Hello Everyone and Welcome to:
Acrylics Classroom: Engraved Wall Illusion
Learning How To Do The Bevel
I might not be on tomorrow when this is supposed to be posted so I decided to put it today, I am just going to show you what effect were after and then the supplies I use to to get this effect ahead of tomorrow so you can all be ready for tomorrows class.
Iím not quite sure what got me started on doing these beveled engraved walls, but I find them a lot of fun to do.
Thank you all who decided to join this class.
I do train at work at times, but do not consider myself a teacher (and have never taught art at all)
So please be patient, and if I do not explain something clear enough that you need more explanations feel free to ask away.
Stages for the Class (the overall rundown)
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a
Iím not a fan of Picasso so much but I love that saying.
On that note lets begin with the explanation and stages I use.
The first stage is to get the under paint down. I do this in stages.
1: draw the outline in paint with very dark paint (the stages I do cover a lot of it and they can disappear)
2: Sponging the background.
This part is where you can become a child and just have fun and get all messy.
I choose dark colors to sponge the background because later on I lighten them up with clear tinted glazes later on. (The only problem is sponging goes by so quick the real fun part doesnít last as long.
3: After sponging and having fun with that, we can have fun with splattering with a toothbrush.
This part too you can become a child and have some fun (although it can make your wrist sore doing it to much lol)
4: Tinting the different colors with a glaze
If it is 2 tone or however many tones you have in this, this is the time to glaze the different colors.
5: From here on in we can jump through all the technique depending on what you want.
Usually I do another splatter with the toothbrush at this point.
I sometimes use soap bubbles at this point also.
At this point I also add some marble looking lines
Then started glazing over highlights and shadows now.
6: If the glazing covers to much I go back and splatter some more and soap bubbles and more marble
Then another coat of glaze.
7: Next itís time to create the 3d bevel look
Glazing highlights and shadows to create that bevel appearance.
8: I keep building this glazing up until I get the way I like it, if the marble lines fade away too much I add more then always glaze over top.
9: Once Iím happy with this and it looks 3d and beveled, then I add cracks in the wall with itís shadows and highlights.
10: if it seems way to smooth, I add abit more splatter with the toothbrush again at this point.
And voila itís done.
I made a image in Photoshop to give an idea what kind of effect were after here (well hopefully all ours will be better) but it shows the light and shadows needed to create a bevel look (which gives it a 3d look)
In this quick example, you can see the direction of the light travels from the top right corner to the bottom left corner.
Anything that sticks out of the wall is highlighted on the top and right side and the shadow is on the left and bottom sides.
The opposite holds true if it is engraved into the wall instead, the bottom and left sides get the highlight and the top and right sides get the shadows.
If we can get these two down, we will have no issues creating and 3d engraved wall illusion.
If your making your own design up, the main thing you have to remember is ďWhere is the light direction is coming from? That will determine your highlights and shadows in the bevel.
Ok that was a quick walkthrough how itís done. Next its time to get down and dirty and have some fun.
Iíll add a photo of the tools I use first.
the supplies are: sponge, dish soap, clear medium, retarder (for keeping it wet longer) two different size toothbrushes (although I use the small one 99% of the time) various brushes, one long skinny one for matrble lines, the rest are basically for glazing and details.
Next will be the outline I decided to use for mine (feel free to use it or make up one on your own).
I wrecked my brain out all week trying to come up with an idea that would fit this class, and finally decided to keep it as simple as possible. So I am doing the butterfly just to show you, it's up to you to decide what you want to do, if you want to use this one your welcome to or make up your own, just remember for light and shadow if you are using a ref pic for something in the foreground, the direction of light has to be the exact same for the engraved wall also.
Here is the outline to get you all started.
This will be on arches 140lbs
As you can see I start of with a very simple cartoon sketch just outlining the design I'm after, and yes it is very dark, as you'll see soon it all depends on how many layers of paint is going over top of it, the last painting I did I had to redo the lines 3 times because so much went over top that I lost them, so this time I painted them with a 50/50 mixture of paynes grey and burnt umber.
So just in case I'm not here torrow you have a start
I already have the images for the sponging taken but I'll wait to see if there is any question so far or if anyone wants to upload their outlines first.
Then we'll all do the sponging