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    Question: What kind of paint Simon Bisley uses in those paintings?

    First of all, hello everybody, this is my first post.
    I have some art noob questions, maybe somebody could help me:

    What are techniques (or materials) are used by Simon Bisley in those paintings?
    Are those oil paints, acrylic or something else?

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    You might have to use hidemyass to watch it.
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    Here is an interview. He says mostly acrylics because he works fast usually one sitting, but also cans of spray paint and inks
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    Thanx.
    Could you tell me if those 2 characters are also done in acrylic paint or is it something else?
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    no I can't; but let me just emphasize you are focusing on the wrong thing. Bisley paints the way he does because of his skill not the materials. If he used latex house paint the paintings would still look the same.
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    Thanx for info, I am green in those topics.
    I dont know why in my last post pic didnt show.
    I was asking about those 2 characters below, is acrylic paint good medium for achieving this style results?
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    hello gryzor

    First off, before you try to paint like bisley, remember that his paintings only work because of the solid drawing underneath-they would fall apart otherwise, so make sure you are a solid draughtsman first before experimenting with paint techniques.(all the painting skill in the world cant hide a poor drawing)

    Secondly, I would say don't try to emulate any one guys style/ technique- you are much better off getting a solid grounding in all the techniques a type of paint has to offer through your own experimentation than just following a "script" to get a particular look(and bisley already has an army of people who paint just like him, which is not really a good thing). For instance, bisley uses acrylics, which can be used in washes like eric fortune does, opaquely (like bisley) or, with the application of drying retarder, made to stay open (wet) like oils, and mixed together slowly at your leisure ( to an extent)

    I did use to have the perfect bisley Q and A saved, but have lost it so will sum up with the gist of what he said: he works quickly, over a drawing he has inked over to keep the lines clear, using acrylic paint, from darks to lights, adding a little more white paint each time, and so essentially mimicking a very rapid oil technique, until he hits the highlights which are dry brushed in. You can see the dry brushing where there is a "grainy" look to the painting. He also just goes for it, my advice would be to do a quick painting experiment every day for a year, then you will have a pretty solid grounding in that field, dont thin acrylic too much with water as it will denature- you will just get seperate specks rather than a wash. If you want to go that thin, use a transparent medium rather than water(this will hold the paint together as the medium is still acrylic it is just clear).

    Look at the acrylic thread here on CA-most of the basics are in there.

    Study colour-when you first start, you will most likely go far too strong with your chromas (everythings much greyer than you think)

    and get good quality paints, of course.
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    Thank you very much haljarrett.
    I just recently started to draw.
    As a kid in mid 90s I was fan of Doom Trooper, Mutant Chronicles, Lobo etc. and as for now I set my goal to achive this kind of (non digital but detailed) apperance in my art.

    I'm at the very beginning, and as for now I draw only in pencil and try to learn anatomy of human figure and perspective from different courses and books.
    I have tablet and Photoshop so after a whille I was planning to try some digital painting, and after that I would like to learn acrylic paint.

    (Sorry for my grammar, English is not my native language)
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    Better learning acrylic before photoshop and good luck.
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    thats good, sounds like a sensible approach to things. I always recommend people take as many life classes as possible (and if not, get a big mirror and draw yourself)

    also, consistency is one of the biggest factors for improving your work

    Your english is fine

    good luck with everything
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