I’ve only ever subscribed to one glossy magazine in my life. For about 8 years, up until 2013, I received the digital painting magazine ImagineFX. I love that magazine and own the first 100 or so editions – they’ll be collectors items one day!
But they started taking up too much room and I realised that I much prefer painting with traditional mediums to digital painting, so I ended the subscription.
I still pour over the magazines from time to time, most of the topics and tutorials are still pertinent to traditional painting. The magazines are also a great source of imagery when I just want to practice colour mixing, mark making or to test out supplies.
The featured image of an elfin heroin is one such practice piece. It’s an acrylic painting on 8*10 inch, very heavyweight (>>300gsm) watercolour paper. An underpainting was done using Vallejo acrylic gouache.
My intention had been to do the whole painting in the acrylic gouache but that stuff smells terribly! A strong, unpleasant, chemical smell that still hasn’t left the painting a few years later! I threw away the white, red, blue and yellow bottles. The black I’ve left for reference. There’s a Japanese company that does an acrylic gouache that I hope to try someday but for now I’m happy with casein as a matte medium, that has a lovely smell!
I was very pleased with the way the painting turned out, it doesn’t look that much like the original (it wasn’t really meant to) but I think it has a charm of its own and plan to do a few portraits in that style.
Here’s the original digital painting, it was by Jake Probelski a US based artist, and it was featured in ImagineFX edition 59. In the article he was talking about using colour and lighting to affect the mood of his painting.