Traditonal Art Rock, Cliff, Boulder texture question
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    Traditonal Art Rock, Cliff, Boulder texture question

    Hi,

    I've recently decided to get back into oil painting for the first time in about 5years. I've been primarily a sketch and digital painting artist for a while now. I was wondering if anyone out there could answer a question for me. I have a lot of respect for this forum and how helpful it can be to young artists, both in age and experience. This is my first time asking for advice here, so I'll get on with it.

    There is a certain type of rock texture I'm trying to create in my painting I'm working on, but am finding myself scrathing my head in my attempts.

    How does one create the style texture seen in the rock framing out the piece below in oils?


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    Layering and patience? I'd do the brown with a big brush, then the black with a medium brush, then the gray and orange with a medium or small brush, then the yellow with a small brush. When in doubt use a photo reference. And keep in mind your example was done one a huge canvas, you won't be able to get that level of detail on a smaller canvas.

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    Looks like an impasto effect to me. Laid down some thick paint (likely the lighter color), then after it dried went back in with some thinned paint that filled in the gaps. Probably wiped off some paint on the peaks to make it pop.

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    Plastic Wrap.

    In all seriousness though, I have seen it used as a mask before in other media.

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    My advice is to look at these paintings you like in person, get up close and examine the details, and then experiment with your brushes to see if you can get similar textures.

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    I wish with all my heart that I could look close up at Frank Frazetta's work one of these days.

    I actually got a pretty high profile answer to my question. After I put this up on here I went to Joe Jusko's facebook page and asked him too. I got a response which is too awesome.

    " Hi Mr Jusko,

    I know you don't know me from a hole in the wall, but I had an art question that I thought I might ask you. You're the most exact fantasy / pulp artist I've ever looked at so I thought you might know

    Do you know how to create this style rock texture?"

    Joe Jusko
    "Sure! Frank textured the canvas with modeling paste to create the texture where needed and then painted over it."

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