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Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic taught by Micah Ganske

Join artist Micah Ganske as he draws on the basics of mixing, glazing and layering to create a narrative portrait.

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Category Painting
Type Painting
Subject Portrait
Material Acrylic Paint
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Gesso, Golden Fluid Acrylics, Grumbacher Acrylics, Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin), Golden Retarder, Golden Extra Heavy Gel (Gloss), 16 x 20 stretched canvas, various brushes

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What are you most proud of? I am very new to narrative portraiture and this is only my second project; although I see areas where I could have done better (hindsight does that to you, doesn't it?!) I am pleased with the overall result.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Study your subject over and over and over again at the drawing and under-painting stage to ensure you have a good foundation to work with. I fell into the trap of adding shadow lines to the face that I eventually over emphasized. Working with glazes make corrections almost impossible after the work has had a chance to dry. I am so used to working with acrylics out of the tube where mistakes can easily be painted over that I got lost in too many shadows before I knew it.

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Very nice! If you want to add a little more "pop" to the piece, you should try adding a few highlight layers on top. If you glaze some white over his head and the top of the dog's body, it will add more contrast to the scene and will make them look a bit angelic too which I think would work well here.

09/12/2013 Flag

Thanks, will give that a try.

09/18/2013 Flag

love this

09/14/2013 Flag

Such a sweet piece, I'm hoping to capture a similar vibe in my first.

11/20/2013 Flag