I'm working on a Joker painting, so I decided to try to document each step of my process. I am hoping someone can learn from my process, and maybe even others can give me some tips for future paintings. I have a detailed description of each photo on my blog http://www.jesseacosta.net/blog if you're interested in reading up!
I don't know anything about painting with acrylics, so get ready for some n00b questions. How did you avoid going over the lines of your figure? Was it just by being very careful, or do you lay down some sort of masking material and then peel/rub it off?
What are you painting on, canvas? Bristol board?
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You should hop over to my blog (linked above), I describe each step so far. But yes, I do use a masking material called frisket. Its generally an airbrush artist's tool, which is how I started using it. Its a giant clear sticker you lay on your painting, then use an exacto knife to carefully cut your shapes out. Then paint, then peel it up when done and it protects the covered area.
I generally don't use frisket, but since I wanted a sort of glowing gradient around the Joker, I decided to use this approach.
Also, I paint on masonite (aka mdf board or hardboard) from the hardware store. I can get it for $8.00 for an 8' x 4' sheet, then I cut it down to several boards. Its way cheaper than canvas. Once I get it home, I sand the front and gesso it to prep it for painting.
develop the whole image at once to get a better sense of how you're actually going to use your values for appropriate compositional layout.
I'm starting the straight jacket now, but I'm not certain I like the color yet. Any thoughts or suggestions?