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Reliable Results in Acrylics: A Medium Demystified
In this video workshop, David N. Kitler demonstrates his methods for working effectively and creatively with acrylics.
You will learn how David works with materials, textures, colors, and much more from David's commentary throughout his demonstration.
David N. Kitler guides you through the technical challenges of acrylics so you can focus on your art. Using inexpensive brushes and only a handful of colors, David leads a half-dozen demos on materials, transparency, textures, mixing, and more. You'll master the essential supplies from boards to palettes to pigments. You'll learn to mix any hue using three primaries and how to pick the right white paint for the task at hand. David helps you create smooth gradations, mottled backgrounds, and delicate edges, all using basic tools. You'll explore opaque painting and transparent layering before David combines the two in his squirrel demo. He shares secrets for creating lifelike textures and helps you get the most from your reference photo.
AUDIO INTERVIEW: Listen to an audio interview with David Kitler. The video is overlayed with images from our filming sessions with David, his notebooks and a gallery of his artwork.
BONUS CLIP: Diluting, Brushes, Travel Palette
In these bonus clips from his video workshop, Reliable Results in Acrylics, wildlife painter David N. Kitler explains how to get the most out of your art supplies. You learn to dilute and mix your acrylic mediums, rescue brushes caked with dried paint, and build a compact travel palette for painting in remote locations.
Painting Nature's Textures in Acrylic
Join David N. Kitler and learn to take your wildlife paintings to the peak of photo-realism. David shows you how to use acrylic paint and texture painting techniques to create realistic feathers and tree bark.
David's advanced art techniques center around the transparent qualities of acrylic paint.
He uses that transparency to create luminous feathers and intriguing eyes. David's approach to acrylic painting combines watercolor techniques with the strengths of opaques. You take advantage of quick drying time and protective coats of gloss medium as you layer brilliant, transparent washes over a base of whites. David Kitler covers a variety of topics.
He walks you through short acrylic painting tutorials that cover grass and bark. He teaches you to think about how you use your materials to do most of the heavy lifting for your painting.
Next David delves into a longer painting demonstration for feathers and animal eyes. Watch up close as he lays down layer after layer of transparent acrylic paint to create luminosity and variety in his piece.
David moves beyond beginner painting topics and leads an important discussion on reference material including pictures and 3-D specimens. He teaches you how to take cues from an animals anatomy to guide the direction and width of your brush strokes.
BONUS CLIP: Simplifying Natural Textures in Acrylics