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Thorin Acrylic Portrait 1 by cfgriffith Thorin Acrylic Portrait 1 by cfgriffith
It's been WAY too long since I last painted in acrylics (late 80's - very early 90's when I "regularly" used them), and in all honesty I didn't know what I was doing. I switched over to watercolor/gouache, some coloring with markers, did some digital coloring over scanned inks... and then focused on b&w/ink as my main form of art, before taking a way-too-long break from art completely (the past few years, I've started adding a bit of regular pencil back into the mix). I've been craving painting again, so I thought it was time!

This started off as a little 3.5"x3.5" blue pencil scrawling that was difficult to see and very vague. It went through a long process of changes until I was happy enough with it to start painting. I was very tempted to use watercolor/gouache, but they were all dried out and all my "nice" brushes were for inking -- I had more supplies for acrylic, and needed to get back into practice for some upcoming acrylic paintings too.

I am not a photorealistic artist -- I'm more stylized, with many years of comic books as my main focus (that's actually how I met my husband, he is a writer). Also I am such a lover of inked art (brush), so I did use black to mix in with some colors, like the dark shadows/sections of his hair, to bring my style of drawing a little more comfortably into painting mode. This whole piece was simply practice, but also a fun experiment to see how I might like to push my way of drawing in new directions.

Acrylic paint on 11x14 canvas, and scanned with color and contrast adjustments -- the scanner changed some of the tones, like the skin which is a little darker/redder than the actual painting, but taking a photo also doesn't show the painting in its "true" form either. I also had to do a lot of scans, trying to figure out what worked best for my dark living room wall, yet also looked good enough on a digital scan without driving me mad.

I'm honestly not sure how long this took. The drawing was a drawn-out off and on thing, and when I wasn't sick or had other things to do, I tried to push myself to work on it as much as I could every day. I also used natural light only, so I could not paint during cloudy days sadly. I just didn't think to keep track of painting time closely enough. "Too long" would be my response, since I experimented, changed things if I didn't like the effect, and obsessed a little too much (slowing progress even while working often on it).

Some links related to the drawing/painting and the process....
The line art used to transfer to canvas:  cfgriffith.deviantart.com/art/…
Blog Entry about the line drawing:  www.cfgriffith.com/2015/11/09/…
Blog Entry about the quick/sloppy color test:  www.cfgriffith.com/2015/11/14/…
Blog Entry about the canvas transfer:  www.cfgriffith.com/2015/12/07/…
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ZolaDeus Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
~ insta watches lol
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Aegileif Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Wow, this is an amazing piece! I'm full of respect knowing the process and how much work did you put into creating!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thank you! :D I'm also full of respect for digital artists and the things folks like you create... that's a really hard one for me to "feel" when I work digitally (I need the "real world" grip of brush/pencil against paper apparently), and it also seems like double the learning: not only artistic knowledge needed, but software, filters, etc. My hat is off to you as well! :D Keep creating beautiful things!
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Thriin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
WOW it's awesome and very different from your usual style!!Clap Love   
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It was fun trying something new for a change! :D
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Wynnifredd Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
NIce!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Jaelie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It came out beautifully!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D :D :D
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NEJOS Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Amazing!!!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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TheDwarfess Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great!
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cfgriffith Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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