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CashWiley last won the day on April 12 2015

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  • Birthday 04/02/1970

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    Guitars, Drums and Chopping Wood

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  1. Cash's 2018 Art

    Continuing the oil portrait, refining the low values in the shadowlands. In particular reshaping the eye socket and revamping the eye, so it no longer glows (compare it to the eye on the last WIP pic above). The dark area is where I prepared the canvas to work on by oiling in with some linseed oil cut slightly with solvent (I use gamsol odorless mineral spirits or OMS) and wiped back. This helps me see the values correctly, as the dark stuff lightens considerably, especially the quick drying earth pigments. That's why the hair looks so light here. The final painting will be varnished, which brings back those luminous darks (if that's not too much of an oxymoron!). It also allows me to work into a slipperier surface than the dried pigments.
  2. Cash's 2018 Art

    Thanks! Though he had even more character than that, I just couldn't capture his Eastern European mix of gruffness and humor....YET
  3. Cash's 2018 Art

    Here's the first of two portraits at the end of Stan Prokopenko's portrait course. Highly recommend it, Mori did it too! Charcoal on newsprint, approx. 11x14.
  4. Interesting angle on drying. I've been applying it to mediums but didn't think much about it with tube paint itself. the cads take forever to dry, I paint once a week in class and can usually just keep using my cads, all the earth pigments get refreshed on the palette each week. Also, I do use a soft brush quite a bit, the bristles add too much texture for anything but rough early painting. For mid-painting, I've been trying some mixed brushes, real and synthetic, that purport to be a blend of stiff and smooth. Not good enough for smooth work, but less textured and destructive than straight bristles.
  5. Zombicide: Invader - A Scifi game by CMoN

    Really wish they had done better work with the character/monster design and minis. Some card previews popped up on FB and it looks like a nice twist on the theme.
  6. Cash's 2017 Art

    On to year 3:
  7. Cash's 2018 Art

    I took a few step-by-steps for a couple of the features studies:
  8. So I've been slacking on both updating here and on my blog. Here it feels odd because I don't really paint minis these days (though I want to!) and the blog kinda died when I switched hosting away from wordpress.com, my views basically dried up. I'm active on FB but I keep my friends list very tight (no offense to anyone intended), I should open up my image folders to the public, but I hesitate to do that on FB. Here's a link to my thread from last year: Anyway, I'll try to catch up a bit for year 3 (what!?!). Here's the YTD WIPs from oil portraiture class. Same model, same painting. Getting into some more advanced stuff with glazes, trying to add physical depth to the painting. At this point it's starting to get pretty luminous in some areas. The physical light on the painting can pass through some of the oil-heavy layers and pick up color from pigments along the way, hit the underlayers and shine or dull for the return journey. Cool stuff, I begin to understand the reason people say you can't appreciate an old master oil painting in a photo, you miss all the complex stuff the physical light does interacting with the layers. Each of these represents a 3 hour session, or about 2 hours of painting time. I've also narrowed my focus in drawing to portraiture, so I can bring up my skills for heads. Since I want to pursue figurative works, having solid portrait skills is going to be crucial, and it helps me stay focused in my studies and hopefully avoid lulls between studies. I'm taking Stan Prokopenko's portrait lessons as a premium member, but he makes most of these lessons free on his Proko youtube channel. I like to make study sheets while I watch the videos, and draw as many examples as I can. I picked up this amazing habit from Patrick Jones, it's really helpful for learning and later reference. Each sheet is 18x24 charcoal on newsprint. The final two lessons are charcoal portrait copies, where the reference photo is on one side of the screen and Stan draws on the other side, explaining his process as he draws. Here I've just about wrapped up the lay-in step. Charcoal on newsprint approx 11x14.
  9. Thanks! I kinda left off updating the thread and my blog, since it mostly seemed like I was talking to myself :D
  10. Zombicide: Invader - A Scifi game by CMoN

    They look much better in the concept art.
  11. I wish you had posted this a couple years ago before I had to learn it the long way :D Good stuff, though! I'm still using store-bought acrylic gesso on cheap canvas, but I will probably start using better surfaces and prep now that I've got a few paintings under my belt (more or less). I will probably avoid lead white for the ground, because I do portraits I like a glass smooth surface to work on and yeah, I'm not going to be sanding lead, either. I have a few decent brushes but finally ordered a few nice brushes from Rosemary.
  12. Zombicide: Invader - A Scifi game by CMoN

    Hokey pokey for sure. And I don't see soft edges as a good thing!
  13. Zombicide: Invader - A Scifi game by CMoN

    So they are making a new version of Sedition Wars with crappier sculpts.
  14. Kickstarter alert from LifeLock

    They also support Google Authenticator, which is nice. As far as card info, it's just an inevitability your card info is going to get lifted at some point. Being vigilant with your statements (I check mine weekly) and accounts is key, most major cards have great fraud protections. Only downside is having to memorize a new card number :D
  15. Kickstarter alert from LifeLock

    I suggest you also enable two-factor authentication and keep an eye on your activity log to verify it's just your devices accessing the service.