Thursday, January 15, 2009
Lately, I've been feeling the limitations of my standard mediums (watercolor and colored pencil). They're extremely labor-intensive and tend not to give me the richness of color for which I'm looking. So, in an effort to broaden my toolbox and hopefully increase my capabilities, I picked up some acrylics.
Unfortunately, I've already run into the limitations of those as well. Granted, I never actually learned to use acrylics, so I could be missing some pretty critical information here, but overall I've found them to be lacking in what I need. They dry insanely fast (five minutes or so) and, though there are extending mediums, they still can't be worked after application. As soon as I lay them down, they're pretty much down. Because of this, I've been using them more like a wash, and in that case I might as well just be using watercolors anyway.
So, what you see is my first attempt at acrylic illustration abandoned in the middle. I'm moving to oils, with which I have some experience. I figured if I'm already running into problems with acrylic, I might as well just get completely serious and move on to the oils, where depth and richness of colors is not the problem. The drying time issue is the opposite of acrylic, but I'll jump off that bridge when I come to it.