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How I Start

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demo7 demo8

These are all acrylic washes or glazes.

Once one color is dry I glaze over with another.

I’ve added oil to the the last two (below). I personally like #5 & 6 but kept going because it’s a demo.




Written by Bob Martin

August 17, 2007 at 9:20 pm

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  1. Beautiful how you paint the real color in skin.


    August 18, 2007 at 8:21 am

  2. wow! this is fabulous and a great demo. its a lot like watercolours the adding layers with each glaze. and it’s good to know that oil can be added in at the very end too. i’m planning to try this out as two separate experiments. thank you very very much.


    August 19, 2007 at 6:28 am

  3. Hi and Thanks Aly.

    Bob Martin

    August 19, 2007 at 10:54 am

  4. Ujwala
    Thanks, this was fun for me. I’ve never done a demo like this before. It’s how I paint, but I’ve never took note of the process.

    Have fun.

    Bob Martin

    August 19, 2007 at 11:00 am

  5. Thanks for sharing the process. Now that I’m working more in oils it’s great to see this idea of using acrylics for getting started. It makes perfect sense and the bright colored underpainting adds vibrancy to the final painting. I like the last one best myself, but I see why you’d like the second to last. I’ve been doing one portrait over and over trying to get it…maybe tomorrow!

    Jana Bouc

    August 19, 2007 at 11:55 pm

  6. Hi Jana,
    I like this process. It gives me freedom.

    Bob Martin

    August 20, 2007 at 7:33 am

  7. Bob,

    Enjoyed this post very much. You have great talent.


    Sunil Gangadharan

    August 24, 2007 at 6:25 am

  8. Hi and thanks Sunil. Looking back at this post reminds me of something I was told a long time ago. ” Be the Best Bob Martin you can be”

    Bob Martin

    August 25, 2007 at 5:26 am

  9. wish I can be your student…


    August 30, 2007 at 12:02 am

  10. aminsalm, thanks for visiting. I love your drawings! Do you know these two sites
    Also thanks for the comment. I don’t teach painting now, but maybe one day.

    Bob Martin

    August 31, 2007 at 5:01 pm

  11. yes and all the sketch blogs..they are good and my reason to get up to work every morning..


    September 2, 2007 at 7:09 pm

  12. […] 5th, 2007 by Bob Martin This is how I completed the demo in an earlier post. I dropped the hairline a bit and narrowed and sadden his eyes. I started to […]

  13. […] is the end product of a demo I posted on another site. The process I used was to do a series of acrylic washes until I thought I […]

  14. […] in acrylic and then add oil until Bob Martin suggested it. He helped me immensely by making a demo and posting a step-by-step to illustrate his process. I have to thank him for this piece. You can […]

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    February 10, 2008 at 8:21 am

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