I like the crop you zeroed in on the est part of the picture and rendered it wonderfully. I too will try the acrylics with oils soon!

01-15-2006, 04:59 PM
Coop I love the way you grab the subject and put it into a different/flattering background. :clap:

01-16-2006, 01:02 PM
I really like this one...sunglasses were great.........did you send it to him?

01-16-2006, 04:11 PM
Great work, as usual. I really like the texture of the beard. Bring on the pans, we be jammin'! :D


01-16-2006, 04:16 PM
joel, wonderful portrait, i like how you surrounded him with the 'blues'.

01-16-2006, 04:35 PM
Thanks my friends... Sure is nice to be in your creative company.:)