Same owl – now with acrylics!

Same owl – now with acrylics!

I’m continuing the experiment with colouring my cute owl with 3 different kinds of traditional “wet” media. In the last post I showed the stages of watercolours that I’ve done first, as I was suggested to do in a comment under my Facebook post. Since to do the markers version I need several more colours than I have (fortunately, they are on their way already!) – this time I’ve coloured the owl with acrylics.

Even though I’m very used to acrylics – I paint with them very often – this was actually a double experiment for me, because this was the first time I’ve used acrylic paints on paper rather than on canvas and additionally, I didn’t use my usual paints, but completely different, professional ones that I bought to participate in Royal Talens’s international competition.

It’s always good to know your media before you start creating something ambitious and time-consuming with them in order not to ruin the piece accidentally, so since I was going to have this little acrylics exercise anyway  I thought it would be the perfect moment to learn my new paints too. Not to mention that I also got to test this new SM-LT paint paper I got recently.

Royal Talens Rembrandt acrylic paints, 10 tubes set, slightly modified

Overall I have mixed feelings after finishing the acrylics version of the owl. Don’t get me wrong – it was very fun and I actually LOVE the final result but… For some reason I assumed painting with acrylics on paper would be easier and faster than painting with them on canvas and… it is NOT. I don’t think it’s harder either, it’s pretty much the same and I don’t know why I assumed differently. Maybe there would have been a difference if I used a different style/technique of painting, for example, if I used the acrylics like watercolours – diluted them heavily with water, but if I do everything the same way I shouldn’t expect different results. Unless the paper had very different features than the canvas but except being very smooth, unlike the canvas, the paper worked perfectly with the acrylics – neither the paints nor water soaked in it and it didn’t bend at all, no matter how much water I used on it.

The Rembrandt paints I used this time were very different from my usual ones though, so it had to take me a while to get used to them. They are much thicker than A’kryl and they mix with each other and with water differently than what I’m used to. Also when dry they are shinier than my cheaper paints. I thought I’d mind this shininess but, even though you can’t see it on the photos, the shine does look very nice and aesthetic, for some reason.

The time consumption and some difficulties with working with a partly new medium are the only things I can complain about though. The process of painting itself was fun and exciting and the final result – very satisfying. If I had more time (8 additional hours a day, for example), I could say I’d definitely paint more pieces with acrylics on paper like this, but because it’s just as time-consuming as painting on canvas I can’t promise it to anyone, including myself. On the other hand, I love the way the finished owl looks and it’s much easier to put it in frames later than even a simple canvas board, so it would be great to paint something with acrylics on paper again in the future, hopefully something more ambitious.

For now though – you can see my process of colouring the owlette with acrylics below which is much more interesting than just reading about it 😉 Let me know if you have any questions!



Ulchabhan! …but with watercolours

Ulchabhan! …but with watercolours

My little owl I’ve drawn to help me learn Irish was featured on Ko-fi’s art highlights and it made my evening! I felt and still feel very honoured and appreciated, especially since the art there is hand-picked, not based on likes or popularity. To think someone went to see my work and decided it was worthy of being FEATURED… I still can’t believe it, I’m so grateful, thank you, Ko-fi!

I drew that owl, Ulchabhan, to help me learning Irish but then I thought, Owl is a symbol of wisdom, so why not go a step further – with help of my little feathered companion I could also learn other art techniques and media. With the assistance of my awesome lightbox (If you’ve ever considered buying one – just do it, it’s so helpful!) on 3 various kinds of paper, I’ve made 3 sketches based on my original lineart. This way I was able to also test the 2 new SM-LT Start Pads I bought recently – one for watercolour and one for painting (I’ll use it for my acrylics).

I asked for help in deciding which technique I should try first on my Facebook page and I was suggested watercolors. And to be honest – I think I was excited about them the most because I haven’t used them since… Ever 😀 But I got this new watercolours paper in small size (A5) so it doesn’t overwhelm me and I revived my old cheap watercolours too, so I was ready to give them a try!

Acrylics version: HERE | Markers version: [post in progress]

Below you can see the photos with the process and I have to admit, as scary as it was, I enjoyed the watercolours a lot and even though I still have A LOT to learn about them, I think the result is pretty good for the first try with them 🙂 I’ll definitely colour and paint more with them!

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Acrylic painting: Little Sisters (WIP + finished version)

Acrylic painting: Little Sisters (WIP + finished version)

I was posting some WIP photos of my newest acrylics work on my social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for a while and now I’m very proud to say I finished the painting with two cute little girls (that are my work colleague’s daughters). I did work on it for quite a lot and I had a lot of fun with the painting but I’m happy it’s finally finished and I can move on to the next paintings WIP photos of which you can also expect to be posted on this blog in… a while 😀 For the time being please check the below progress shots of the little girls painting and the finished painting you can see in my Gallery.


Acrylics painting: details #01
Acrylics painting: details #02

Painting videos!

Painting videos!

Hi everyone!

After struggling a lot with a gooseneck camera stand to record my painting progress I recently did some research and decided I needed something else to record painting easily. I finally got a new stand and I have to say it was a good idea. There are definitely better stands and setups out there, but for now what I have is enough.

Using this new stand is how I managed to record a new painting video without any problems. Unfortunately, my uploading speed is still an issue so I had to speed the video up, but since I’ve already recorded it I also decided to add a voiceover this time! And someone asked me on my Fanpage to explain about what are the hardest parts of the painting process for me so that’s what I talked about in this latest video.

Anyway, the good news is – now I can record decent-ish process videos not only of digital, but also of traditional painting. And the gooseneck holder I used to use earlier now I can use to record traditional drawing process, for example markers and coloured pencils. It makes me pretty excited, to be honest 🙂 Let me know what do you want the next videos to be about – so far I have one suggestion I got on Twitter for talking about digitally painting lips and noses and that’s what the next video will be about.

Acrylic painting: Wolf (WIP #03 + finished version)

Acrylic painting: Wolf (WIP #03 + finished version)

Another interesting week has passed. Where did all the days go? I swear the last thing I remember is maybe Tuesday? And suddenly BAM! It’s Saturday. But I guess I haven’t just skipped the week because apparently not only I’ve been seen at work but I also finished the wolf painting! It took some work but it’s been a lot of fun too. Also I managed to finished it just in time to gift the painting to my mum for Mother’s Day.

Part 1 | Part 2

Unfortunately the last Work In Progress photo didn’t save nicely so below is the finished painting.