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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
Style Other
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. acrylic paints with gel medium, using a wet palette, built up with many layers over an under-painting on a toned background

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What are you most proud of? I really like how the window molding turned out. I had a great deal of difficulty with all of the fabric. I plan on doing another painting and trying this technique again. I really think it is a wonderful way to capture light.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Like Micah said in the instructions take time to build up layers. Don't get discouraged when your own layers go through a stage of not looking so great. They will look better and better as you build up the paint.

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What color was your toned background? I like the soft pinkish tone to your finished painting. That is the tone I hope to attain with my own project. It's soft and feminine. Nicely done.

11/02/2013 Flag

Thank you! I did use a soft pink background. My source photo had quite a bit of pink in it and i wanted to compliment the skin tones of the child. I have been using background colors that work with the source photo instead of creating an obvious mood the way Micah did. It isn't a realistic way of doing a painting either but it does lend a bit more realism to the painting. I think more of a romantic quality. Good Luck with your piece, I hope you will post! I love seeing everyone's work.

11/03/2013 Flag

I love all the red and purple that you've added to the painting compared to the photo. It gives it a very dreamy quality which works well with the pose/subject. The plants outside the window are also a nice touch as they are descriptive but still loose and energetic in the way they're described.

11/08/2013 Flag

Thank you -the class really jump started my creative process!

11/16/2013 Flag

I'm thinking you have a pretty solid handle on this technique!

11/20/2013 Flag

I really like this, even though it's a pretty dark painting on the right side it really sets the tone for everything. Giving the lighter tones such a great feel. I love the highlights you have on the little girl too. Really nice job on this.

01/04/2014 Flag