Michael Shapcott: Painting An Exotic Lady

A very different colorful and energetic intro leads you this mixed medium painting demonstration where artist Michael Shapcott works into his canvas with a variety of brushes, sponges, inks, pencil, acrylics and oils to create a portrait of a young exotic lady.

He delivers with energy and enthusiasm for his subject matter and begins with a medium paint brush by gathering all the outlines of the face and the the facial features themselves before moving on to developing tones and a soft color palette to begin under painting the face. He use a small round brush in an almost dry application to gather intensity and high quality detailing for the eyes on a close-up camera shot to allow you to see how he moves the brush to gather a realistic impression of an eye.

For his larger areas like the surrounding head scarf he uses a large sponge to get a very quick yet even finish which as an added bonus dries much quicker allowing you to work into the paint with greater detail without having to wait like you would expect from a much thicker coat.

The video is time lapsed and offers the viewer much to look at and learn but ultimately shows how a variety of different mediums with very different properties can work together to create something very detailed and eye catching on canvas. So get your kit and get creative.

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    1. i love your choice in music. anyway, i have an account on dA, and I usually love to use inks because they act alot like water colors but have a much brighter value. but, now that i am out of school I do not have access to ink, or art stores that sell the right ink i am looking for. as i watch your videos, i notice that you use a type of paint and water it down then layer it as you go. do you layer the acrylic? and what kind of paper are you using?

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    2. First of all I love your work! What kind of pencil do you use to layout your drawing on the canvas? Do you spray it with something to keep it from bleeding before you paint? What kind of paint do you use? I have such a hard time blending. Anyways, keep it up and I love your personallity. Keep true to yourself.

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    3. First of all I love your work! What kind of pencil do you use to layout your drawing on the canvas? Do you spray it with something to keep it from bleeding before you paint? What kind of paint do you use? I have such a hard time blending. Anyways, keep it up and I love your personallity. Keep true to yourself.

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    4. Hey there, I’m Teri and I’m a brand new fannnn!I’m trying to develop my own painting skills and I’m absolutely enamored with your style, I was wondering if you water down your acrylics and use them like makeshift watercolors or if they ARE watercolors? Either way it’s really inspiring and I’d love to try my hand at a similar style!

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    5. Hey Michael, great job man! Im glad you decided to back out of the yellow. I think the colors you settled with work much better for her face. I gotta say I really love your outlook and vision with your work. You inspire me to become a better artist myself…You have a real passion for your art and it just bleeds out of you so naturally! Thanks for the wonderful video!

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    6. Hey Michael, great job man! Im glad you decided to back out of the yellow. I think the colors you settled with work much better for her face. I gotta say I really love your outlook and vision with your work. You inspire me to become a better artist myself…You have a real passion for your art and it just bleeds out of you so naturally! Thanks for the wonderful video!

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