Watercolor, Acrylic and digital Art.
Painting is creating shapes by painting various color materials including paints on canvas or paper. Therefore, studying the properties of colors and paints can help you a lot in drawing. Color is determined by the perception of light reflected from an object by our eyes. For example, my favorite blue paint is not blue, but rather absorbs colors other than blue and reflects only blue, resulting in blue to our eyes.
In conclusion, since the color of paint is determined by what color it reflects, the more colors it reflects, the brighter it gets and the less it reflects, the darker it gets. Also, when two colors are mixed, the color absorbed is doubled, so it is inevitably dark or cloudy. Paints are made up of a colorant, which means a pigment or dye, and a medium and some additives. The colorant determines the color of the paint and adjusts the density with the constitution, and the medium determines the properties of the paints such as watercolor and oil paints.
If you study the properties of these paints, you will be able to handle the materials more easily. In addition, painters constantly study and explore the habits of these materials and experiment to fuse them into their own styles. As an artist, I like to try various mediums. And as it was in the past, now and of course in the future, the quest for these materials will continue like a kind of play.
As a part of that meaning, I selected my personal favorite works and other candidates in the order of material, namely, watercolor, acrylic, and media art, of the paintings I've drawn over the past 10 years.
First of all, the first painting I chose was, of course, the candle painting. It is a painting that conveys the confidence that I can express the temperature of an object with watercolor paint. Most of all, it is most meaningful to me that I tried a $1 watercolor paint that was difficult to show in good quality due to the low concentration of pigment, rather than professional watercolor paint.
Below are also works painted with watercolor paints for $1. I have selected 6 of our favorite pieces from among the works that contain technique research and new attempts.
2. Acrylic paint
It was the first ingredient I tried and I am still enjoying it. I chose acrylic because it is durable, dries quickly and gives a good texture. In particular, it is very good to express the vitality and movement of an object with the advantage of being able to leave the flow and marks of the brush on the canvas.
The selected picture below is the picture titled Overcome. I got the idea that the tree is the one that has the body history of overcoming pain and difficulties over the years, and I wanted to draw the viability of the tree. Acrylic is a good material for expressing this rough, strong and magnificent energy. This feeling has nothing to do with the size of the canvas.
Compared to watercolor paints, acrylic paints are easier to express strong and dynamic energy. Above all, the feeling of acrylic or oil paints is clearly different when you see them up close. I call these two mediums the sculptural works that paint can create. For example, if you haven't seen Van Gogh's work up close, you probably won't understand what this means. Acrylic or oil painting adds to the dramatic fun created by the shiny and dark areas depending on the layer, texture, and viewing angle of the paint. That's why I recommend seeing the works up close if possible.
3. Digital Art Digital art
The digital art is my preferred medium when I do not have enough time, but when I want to express the inspiration in my head. When I have no affordance to take out the paint or put it away, or take the paint and paint it one by one with a brush, digital makes what I want to express something at once.
And digital is a field of experimentation that allows me to go through a lot of trial and error without worrying about the cost of canvas or paints.
For digital art like this, I mainly draw on a tablet through the Adobe suits. The picture below is one of my favorite digital art pieces. It comforted me meanwhile I experienced a shutdown for the first time in my life at the peak of the pandemic.
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Myungja Anna Koh