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Painting Tutorial: The Rider by PinkParasol Painting Tutorial: The Rider by PinkParasol
A tutorial for my most recent piece, "The Rider". I hope this is easy to follow and that it will help to explain my work flow, as well as possibly be a learning tool for someone out there. I tried to document the process each evening I worked on it. Unfortunately, it ended up taking awhile to finish since I had to take some time to let it dry between layers. Hopefully, this will help someone!

Here is the final image: [link]

A special thanks to:
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oils/acrylics/charcoal on canvas
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:iconwoodland-mel:
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Wow, thank you for this. I've just gotten into painting again and would love to try this technique one day.
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sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, this is very informative - I really enjoyed reading it.
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:iconx-diego:
x-diego Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It works for me......
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Tsubakini Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how much the character on the horse changes in the process, first it looks like an female indian, then a male indian, than a male roman soldier, then a mix between the two....kinda confused as what he's supposed to be?
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HaZel07 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
wow! i can't believe you changed so much throughout the whole painting! in my opinion everything you changed would have led to a gorgeous result xD
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:iconlittle-white-wolf:
Little-White-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   Photographer
Wow...just...wow...
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:icondebonniez:
DeBonniez Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that's a wonderful job.. I love it! :D
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:iconkiraaa:
kiraaa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student General Artist
This was very helpful. I love your artwork and it is refreshing to see some traditional artwork on Deviantart.
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:icondoodlelisyozo:
doodlelisyozo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Student
wow :)
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:iconcyn-alucard:
Cyn-Alucard Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student General Artist
the level of detail you have is amazing. I like this finished painting and the two with the women and the fish very much.
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Shrinkhead13 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Increadible beautiful and halpful^^
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:iconnickillus:
Nickillus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent stuff, PinkParasol. Invaluable information and a great image at the end of it.
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irethkalt Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning painting, and thanks for letting us in on your process. I didn't know you could use acrylics for the underpainting of oils, that is very interesting...I have used a drying medium with oils for underpaintings, it makes the washes dry much faster, but perhaps not as fast as acrylics.
Hehe, I'm kind of amazed that the rider went through so many transformations. Also, I love the mountains. :D
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Hanni-Elfe Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Thank you for this tutorial itīs really helpful for me :)
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
All praise has been given before me, but I just wanted to chime in with a tip that might help you quicken the underdrawing/painting stages. After the charcoal/pencil on canvas, spray it with workable fixative. You won't lose the values and you won't pick up charcoal in your paints.
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Thanks so much! That's a really good idea. My paints became sooo muddy when they were mixed with the charcoals.
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:iconevanjensen:
evanjensen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a quick modern fix. I think the old masters used a really thin varnish.
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MetallicSunset Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Uh... HOW :O
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
^_^
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:icongakelu:
Gakelu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and amazing, thank you for sharing. Fave now!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Aw, thank you!
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:iconi4beauty:
I4beauty Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
i appreciate the steps being easy to understand. nice tutorial (and background)!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Thank you! I'm so glad you found it helpful ^_^
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:iconvampiressartist:
Vampiressartist Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
MY GOD! :jawdrop:

This is amazing! You are such a genius to create something so amazing with paint! And to create such a detailed tutorial! Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I'm so glad you like it! Thank you!
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Thank you for sharing! I'm just now starting to use oils and this is very helpful. :aww:
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I'm so glad to hear that! Thank you so much ^_^
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komozeck Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
so much change huh-speacially on rider but this right changes makes it perfect.well done my friend :)


and horse-so smiliar from the start...you love horses ,dont you?
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Haha, yes... lots of change! I am a very indecisive painter! And yes... I do love painting horses ^_^
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:iconkomozeck:
komozeck Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
i cant blame you im a very indecisive person after all :)
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LGM1415 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
amazing!!!
so perfect!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Thank you ^_^
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LGM1415 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
:D
You're welcome!
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:icontoegar:
toegar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info. I've never really tried paint to this degree...very insightful.
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Yay! I am so glad you found this useful.
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:icontoegar:
toegar Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I did! Thanks again.
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natalie-bedell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
the rider seemed to change a few times, no?
all in all, a very educational deviation.
very awesome.
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Thanks! Yeah, I couldn't decide what to do with him ^^
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:iconpickledalice:
PickledAlice Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This is very helpful I wish i had ran across it before i started my painting class!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Thank you so much! I'm glad you found it useful ^_^
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
I've been so afraid of trying oils for a long time. I'm so very used to translucent media and the price of oils and materials, but it seems like it's gotten much more reasonable over the years. I may have to refer to this when I finally get off my bum and drag out some of the blank canvases gathering dust in my basement.

Really groovy tutorial here. I didn't realize you could mix acrylics and oils. Seems like it'd make it a bit easier if you're detailing mainly with acrylic and only adding the finishing touches with oil? I'd be curious to know the proportion of using one over the other for your paintings. (ie. if you use more acrylics in the picture than oils?)

I'm totally looking forward to your next tut! I hope you're doing one for pencils too:D
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
When you mix the oils with linseed oil it helps to make them a lot thinner and more translucent. Also, be sure to never put acrylics on top of oils...only the other way around! Nothing ever really goes on top of oils. But making an acrylic base really helps to speed things up, I have found ^_^
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
I will definitely keep that in mind. Thanks for the info!
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beachrain Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Thank you!
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Wooooo! YOu are so talented! I love it!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Aw ^_^ Thank you as always!
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:iconryshu:
ryshu Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is awesome! Not only helpful but also interesting to see how another artist works. Very cool to watch the development of the horseback rider, too. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconpinkparasol:
PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
I am so glad you found it useful! Thank you, Ryan ^_^
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theautumngallery Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Fantastic tutorial - how long did the process take? Thanks for posting this, it's fascinating and amazing to see the amount of work that goes into your painting :D

Great piece, too- it doesn't look like it is an unfamiliar subject for you ;)
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