Sharp-Focus Realism in Oil By Nick Baxter

Sharp-Focus Realism in Oil By Nick Baxter
Sharp-Focus Realism in Oil By Nick Baxter

Initially when I thought about ordering Nick Baxter’s book I was hesitant to, this phenomenal artist creates paintings with such color and realism I thought it would be a waste of money on my behalf, after all I may have done two paintings my entire life and they were in acrylic to which oil is an entirely different animal. After reading, it gave me a sense of motivation to not only keep painting in acrylic but he took the mystique out of oils to where I wanted to drop as much free income into the supplies I needed to dive into his realistic style of oil painting.

Filled with a ton of useful information that broke oil painting down into its simplistic form from prepping your canvas to layering techniques in a concise, structured model it can give anyone beginning to advance a different insight into this art form. I’m not going to give too much information about the knowledge found within this book just because its one of those books that second hand information myself or anyone else would give you couldn’t do it any justice, it’s a must read and definitely needs to be part of your library.

Pros: very detailed, common sense approach to oil painting, easy to follow instructions.

Cons: none really other than if you don’t already have supplies for painting that can get pretty expensive especially with quality items.

I gave it a 10/10

Tatu Derm

Tatu Derm Review from Tattoo Radar

Professional Tattoo Aftercare Product Review: Tatu Derm

The Product: Tatu-Derm Aftercare

The Review:

First having seen this roll of adhesive futuristic stuff at Hell City in 2008, I was pretty impressed with the presentation and conceptual idea of the thing. I did not stick around to see the tattoo that was on “demo” heal. I did not try it out myself. I recently picked up a roll of this stuff for about $20.00 from Eikon. I want to let you know that it has a dual purpose. If you use EMLA or a pain management topical, this stuff is really helpful in ensuring proper absorption and quicker / easier than plastic wrap. Now for the actual real life intended purpose of this stuff, I know there is a lot of debate about using plastic wraps, dry healing, after care yadda yadda yadda… My typical rant to my clients is to use some A&D lightly for first few days then as needed after that. I decided to test the tatu-derm on a portrait tattoo on my wife’s thigh. I did mostly large mag work with black and gray pigments. I would not say that I ran the machines super light, but it was typical tattoo style for me. My wife has a difficult time healing on her legs as well (from previous tattoos experience). We were skeptical with the tatu derm, but we did think that at a minimum it would prevent some pigment from staining the bed sheets the first night or two.

I have to say that it healed very fast with the tatu-derm. She barely put any aftercare product on the tattoo, she said it felt like it was healed the 2nd day. I checked it out, and it was kind of dried out, but I believe she left it on longer than the recommended timeline, but it was very soft and smooth and pretty much healed. I really think I have to experiment with it some more, but I think there is a lot of room for incorporating it into the tattoo process for your client. Maybe not having them use it for a week, but just enough for two days or so. I think it takes a lot of guess work out as far as if the client is taking care of it. It does what it says, and it keeps it the right moistness / dryness. I think I like it, but I have to play with it some more.

The PROS: Easy to apply, overlapping sheets actually works, seems to aid in healing process

The CONS: if you wanted to give your client some to take home – you have to peel it off the roll first, and it can get a bit complex.

Should you buy it: I am going to have to say yes, go get some – for twenty bucks you can’t go wrong. Play with it a bit and see for yourself.

The Rating: 7/10