Shane Langbauer - Wiggle Workz
My medium of choice is oils, usually from the brands Rembrandt and Grumbacher Academy. I didn’t start out using oils, as I had always heard they were finicky and challenging, with a steep learning curve. The medium just sounded too intimidating! However, I always admired models finished in oil colors: they were bright and vibrant, with the most amazing buttery smooth shading and details. I remember stalking Jennifer Scott’s, Chris Flint’s, and Carol Williams’ studio pages and websites for little tips and tricks on how to use oil colors, which supplies to buy, and any little tidbit of information I could get my hands on. I collected all the tutorial books I could find, including Carol Williams’ Color Formulas and Techniques binder and Chris Flint’s painting guide. I studied these books closely, which helped me develop my own techniques for painting in oils.
|Covergirl resin painted by Shane Langbauer|
|Tater medallion painted by Shane Langbauer|
|Independence resin customized by Amanda Brock and painted by Shane Langbauer|
|Reflective medallion painted by Shane Langbauer|
Heather Bullach - Equine Confections Studio
The number one thing I love about oils is the ability to work in both directions with value, not just light to dark as you do with pastels (which I used for nine years prior to my switch). They just seemed so much more intuitive to me than the slow building of pastels, where it was difficult to go backwards if you veered off course or got too dark.
|Freddy resin painted by Heather Bullach|
|Whirlwind resin painted by Heather Bullach|
|Anise resin painted by Heather Bullach|
|Takeshi medallion painted by Heather Bullach|
Kimberly Bleecker – Total Imagine Equine
I have been painting since the '70s and have used all sorts of mediums, but have found oils work best for me. I really want that "live" flesh look and oils glow. Also, I have found I can get the true results with them. I do use acrylics on the hooves and white (except the roaning). I used to use oils on the hooves, but I get the same results with a water base and it's faster.
|Valentino resin painted by Kimberly Bleecker|
|Rose Reiner resin painted by Kimberly Bleecker|
|Uppenovah resin painted by Kimberly Bleecker|
Thanks again, Allie, Shane, Heather and Kimberly. We'll discuss pastels in the next post!