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.
Angelo Grisafi is one of the better known portrait artists in the U.S. in this instructional DVD he goes through his process of applying pigment to an already mapped out stencil that was applied to the customer. throughout the tattooing he describes his machines, needle throw, and depth of needles he uses in order to achieve certain values.
One unique thing he also teaches is instead of using washes he utilizes different blacks from various manufactures in order to achieve the same tonal values that you would if you were to use washes, this cuts out the guess work of having to study how other artists wash their black since there are several different ways to achieve this.
After the tattoo in the DVD’s menu he takes you through how he chooses the values out of the reference and also a way to simplify your reference by not concentrating on the overall face itself but on shapes created with shadows, much like a paint by number canvas.
Pros: an actually good entry-level video for someone who wants to explore getting into tattoo portraiture, gives very simplified techniques to get your portraiture career going, made for the artist who has had a formal apprenticeship and well versed in basic techniques.
Cons: application of pigment is simplified (which is good) however with the use of several blacks for someone who hasn’t had the opportunity to try the ink Angelo recommends (or using various black inks as opposed to washes in general) or understanding of needle depth can very easily over darken the portrait.
When it comes to instructional DVD’s there’s many out there for all levels of expertise, from the apprentice learning about sterilization and blood borne pathogens to a seasoned artist trying to gain proficiency in advanced techniques. The New: Tattooing Dia De Los Muertos Color Portraits by Nikko Hurtado of Hesperia, Ca falls into the latter category.
A great follow-up from his initial :Tattooing Portraits by Nikko Hurtado, this DVD takes you into a more in-depth look at how Nikko designs, preps, applies his stencil and applies his updated color pallet to a Female Day of the Dead portrait.
When I pre-ordered my copy I read the synopsis of the disk and understood that it was going to be similar to his first DVD to where he sped up the video for the sake of the viewer, but to my surprise upon watching it some of the tattoo was done in real-time and where you can see the speed at which Nikko tattoos, a pleasant surprise especially if you haven’t attended a convention to watch him in person. Just being able to view real-time color application of this master of color tattooing helps give an artist trying to break into this style of color realism, volumes of information.
Pros: Shows Nikko using coil machines rather than Neuma’s,
Has real-time tattooing speed, shows a different color pallet.
Cons: would have liked to see the whole thing in real-time.
I recommend purchasing this DVD to add to your library.