“She knew she had to leave on the double. She wasn’t sure how it was working out.”

work in progress: acrylic paint on Tyvek house wrap

I’m working on some new things for comics. Happy Illustration Friday!


Rotten Fruit

Another Spark 8 Response – the second of three. This is an oil painting on canvas. A Vanitas with old fruit. Oil on canvas, pen and ink, etc.


Acrylic Paint versus Oil Paint versus Watercolor

Since I’m not teaching this term, I’ve been exploring painting (more) and comparing oil painting to using acrylics to using watercolor. I’ve spent at least one evening a week using oils for the past six weeks or so. Which is to say, I still know very little about oil painting.

Oil Paint

  • Expensive
  • Takes FOREVER to dry. Because of this, I think it’s messy. No matter how careful I am, I always get it on my teeth
  • Toxic
  • Requires a lot of planning
  • Dries shiny, depending on how much medium is used

Acrylic Paint

  • Cheap
  • Dries VERY quickly
  • Plastic
  • Forgiving
  • Dries shiny, unless matte medium is added, or it’s watered down


  • Sorta Cheap
  • Dries quickly with a blow drier
  • Nice color saturation
  • Pain in the ass. Requires a lot of skill and patience
  • Dries flat, not shiny at all

(I’m still working on this one)

It can be nice that oil paint stays wet. I’ve noticed that I can spend a lot of time mixing colors with no penalty, and I tend to get closer to what I’m looking at with oil paint. On the other hand, I don’t have very much time to paint/make art/draw/mix colors, so I appreciate that acrylics dry quickly – I build layers super fast. And I can’t really build watercolor layers…it reactivates once wet and runs.

A value study


Some of my favorite things. Especially the book. Painted with iPhone.

In progress

I $%^& dropped it right after taking this picture. I haven’t swept the barn in weeks. So, there was a lot of schmuz stuck in the paint, which I worked out with a palette knife. If this was acrylic, there would have been no problem.

So far, I still prefer acrylic, then watercolor, then oil. As I become more skilled in what I’m trying to accomplish, I may appreciate oil  painting more. But, I doubt it. It gets on my teeth.



For this week’s Illustration Friday prompt, subterranean. Acrylic on illustration board, hastily made.

Or, depending on your point of view:


Blue Woman

These are some sketches (the last two literally sketched and painted in a sketchbook). All very rough,  I’m still just messing around with paint. The first two below go together – the second is kind of a close-up detail of the first one and hints at the  story.

The last two are sketches for other ones. Acrylics are making my sketchbooks a lot more interesting. And I learn something every time I touch a brush.

I’m feeling a little more confident with the pen nibs, although I need a better way to clean them.

All this lounging is making me sleepy, soooo – goodnight!


Bump in the Night

More acrylic, gloppy fun at 5×7.  It kind of makes me want to change my name to Clancy Frankenbacon.

This is a scan, and since acrylics are shiny (aye, shiny), I find it almost impossible to capture.