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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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