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Cap

I could say lots of things about Captain America, but I will say this: Marvel and Chris Evans has nailed it completely. But it took a few movies to get him right, in my mind. He was just too damn squeaky clean to the point of being a male Mary Sue, early on.

So, I finally painted him.

Starting on black canvas and using chalk, I laid out the composition and then got going.

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Painting for me, right now, consists of lots of layers of colours, building up to get to the final product. A sense of depth comes not only from use of lines, but also from colour. Shadows are never flat. Highlights are never one colour. When I paint I start with tones and layer up and down to get that mix.

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You can see above, where colours are building. Oranges, yellows, blues and even greens go on in thinner and thinner washes. Once I’m past the underpainting stage, I start mixing my paint with matte medium to thin it out without reducing the life of the paint. I end up with translucent colours, the same as if I mixed the paint with water, but because I am using an acrylic medium, the painting will last.

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“Cap”

20″ x 16″

Acrylic on canvas

Want prints or the original?  Go to my shop here, or contact me directly. I love it when my art finds a good home.

I’m currently in the midst of a 30 Paintings, 30 Days challenge! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to see the action as it happens. Want more info? You can check out the challenge here.