I’m very new to acrylic painting, and I have been enjoying myself immensely discovering how to work with this medium.
As a hair, make-up and FX artist, I’m used to working with colour, but in creme, powder, pencil, liquid and alcohol activated mediums. So learning a new way to “paint” seemed very appealing, specially as it was different to what I do for a living, but at the same time, supports what I do and helps me to develop new skills and grow as an artist.
I discovered Will Kemp Art School by chance while surfing the net. I’m really glad I did! There is a wealth of free information on Painting (Acrylic and Oil) as well as Drawing and Urban Sketching. There are free tutorials, in written and video format, that you can do prior to subscribing to his downloadable courses. Below are the acrylic painting results from four of his free online courses. Will is extremely personable and explains art/painting in a manner that makes it less “scary” and quite enjoyable. Each of his courses outline in detail the materials that you need, as well as downloadable high res images of the subject you will be painting.
You can easily lose yourself for hours on his website before even touching his paid courses. I am yet to do a paid course, but considering doing his portrait course once I feel I have a better handle of working with acrylic paints and still life.
Please note: I have not been commissioned or paid to write this post, I was impressed with the content and how Will approaches teaching art. I’m also happy with how my paintings came out. For a newby, they are not too bad. I think I will tackle them again in a year’s time and see how much improvement there is! 🙂
The images below are in order of how I painted them. I had problems with the toned ground I put on the canvas for the “Bruised Apple” image. I think I put too much water in my base mix and had problems with the acrylic paint not wanting to stick to the canvas. As a result of this, I made a hole in my apple! The paint just would not stick and it kept getting bigger. Problem solved, I turned it into a bruise. 😉