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Artist Tutorial

Since so many people seemed interested in it, I made up a quick tutorial on the new method I'm using for transferring images to paint. Again, it's not something I uniquely created but there didn't seem to be much in the way of documentation so I hope my experimentation saves you some time. :)


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Feb. 11th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
That’s awesome! I’m excited to try this method sometime!
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
:) I think you'll really like it! I'm in love. It's such a simple idea but dang, it's a timesaver!
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
In the first step, what do you mean by "make a print"? A photocopy (which most people in furry refer to a "print") or literally printed from a printer?
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
It's an actual print print - you have to use archival/waterproof inks so I don't think a photocopy or cheap inkjet type print would work (plus you'd never want that in an original painting anyways, even if it's sandwiched between acrylic layers).
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
So, you have a printer at home that uses archival/waterproof inks? Or are you taking it to an actual printshop? Sorry for the confusion!

Other than that, it is a really interesting technique, and I'm going to bookmark it for the next time I do a painting!
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
No problem at all. :)
Yes, I have a wide format giclee printer I use for making prints. There are smaller home versions now (I think they are generally geared towards photo printing) that are pretty reasonably priced. The important thing is that it can print on the thicker papers like this and the ink is waterproof- otherwise it will just turn into a runny mess when you wet it. A laser print (being mostly carbon) would work too if you were gentle with it and if your laser printer can handle bristol board.
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
That is very cool. Thank you for taking the time to make the tutorial! I want to try it out now. :3

Man, I haven't painted in years. I never did a lot of acrylic and only a little oil, but I sure love watercolor & gouache. I can see how this would work well with gouache.
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
For watercolor you can actually print right onto nice watercolor paper and skip the whole gel medium/gluing - just print, wet/stretch and go. :) But yeah, for acrylic or gouache this is awesome. :) You can still get very nice watercolory effects with it but obviously you don't have that paper texture underneath soaking/spreading the pigment.
And I'd love to see you painting again!! :)
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh true for watercolors.

I've been told countless times that I approach acrylic paint like most do watercolors (and yield watercolor-ish results), and that I approach watercolors like color pencils (and yield their results). I don't know what's up with that. xD I do really need to get back into things again. I've at least been sketching/doodling on the side.

I keep telling myself that after Katsucon I can go all out with drawing again, since I'll have fewer distractions. There's a draw-a-thon thing that I'm trying to go to in early March, so we'll see if that helps, too!
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Feb. 11th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
It really is a simple concept, I've got a wide format giclee printer and have printed on canvas to stretch but most of the materials I use (masonite, clayboard, etc.) are way too thick for even the fancy printer. But for some reason I never thought about gluing the print to the 'canvas' but it works!!
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Interesting seeing what other people do, but I've never had a problem with the carbon paper or light table method, and I can bang those out in a half hour rather than having to go through all those steps and then wait for it to dry overnight. Of course, I also don't have a printer than can handle anything except regular paper, so even if I wanted to try another method it would be moot.
Feb. 11th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I suppose it really depends on the style you work in, too. :) Your linework is really nice and crisp - I can see how that would make the carbon paper transfers very fast and easy. I tend to make really detailed, scribbly sketches and so trying to transfer them to a canvas (especially when I work larger, like 16x20 and bigger) I can easily spend 2-3 hours transferring the image to only have a kind of shitty copy of a detailed sketch.
The drying time isn't a big deal to me, I am used to working in oils and even with acrylics I usually end up working on anywhere from 4-10 paintings at a time, all in various stages of being done. :)
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for this tutorial, I've honestly never colored a print, I will need to get a new printer anyway, so I'll certainly look for one with waterproof/archival ink.

I usually love my sketches, though I'm getting better at not foiling them with color, It would still be nice to have the sketch and colored version on hand.

Feb. 13th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
been meaning to reply to this for a while XP
so, my question is why not just put gel/matte medium over the image rather than putting it over and under?
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think you could get the image to stick - the medium doesnt soak through the paper when you're coating it, and it dries pretty quickly. The idea is to use it as a glue, and then as a sealant. If you're making an original, you want it to last, so the extra time/material to secure it is well worth it. :)
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