OIL BE BACK Fantasy illustrator Jeff Miracola follows up his DVD on acrylics by tackling the most challenging media of them all…
Publisher Three Points Publishing Price $50 Format DVD/download Web www.threepointspublishing.com
Anyone who’s thought about trying traditional paint media will have a view about oil painting. In the follow-up to his DVD on painting with acrylics (reviewed in issue 142), Jeff Miracola sets out to make getting into oil painting as simple as possible. And if that doesn’t tempt you, how about this lovely dragon…?
Impressive as Jeff’s dragon is, it’s just there for him to guide you through every stage of creating a finished oils piece. It soon becomes clear that it’s a long process, with much patience required. Jeff admits there’s always a stage where the painting looks wrong, but you have to remember you’re laying the foundations for success to come later. Indeed, his patient layering of effects over each element in the painting eventually pays off.
Continuing the format from Jeff’s first Fantasy Art Workshop, his walk- through of the painting stages is punctuated with short practical guides. These are essential to watch in the case of oils because of the safety issues: Jeff does a great job of explaining the risks of using solvents and oil-based media while showing how simple it is to control those risks with straightforward measures. You’ll also learn about the range of brush types, other tools for painting with, glazing and much more.
A disc full of extras adds further detail, including a valuable section on how to prepare your board; but it’s the main feature you’ll return to repeatedly, as you absorb all the basics you need to get started on the biggest painting adventure of your life.
The DVD version plays on your home entertainment system (as long as it supports NTSC video playback, which most modern DVD players and TVs do) or a computer with a DVD drive.
In his second Fantasy Art Workshop, Jeff Miracola reveals the basics you need to start painting with oils, including tools and techniques. Jeff explores design issues such as repeating motifs and how the shape of different elements conveys a personality. Jeff gets started with his underpainting. Note the gloves, worn to stop skin absorbing any chemicals from the paints or solvents.