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    my ongoing headache...

    heres my situation.
    i really wanted to do this illustration in oil but i dont have time to let it dry properly. The illustration needs to be done in 3 DAYS!!!! i was thinking about drying to put a hairdryer to it but i heard that cracks the paint potentially. or i could take a digital photo of the oil so far then "digi" it. i decided to take a thumbnail blow it up do line work on top, then digitally paint it....ergghh i love oils, but they hate me..... . i really only like to go "digi" when im low on time... i know it sounds like an excuse though... .
    im wondering if theyre are others who have these problems too.

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    I don't know much about oils, because all the the mediums and oils i used for painting were explained to me by the teacher, and i didn't bother to remember. But i though that using certain oils, like linseed, would speed up the drying process.

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    Probably a little late but for future information...

    This reply is probably a little late. But liquin speeds up the drying process. Linseed oil makes it dry slower. Hope that helps. Good luck with your project.

    Oh, using a hairdryer on oil paint does not help to speed up the drying time like with water-based paints. I forget exactly the chemistry of oil paint but it just doesn't work.

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    Be carful with Liquin, I know a guy who was hospitalized from over-exposure.
    A well ventilated room and some rubber gloves will save your life.

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    Just use Acryllics then. They're of a similar quality to oil paints and they dry pretty quickly....in about 30 mins.

    Just make sure you use a retarder when you want to work on it longer...if not you'll be losing a lot of paint because they dry up too damn fast.

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    Using Matte Medium with acrylics slows down the drying process but thins the paint. I also heard a trick of keeping a spray bottle handy, to remoisten the paint as it dries is a useful trick since it is waterbase and adding more water keeps it from drying. There are also those nifty stay-wet palettes that are supposed to keep your paint wet and usable for weeks.

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    try gouash(sp?) i love it, way better then acryllic cause its reconstitutable, way more forgiving but nearly as virbrant as oils. Also arent there those fast drying oils?

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    Pat of the drying time of oils also really depends on the surface of the paper/canvas. I normally use bristol board (single ply in the pad) because it typically dries pretty quickly. Turpentine, drying linseed oil and Liquin all speed up the process. I typically end up using turpentine only and painting in thin coats and it dries pretty quickly.
    A fan is also good, hair dryers can work but you end up with the possibility of surface dry/thick in the middle if you paint heavy. You can also put it into an electric oven at a very low temperature. And lastly you can sort of dry it if you have a lamp on and somewhat close to it (No closer than 6 inches though)

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    i did the illustration digitally, but im going to finish the oil on my own time. i did a tutorial. heres an update from the tutorial image which i have 6 hours to finish and a b and w rendering that go together as a set. heres a wip of the colored version. i didnt bother doing a tutorial on this phase because everyone was complaning that the tutorial sucked well here it is. my ongoing headache...

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