silhouette it first

by Phil Wegner
(U.K.)

With most of the pictures I paint I always paint the main subject, whether it be an animal, ship, bridge or whatever as a black or very dark silhouette. Take a sailing ship for instance. I'll sketch it first,but only the main areas such as the sails, masts and hull then paint them all solid with black acrylic.


Next I would paint the sea area the same. This leaves the sky, which I would complete. What the black silhouettes allow,is that you can overlap your silhouettes and still see through your sky to paint your ship and to achieve nice clean lines against your sky. Naturally, it won't work on impasto style, though even with thicker paint you could still paint just over the edges.

Finally, I'd paint in the details such as the rigging, ropes etc. At the moment I'm painting a sailing ship and am photographing it at different stages so I could post it when complete if anyone's interested.

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Good tip!
by: Paintr

I find this tip very helpful! Thank you. I am trying that method right now.

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Painting a ship
by: Leon

I am also interested in seeing how to paint a sailing ship. It would help me if you do a progresive vidio. I am trying to paint an old saing ship going away in the moon light and am having dificulty with the horizon and the clouds around the moon. Awaiting your painting

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Step by step lesson
by: Anonymous

I am always interested to see how other people paint with acrylics.
There are very few step by step lessons for acrylic painting compared with watercolour.
Perhaps Bob Davies might give us some more.

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progressive pics
by: philip wegner

Found difficuly uploading on this page but have three pics on my page that might give you some idea.

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Great advice!
by: BettyR

I too am looking forward to your photos of the different stages.
Can't wait!

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shiloutte of boat
by: Martha

I am anxious to see the progression and the finished silhoutte of your boat.
Thanx.

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Interested??? Of COURSE I'm interested!!
by: JB

Yes indeedy...... I too like painting ships and am eagerly awaiting the progession of photos or video. You paint magic stuff!
I await with baited breath.

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Acrylic tip
by: Bernice

I would love to see a stage by stage instruction of this or better still, a video. I cant really understand what you are explaining...yes, I am having yet another senior moment. Its my age you know haha

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sorry no video
by: philip wegner

If you go to Marions' page and scroll down Anonymous there's a couple of ship pics that may help. I don't do videos though I'm now thinking of doing so.

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See it done
by: pboyt

Like most artists, I am very visual and like most AMATEUR artists, I don't have a clue what I'm doing. Would love to see the progression of your art. Somehow I am having a hard time with the idea of painting a white mast over a black background. Maybe I am not understanding properly. Smile

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video
by: Anonymous

Is it possible for you to give a video demonstration?

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Siloh's in stages
by: Phil

Not yet finished Marion,but more or less gives you an idea.

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Siloh's in stages
by: Phil

Not yet finished Marion,but more or less gives you an idea.

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silouette it first
by: Marion

I am intersested in your 'silouette it first', I would love to see some progresive pics on how to do it. XX

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