View Full Version : First time acrylic - Kikko

09-04-2007, 09:02 AM
Hello all,
This is my first time using acrylic; I'm usually a charcoal user!
As you can see, I still have a difficult time staying away from my
traditional black & white! :) (I think that's why I chose this subject.)
This pup was very wiry, and I had a hard time keeping him still for his sitting. But he seemed to "grin", and I wanted to capture his lively personality. It's on 8x10 canvas board.
Any helpful hints and c&c's would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to continue practicing with acrylics, but I know I have a long way to go!

Thanks for your help!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Sep-2007/86677-Kikko_5Finalreszd.jpg

09-04-2007, 10:42 AM
This is beautifully done, and yes, you can see the Charcoal effect. You have done a great job thought. Keep at it and the use of color will come. And you will love it. Jan

09-04-2007, 11:04 AM
You've captured the dog's expression well. The tongue looks like it's really sticking out...almost 3D.

09-04-2007, 11:20 AM
He is adorable. Well done

09-04-2007, 01:24 PM
Good work, and definitely has personality.

09-04-2007, 01:29 PM
Jan, thank you! I don't really know what I'm doing yet, but color TERRIFIES me right now!! :) Hopefully, it will eventually come to me!

Linee, thanks! He was a spirited little guy and keeping him still was a task! That tongue was always hanging out of his mouth!!

Surfroney, thank you so much for your comment! I do hope he looks somewhat "real". My eyes "see" things a certain way, but I'm never sure how others "see" my work. I don't want him to appear "cartoon-ish".

LavenderFrost, I appreciate you viewing and commenting! His playful personality was definitely his strong trait!

09-04-2007, 03:52 PM
well he's certainly not cartoonish, your talent is apparent even in this first use of a medium.

09-04-2007, 04:49 PM
Definitely not cartoonish. The mouth area especially is quite realistic almost like a fine drawing. It could be a product of the camera but the highlight in his right eye appears overly bright to me. You did a good job on this especially since you are use to working with acrylics. :)

09-04-2007, 07:50 PM
Wonderful animal portrait. You certainly know what you are doing, with any medium, it seems. No need to rush to color. Once you are comfortable with the paint, you can add one color here, another there and proceed wherever you want to go. It's a breeze. You live with color every day. What's not to know?

09-04-2007, 08:37 PM
Dreamz, thank you! I hope to keep trying! (ps...I peeked into your webshots and I LOVE your style!)

Ann, thank you for your comments! The pup's left eye (faces right in photo) is a very pale blue and the right is brown. I tried to keep the difference subtle without using color. I also had to use a very thin brush to pull his teeth up into points. I'm not sure if the technique is correct, but it seemed to do the trick!

Paulafv, thanks so much! I might try to introduce color into another attempt in acrylic. I see such beautiful work in this forum and I tend to get a bit intimidated!

09-09-2007, 12:33 AM
One way you might get used to color is by choosing a limited palette for a painting. For example, you could use titanium white, mars (or ivory) black, and cobalt blue, then use the black and white to change the intensity and hue of the blue. Overall, you would end up with a "blue" painting instead of a "black" one. I'm sorry, I don't feel like I'm using the right words to explain this. Did you ever use charcoal and "white charcoal" on a colored background?

Aaaanyway, after that, add just one more color, maybe cadmium yellow . . . and build up from there.

. <-- Grain of salt. Take as needed with above advice.