The acrylic illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants, are getting closer to finished! I’m finding that illustrating “one thing” through the whole story… like their pup ‘Doggy Brown’… seems to help keep the colours consistent throughout.
I’ve been using Reeves acrylics so far, but find that they dry too quickly to be able to blend smoothly the skin tones, so I’m trying out some new acrylics called Atelier Interractive (which have the A.P. Non-toxic seal, read more about deciphering art supply health labels on the next post ), they can be reconstituted with water for about 24 hours… and they are such a help with working with skin tones that need to be smooth, they make blending a dream. They dry with a matte finish as well, which doesn’t leave that plasticy shiny finish the other acrylics do.
Probably because I’m still getting used to them I still find I prefer painting with oils, but with being preggers I want to avoid sitting in a room of fumey oil paints & thinners … and since it’s a little too cold to paint outside while we’re still in the middle of winter here in Adelaide, I’m going to stretch myself and illustrate the entire story from here on in acrylic.
© Heather Castles / Elizabeth Austin