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Betta Magick Posted on 15 Aug 2015

Wylie Beckert: Betta Magick oil painting

Betta Magick, 5x7" oil, ink, and pencil on paper

Here's the latest piece for Every Day Original! The painting goes up for sale at 10am EST tomorrow (Sunday the 16th). If you've been looking to get your hands on one of my tiny paintings, now is a good time, since I'll be taking a sabbatical from my EDO posting for a few months in order to wrangle some looming deadlines.

For my last piece (until such time as I can return - hopefully soon!) I wanted to give myself a good send-off with a really cool image AND try something a little different process-wise. I've often said that I don't care what color my paintings are, and I really do mean it - I usually feel like most of my pieces are "finished" once the drawing is complete; while the additional layers of color make things pretty to look at, I can tweak the Color Balance sliders for any of my paintings, and get half a dozen new color schemes that I would be equally happy with.

Lately, I've been indulging my love of less saturated colors with my playing card series; I'll admit I was a little insecure setting up my beige-ish display at Spectrum Live amidst all the candy-colored fantasy art, but to my surprise, I got a ton of compliments on my subdued color palette.

With this painting, I wanted to experiment with a painted final that was truer to the initial pencil drawing. To avoid obscuring the graphite & white charcoal, I skipped my usual intermediate watercolor stage, and instead worked directly over the sealed pencil drawing in oils, keeping things as minimal as possible - just a couple of layers of sepia-toned glazing with a few bright highlights painted in.

I really like the end result - no colors to distract from the flow of the line art. I'm dying to try something like this on a larger scale.

Wylie Beckert: Betta Magick oil painting

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Jon Rockwell:

I was curious just how long is your process from start to finish for any given piece. From concept to the final product. You may mention it in your blog but I have not had the time to read all of it as of yet, so I thought I would ask. Also I know the question can very so I was think more along the lines of personal work.

10 Sep 2015 03:14 pm

Wylie Beckert:

It's hard to say how long the smaller pieces like this one take, since I work on them in spare minutes/hours between other projects. For a larger painting like my playing card pieces, though, I'd estimate around 8 hours of drawing/8 hours of painting, not including the (surprising amount of) time it takes to work out the concepts and thumbnails.

10 Sep 2015 05:17 pm

Jon Rockwell:

My goodness, you are drawing or painting non stop. That is amazing! I was guessing that the work load was heavy just never gave thought to the extent counting other works. Very eye opening, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to respond to my message.

10 Sep 2015 06:54 pm

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