There’s so much to learn when you’re slinging paint and pencil, so here’s the fifth installment in my new monthly segment, Muddy Colors: Art Tip of the Month with Jeff Miracola. Each of my short videos will share a handy tip to help you create magnificent art.
My art tip this month is: Saving Time Using Oil Paper
When you’re under deadline to deliver an oil painting or you just want to bypass the prep work and get to the painting stages quicker, consider oil paper. It’s a handy product that can speed up your oil painting process.
Jeff began his career in 1993 as a freelance illustrator for many role-playing/collectible card game companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Upper Deck, Blizzard, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games, FASA Corporation, and more. Some other clients include Electronic Arts, Target, Hasbro, Scholastic, Immedium, and Warner Bros.
Jeff’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and his art and tutorials featured in publications such as Advanced Photoshop, Expose, and ImagineFX magazines. Jeff is a Silver Medal Winner in Spectrum: the Best in Fantastic Art and was the 2011 Guest of Honor at GenCon, the longest running gaming convention in the world.
Jeff is very passionate about sharing his knowledge of art techniques through his popular YouTube channel, which currently boasts more than 31,000 subscribers and 1.5 million views. His feature-length art instruction DVD series for Fantasy Art Workshop received rave reviews from ImagineFX Magazine, Video Librarian, and more.
When Jeff isn’t creating art for himself or clients, he loves to travel and work out with his wife, with whom he has three children.
Great tip, thanks!
Been meaning to try this stuff out for studies, glad to see you covered it Jeff!
This was a HUGE time saver for myself as well. I printed my drawings in a sepia tone on Strathmore papers then went to work.
Are you using a special printer for that? Or will it go through a normal home office printer?
Thats pretty cool. I've been looking for some oil paper. when you print your sketch on the paper did you have to use a special printer or can i use any normal inkjet printer
A normal inkjet printer works just fine. I used a Canon inkjet printer that can accommodate 13″x19″ sheets of paper. Worked like a charm 🙂
Do most clients really accept work done on paper? I'm curious. I would have thought that clients would insist on something more durable…? what has been your experience?
That paper is specially made for oil painting, meaning the oil of the paint will not make the paper rot away. If handled like artwork, it will last a very long time.