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Joined: 1/3/2012
Msg: 1
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I can draw, I can draw faces really well with graphite pencils . I can't paint colours for sh*t though. Any tips on where to start? Oils? Watercolours? What's easiest?
Joined: 5/19/2009
Msg: 2
Posted: 2/10/2012 1:20:49 PM
Acrylic is the easiest (and cheapest)
Oil is more forgiving, because it takes longer to dry. If you mess up, you wipe it up and start over.
If you want to try watercolor, paint on a flat surface -like on a table- it takes a while before you can control drips.

Joined: 2/14/2006
Msg: 3
Posted: 2/11/2012 8:52:20 PM
Watercolor is hardest. With the other two you can layer and change your mind.
Something else about watercolor is that it can move out of the lines you put it down with depending on how much water you use - plus the color doesn't just lay flat - if you brush an area once you get a light application, twice, darker etc. That's why some people suggest starting with your shadows in watercolor first.

Of them all I think watercolor is the funnest, possibly because of the challenge.

The difference too in watercolor is that you need to plan where white will be because there is no real white watercolor paint unless you get some tube paint on the side - nothing is going to be as white as either of the other two. Also your drawing lines in pencil might not cover up if your paint is thin.

Still though, watercolor does give you lots of creative chances with splatter and moving around colors getting an unexpected combination that you like in backgrounds. For a beginner to make an abstract type of watercolor it isn't too hard.
I suggest you get some prismacolor pencils for highlighting your watercolor or making small drawings. They have a nice smearing clear too.

Good brushes are an investment if you take any of them up. The paper for watercolor isn't cheap either but you can't watercolor on just anything or it will curl up or pucker.

To start doing watercolor I probably spent 20 on a pat of paints, 60 on brushes, another 40 on 2 pads of paper and I already had the pencils - they were around 50 for a set.

If you like being overly detailed and have some perfectionism in you I really suggest the pencils for touchups.
Joined: 2/15/2008
Msg: 4
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Posted: 2/12/2012 11:04:05 AM
Look at oil pastels, it's like using crayolas again. Easy to apply, easy to pull off and easy to cover up. I use 100% rag paper, but any paper with a tooth will work to get started.
Joined: 1/3/2012
Msg: 5
Posted: 2/12/2012 4:05:33 PM
Well, thanks a lot for the advice you three.
I really like the look of watercolours, but I'm not sure they'd be any good for painting portraits/ faces? I've heard that oils are great for moving, smudging, etc because they take a long time to dry, so was originally thinking of that.

Veevee highlighted the rason I need to chose one to start with, if it's going to cost £60 for decent brushes and then another 100 on random accesories, I can't really afford to get all three and try them.

Acrylics are probably what I used at school, perhaps I should start with those as I'll be more familiar with them.

But if I do go for some watercolours I'll be sure to get the pencils, I am big on small details and worry that I'll not get brushes good enough to match my almighty, diamond tip-thin pencils!!
Joined: 1/3/2012
Msg: 6
Posted: 2/12/2012 4:06:20 PM
Oh, and if I can find some oil pastels on the cheap with some rough paper, I might pick some of those up too, cheers.
Joined: 6/27/2009
Msg: 7
Posted: 2/13/2012 7:07:15 PM
If you're a good draftsman but need to practice your color work, I'd suggest oil pastels and/or regular pastels. Those are the perfect amalgam of drawing and painting, and neither are pricey. The good paper's not pricey either.

You do have to use fixative for the regular pastels, and when you frame them you have to either have a triple mat or an airspace between the glass and the paper, or the surface tension of the glass will lift the pastel particles off the paper over the course of time (even with fixative).
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