I have finally finished my first “realistic” acrylic painting, although I use that word rather advisedly. Realism in acrylics has proved to be a bit of a challenge, especially when it comes down to the details.
I did all right on the shape of the tube, but all that detailed lettering proved to be a bit more than I could handle. This painting is part of the Acrylic Paint Academy course at The Virtual Instructor. A reference photo is provided in the lesson. Unfortunately I couldn’t make out all the “fine print” from the photo, so I did my best and improvised.
I started this painting a couple weeks ago and worked on it very slowly. I did the background and the shape of the paint tube, then painted the colors, and added a slight bit of cast shadow. For the second stage, I worked on the cap and the “shiny” metal areas of the tube. Mine don’t look quite so shiny.
Finally, it came time to face up to the lettering. It was easier than I’d expected in some respects, but much more difficult than I’d imagined in others. Matt Fussell, the virtual instructor, commented in the lesson that students often want to give up or just leave off most of the text. Was he ever right! I was sorely tempted to omit a lot of it, especially since I couldn’t read it clearly in the reference photo. But I’d come this far with the drawing, and I wanted it to be over. Not because I’d given up on it, but because I had finished it.
So, I stuck it out, did my best, and hopefully I created “the illusion” of text. I don’t think I’ll ever be an artist who does highly-detailed work. I am glad that this painting is done and I can now move on in the course and learn more about acrylics and how to properly use them.