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Personal piece, 10.25 x 14.25 inches, oil on plexiglass, 2012. Also, I tend to receive many questions about working on plexiglass when I post those pieces, so:

I prime the plexiglass with two coats of acrylic gesso applied moderately heavy with a pallet knife. I don't generally sand. Once gessoed, the surface is opaque and not meant to be viewed backlit. The texture is similar to working on wood panels (primed the same way) but a little bit slicker. I first used plexi as a surface simply because I had some handy and thought I'd try it for studies. The feel was pretty good and, along with the fact that it is light weight, does not warp, and is thin but durable (so easy to store), I still will use it whenever I happen to have some laying around.
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darkhoarder Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
it make me wonder if it is archival? I don't think it is but awesome nonetheless. Amazing style. I am so glad the work has not all gone digital!
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bit sad looking but beautifull nonetheless :)
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:iconrhi-raven97:
Rhi-Raven97 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i've got to try the plexiglass! is there a way you can do it but allow it to be back lit? also, amazing work! I love this piece :D
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I'd imagine it might be possible but it would be a completely different sort of painting technique
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:iconrhi-raven97:
Rhi-Raven97 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I told my teacher about the idea and she gave me some thin really nice sheets. I'm going to try it with lots of medium and see if I can get it slightly translucent :)
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:iconkirenbagchee:
KirenBagchee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the harsh brush strokes, amazing work :)
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks!
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:iconsupermarioart:
supermarioART Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!Great!;-)
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks!
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:iconsupermarioart:
supermarioART Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome man!;-)
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks!
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure and thanks for the accept :love:
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:icondimrasha:
DimRasha Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
amazing!!!!
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks!
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:icondimrasha:
DimRasha Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
very welcome!!! :)
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:iconelfaki:
elfaki Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
This work is amazing! the colors are fantastic and the visibility of the brush strokes is stunning!

I have a question depending on the gesso you use. what is the binder and the inorganic substance and how well does it "stick" to the smooth surface of the plexiglass, because of the acrylic nature of it. Do you use carve lines on the plexiglass for better adhession of the gesso layers? (sorry for asking but I'm studying to be an art conservator and your technique is very interesting to me)
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks! Not sure the technical details, but I use Liquitex gesso and it seems to stick just fine without needing any scoring/sanding
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:iconsurehuinel:
Surehuinel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   General Artist
Feature! [link]
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks!
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:iconsurehuinel:
Surehuinel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   General Artist
My pleasure!
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:iconyikyik:
YikYik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
It's almost ridiculous how you can make something look so good and detailed with such a ... how to put it... splashy painting style. :D Awesome!
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks!
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:iconyikyik:
YikYik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
You're welcome! :)
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:icondeltabluez:
DeltaBluez Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   General Artist
Oh she is gorgeous. I love her horns. Uggh you got mad skills.
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
thanks!
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:iconryuksiner:
Ryuksiner Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
In there tounge she is Domakeen Demon born!

XD haha
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
;)
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:iconmikeyakovlev:
MikeYakovlev Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
How do you get such high res shots of your oild paintings?
Just a really good lighting setup with camera?
or
Scan it in on a huge scanner?
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I prefer to photograph rather than scan. It's either or for a small study, but no way I'm going to scan a 3x4 foot painting on heavy panel in little tiny sections, so generally I just shoot everything. Plus, I can shoot it while wet or freshly varnished. You should be able to see the camera metadata to the right of the image (I think?) with the aperture, exposure, etc. Those settings are my standard for photographing paintings. I use a pair of soft boxed photo strobes for lighting and usually I'll need to do a bit of cleaning in photoshop to pick out dust and specks which caught glare
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:iconmikeyakovlev:
MikeYakovlev Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting.
Do you go back in and manipulate any lighting/tones in Photoshop before final upload?
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I'll try my best to accurately balance the colors and levels, give it a little bit of unsharp mask, basically just tweak it up and get it looking nice and sharp and punchy and as true to the original as I can. On darker paintings I often have to do more work because they tend to throw alot of glare (especially big dark paintings, Fed was a bitch). I've also tried shooting with a polarizing filter to cut glare, but it also demands more light and I'm not quite sure in the end that it does much significantly to help
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:iconmikeyakovlev:
MikeYakovlev Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for not only answering my first question but also my follow up. Also thanks for going into the important details.
This type of information I really need to know for my own pieces.
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jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'd also like to know this.
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:iconmtb-x:
MTB-X Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
working on plexiglass sounds interesting. could also play with the effect with light from the back if the color isn't to thick.
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
after the gesso goes on, very little light can get through. I have seen some more abstractly painted work on velum which was displayed over light boxes that had cool effects though
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Work!!
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
thanks!
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:iconsourisdesbois:
sourisdesbois Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, once again!
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
thanks!
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:iconmathiaszamecki:
MathiasZamecki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i really like the sculptural feeling :)
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
thanks!
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
thanks!
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:iconsmz-tampu:
sMz-tampu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
wow!!
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:icondavepalumbo:
davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
thanks!
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have never thought of using plexi. Good point on all qualities of such a ground.

I absolutely love the style of painting that you use here. And the way that the back ground of the painting lets the imagination get into gear. Wonderful!
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davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
thanks!
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RichardPace Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lovely piece!

Thanks for the info on painting on plexi -- I've some film I've been meaning to do some studies on since I heard about using that at conceptart, but this sounds like a very cool option for larger works.
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davepalumbo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
sure thing, thanks!
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