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Unfinished. Tar-fulde and the Wyrm. by RussellMarks Unfinished. Tar-fulde and the Wyrm. by RussellMarks
Oil on canvas, causing me a lot of headaches, will get round to finishing it one day lol
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snarglefoop Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
I love that beast!  Beautiful!
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Tiamatus Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
This is stunning!
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, also so great - love the texture and detail! What size is the paintig, if I may ask?
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RussellMarks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   General Artist
Thankyou, this one is a 50x70 cm canvas.
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, still really detailed! What kind of brushes do you use? More of the finde ones?
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RussellMarks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   General Artist
I use quite a wide range of brushes, starting with very large ones to tone the canvas then the brush sizes get smaller and smaller after I've established the forms right down to a tiny 5/0 sable round for the details.
I use all different brands but my favourite workhorse brushes are Tadami mongoose filberts for pretty much every part of the painting, they are synthetic mongoose hairs and are ideal for me as they seem to combine the strength of hog with the suppleness of sable giving me something in between the two and they last a long time too :)
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the really detailed answer!
I just started with acrylics (a very tiny bit) and sice I'm used to watercolor, the colors appear so viscous, not so easy to handle (for me). But as you, I think I have to get much smaller brushes to get the detail, the big brushes you can get here for "beginners" are kind of useless if you want to paint anything smaller than a life-size car :D

I will check if I can get the Tadami brushes here, they sound nice - esp. the combination of strengh and suppleness (pure sable felt a bit too soft for my kind of technique when I last tried).
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RussellMarks Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012   General Artist
they are made by a company called Escoda, I buy mine online from Jacksons discount art supplies.
You don't neccessarily need to get the Tadami most synthetic brushes designed for oils and acrylics will do fine :)
I find working with acrylic quite frustrating as it dries too quickly for my feeble brain to cope with! bit of a jump going from watercolour to acrylic, I've tried and use most painting media but I've settled for oils as I find them the easiest to work with because of the slow drying time, you can easily correct mistakes by either wiping them off or painting over when its dry. Golden now do a range of slow drying acrylics called Open acrylic. I wish you luck with your acrylics, you know you can reduce the viscosity of them just by adding water ;) In fact you can water them down to the point that they behave very similiarly to watercolour. anyway I hope you find this useful :)
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antoniavogel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks again :)
That's funny, the fast drying is exactly why I'm more interested in acrylics - I think I'm just used to fast-drying media, since I paint my watercolor really "dry", nearly like drawing... so many possibilities in painting media :dance:
I never thought about oil since I always heard they're difficult to manage, but after your statements I might give it a try - it sounds great and new (to me) to be able to mix & blend wet colors directly on the canvas...
Thanks for the inspiration!
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RussellMarks Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   General Artist
Glad to help, I notice you're primarily a wildlife artist, just for your information there is a book by wildlife artist Terry Isaac called ' painting the drama of wildlife step by step' It gives good clear instructions on how to proceed with acrylics, I got my copy from Amazon some years ago, hopefully it's still in print.
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brave horse!
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DragonForge311088 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woah! Wish I could paint like this, detail is just stunning. Like the way its traditional in style too. :)
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RussellMarks Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   General Artist
Thanks I take a lot of my inspiration from old master paintings, so that's probably where the traditional look comes from :)
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DragonForge311088 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem. :) you've got a lot of talent.
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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RussellMarks Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   General Artist
Thankyou very much! :)
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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RussellMarks Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
Thanks, yes I do like a detail or two! lol :)
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nepneu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome details. You have some awesome skills for sure : D
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