Wylie Beckert


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Month of Fear - Demons Within Posted on 16 Oct 2014

banshee digital illustration
Another challenge for Month of Fear: "Demons Within." It's acrylic ink over pencil & white charcoal on toned paper (below), finished out with some slapdash digital color (above). Adding it to the pile of Things That Need Oil Paint.

...and what's that you ask? Are prints available? Oh yes they are.

demon acrylic ink underpainting

The underpainting.

I've been posting some progress shots of my Month of Fear pieces (along with whatever other non-NDA projects I'm working on) to my Instagram feed. You ARE following me on Instagram... aren't you?

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I find this to be incredibly interesting it's more of an older post as compared to your newer work but... I. as a student artist, have been extremely interested in acrylic inks so I gotta know, do you treat your paper before doing any of tbe acrylic underpainting? And I have also read that you dilute the inks, do you just use water? Keep up the amazing work!

30 Sep 2015 08:05 am

Wylie Beckert:

For this piece, I didn't do anything to the paper before inking (I may have sprayed some workable fixatif to limit smudging of the pencils, but I don't remember.) It's on Strathmore Toned Tan, which holds up OK to limited use of water media in a small piece like this.

For larger paintings, or with thinner paper (like the Canson pastel paper I usually use) I wet-stretch the paper before using water media. And yes, the inks are diluted with plain water - but look out as they can sometimes re-dissolve if you overpaint them too vigorously. I seal with a few coats of diluted matte medium in a spray bottle if I'm doing a lot of layers.

30 Sep 2015 11:13 am

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