This is a commissioned portrait I just finished of the entertainer, Zakk Wylde...
It was painted/airbrushed on a 12" x 16" canvas.
I used Createx Wicked acrylics and Createx Illustration paints

Rough Sketch on the canvas

Masked off and the background was airbrushed

Defining the base color tones for the painting

Final color tones and detailed face and beard

Detail of the beard

I used a knife point to scratch in the lighter details

The scratch marks were then tinted with a thin wash

The face highlights were done using an electric eraser

Every hair was under painted, scratched and then tinted - it took quite awhile.

The end result

It was a complex painting to do and, due to the relatively small canvas, quite a challenge to complete.

The new owner loves it and that's all that matters in the end.

Cheers - Dallas

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You are awesome Dallas...lol

Thank You, Pat

Pat said:

You are awesome Dallas...lol

WOW Dallas, Its amazing, your work is so minutely detailed, and I always find your process fascinating, thanks for sharing, all the best

Thank You, Jess... the transition from this painting is to a big painting of a steam locomotive... it will be a lot of work., but I'm looking forwards to it.. Cheers

Jess said:

WOW Dallas, Its amazing, your work is so minutely detailed, and I always find your process fascinating, thanks for sharing, all the best

What a great job!  It must take a steady hand to airbrush and air erase.  What did you use to mask off with?

Thank you, Eleanor..
The only masking I used on this painting was painter's tape...I used it to mask out the head so I could paint the background.
From there it was all done freehand, without any further masking.

The airbrush does require a steady hand. I found that, if you relax your grip on the airbrush, it works better. The tighter you hold it, the more you tend to shake. I spent many hours practicing how to use it. I love them, they allow you to do textures and blends that are near impossible using a conventional paint brush.

Cheers

Eleanor Van De Bogart said:

What a great job!  It must take a steady hand to airbrush and air erase.  What did you use to mask off with?

I am speechless with your art Dallas just speechless beautiful 

Thank you for your advice!

AWESOME!!!

A GREAT PIECE INDEED!

Dallas your attention to detail is so precise and incredible.  The owner of this art could be nothing but ecstatic.  

Beautiful work.

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