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ESB 30th Anniversary Preview 3 by MarkRaats ESB 30th Anniversary Preview 3 by MarkRaats
Finally scraped together the time to get the last of these done…

The last small preview from my finished Empire Strikes Back (30th Anniversary) artwork

Acrylic Paint and Colored Pencil on MDF board
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uncannyman Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
how thick is the MDF board that you use Mark? and what primer/gesso do you use?
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Hi Trace --

I generally use 6mm board. I don't prime it or Gesso the surface because I prefer it in its natural state. I should say that MDF seems to be different around the world because some folk have told me that the MDF they have has a wax-like finish on the surface.

The MDF I purchase in Australia doesn't have that wax finish, its actually got a nice tooth which the paint sticks to perfectly...
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uncannyman Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
okay.. I'm considering working with it in oils so I would need to prime it?! How does it hold up to moisture/humidity?
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
I have no idea how oils would work with it but I suspect you would need to prime it first which would in my opinion take away the most important characteristic - the golden color of the board especially when the finished painting is varnished.

Moisture and humidity. The board certainly holds up to washes and light applications of water but I wouldn't go overboard. During the summer months here its especially hot and humid (110degrees with 80-90% humidity) and the board isn't effected in the least. Actually, I find the Prismacolor pencils with their wax base are effected the most simply because they go quite soft in the heat.

Obviously, all of these observations are regarding the board I get here and I can't speak for MDF purchased elsewhere. Experiment and play first, that way you can feel your way around and decide if its actually a surface you would like to work with - its not everyone's surface of choice.

Best of luck
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uncannyman Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks Mark!
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k-h116 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Great job looks amazing
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Cheers Kris - good of you to take the time.
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PickleMunkey Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bloody brilliant, as always. I love what you do with acrylic, sir.

Do you have a favourite character that you love drawing and painting more than others?
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
LOL… Cheers Travis my friend.. I'm glad you feel the splashes and scribbles work for you!

Actually, I'm a little Star Wars burned out so ANYTHING other than Han, Luke et al, would be good at this time.. :D
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PickleMunkey Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha that's entirely understandable!
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KileyBeecher Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! VERY nice! How long does it take to complete a piece? Great job!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Cheers mate.. Actually its hard to say because I don't have the time to work on them in one go..

Each panel is quite large (just over 4ft tall) and I guess excluding the conceptualising it takes about 4-5 days to paint one panel.
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KileyBeecher Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very good! Thanks for the reply! :-)
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johnbeatty Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
WHOOHOOO! Sweet!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
LOL… Cheers John.. Always nice to hear from you mate!
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shooonuff Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
awesome....love the background!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Thanks very much Richard! :D
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adagadegelo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very nice!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Many thanks for taking the time to comment Rodrigo mate!!

Your support is sincerely appreciated..
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Revan-Ghost Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! :clap: Can't wait to see full work, even with big stamp in the middle of it ^^
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Yep… cheers Waldek!!

Sorry about the damn ugly stamp. I hate covering up a lot of hard work but regrettably it needs to be done!
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Revan-Ghost Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome Mark! ^^ I don't really mind stamp, because it's better not to see all the details than seeing some crazy Jawas stealing your works, so to speak ;)
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taibu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Mmm goog colors and details :)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Thanks very much meelis!
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taibu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
I like your style, where you use clean pen lines to bring out the forms and shapes :)
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taibu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
good*
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JohnHaunLE Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Awesome!!!!!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Cheers a bunch John mate! I appreciate you taking the time to comment!
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JohnHaunLE Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Your welcome!!
Awesome work!!
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TehBeardedOne Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I really wanna see the final image now lol!!!!

Astounding work as always man, I'd love to get a print of this one day!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Cheers for the kind words Andrew.. I will post the final composite shortly..

Not sure why, but somehow I didn't have you "watched". I've rectified that now so you better be on your best behaviour! :D
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TehBeardedOne Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Anytime man, I can't wait to see it!

WOW man thanks for that, after my camden bar crawl I'm definately on best behaviour!! I guess I'd better get my procrastinating butt in gear and get some new stuff done then!! =D
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charlesartist Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Wow gorgeous work. Reminds of the best of Lyendecker and Struzan. Wonderful textures. Can't wait to see the finished full comp.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Thats an astonishing compliment mate - my sincere thanks. Drew I know but the great Joseph Leyendecker I only know through his work..
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CraigDeakes Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great buddy. =)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Thanks as always Craig. I will post the final composite shortly…. :)
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Evarcha Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Outstanding. And I am sure I say that about all of your work!
I am a huge Fett fan, you've done a superb job on this...
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Thanks very much Wayne.. Its strange how he's become such an iconic character given the fact that he enjoys such limited screen time!

Best to you mate!
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AlexBuechel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you outdid ur self yet again ! fanstastic you should give me some tips
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Many thanks Alexander!!

Actually you have plenty of talent.. but its always fantastic to get such kind support...
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LorenzoDiMauro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Great! You know I'm a fan of your art :-)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
As always, its great to hear from you my friend. Many thanks for your constant support - its sincerely appreciated!
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional
Great stuff as usual! So when and where to we get to see the full artwork? - really have whet my appetite with all this teasing!
Its funny how the three preview bits read like a "one of these things doesn't belong" game from sesame street.
C3PO, Vadar and Boba Fett ...whos the odd one out? :D
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
The odd one out… ?

That's easy.. its Michelle Pfeiffer! :D
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional
From Grease 2 or Batman returns? ;)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
BATMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional
:thumbsup:
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Bagam Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good color choices and shading, especially the bending of the colors on his arms.
I didn't like the backround however, but given the nature of the painting you didn't want to give it a landscape for a backround did you?
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Cheers yakir.. good of you to take the time to comment mate…

The reason for the strange background is because that is only a small portion of a bigger piece. I will upload the rest in the next day or so..

Peace..
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Samarai Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
I want one...
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