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Sunday, April 28, 2013

My first two attempts at cartooning with acrylic paints

I've been drawing as long as I can remember, but I've never ventured far from pens and markers. I only dipped my toe into colored markers a few times in the past year or so, so almost everything I've ever drawn has been with a black marker or pen on a sketchbook page or piece of paper. To mix things up my wife and I signed up for an Acrylic Class at the Elmhurst Art Museum. We did a still life at the first class, which was the first time I've touched a paintbrush since grade school. It was quite satisfying to actually paint something, especially something serious since even when I set out to make a more traditional drawing it tends to end up turning into a cartoon.

But I was anxious to see if I could use acrylics to do something goofier and more fun in a style similar to my doodles. Last night I sat at the dining room and knocked out these two cartoon paintings. To ease into it I started out with some familiar. Both of these are based on reoccurring doodles in my repertoire. I'm still trying to get comfortable with using brushes, mixing colors, etc, but I had a lot of fun and am happy with how they turned out. Especially since this is only my 2nd and 3rd times putting brush to canvas.

Record Eating Rabbit: My first attempt at "cartooning" with acrylic paints
Record Eating Rabbit - Acrylic on 6" x 6" canvas panel

Push Fido Push: My second attempt at "cartooning" with acrylic paints

Push Fido Push - Acrylic on 6" x 6" canvas panel

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