Painting Step by Step

Strawberry Boy, 2017

Strawberry Boy, 2017

I am thrilled to premiere my latest acrylic painting, Strawberry Boy (left). This was a really fun project that took my pop aesthetic to a whole new (and tastier) level.

My model and muse was a very creative and beautiful young man whom you can find on Instagram. I based this painting on a photo he shared with me.

I drew a grid on a black canvas and the same grid on the photo. I then went square by square, painting what I saw in “greenscale”.Strawberry Boy greenscale

From there, I built up the painting, layer by layer, using Ivory Black, Titanium White, and one version of each of the primaries. In this case, I chose Quinacridone Magenta, Cobalt Blue, and Cadmium Yellow Light.

At the last minute, I added Cadmium Red Medium to the strawberry to help differentiate it from the lips. This really did the trick!

Strawberry Boy with Dean finishedFor more photos showing the complete process step by step, see the video below — and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more helpful art demos!





Photorealistic Painting

Painting RafaelIn art as in life, you can achieve anything you want to if you take the necessary steps. That includes learning how to paint in a photorealistic style.

Last year I was commissioned by a tennis super fan to paint a portrait of Rafael Nadal. I wanted to document my approach to realism, so I filmed the entire process.

Watch my video below to see how I went from step 1 to step 2 — from blobs of paint to a photorealistic portrait. Then try these steps yourself! With a little practice you will be creating your own photorealistic paintings.

Photorealistic Painting


Reverse Plexi Painting

Chicago Picasso, 2017

Chicago Picasso, 2017

For the most part, I have continued to focus this year on completing private commissions and liquidating existing inventory. I did make an exception to the rule, however, when I decided to actually do something with materials I already had lying around.

At least 2 years ago I purchased some acrylic sheets with the intention of painting on them. This technique is known as Reverse Plexi Painting, after the brand name Plexiglas. Because this medium allows artists to achieve a perfect, glassy surface, it has been used in Pop Art by Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Nutt, and many others.

My approach to the medium was to be an extension of the cut-out technique I have been employing for over 2 years, as I would be using cut-outs as stencils. I loved the idea that the Plexiglas surface would remove all evidence of my hand. The end result would be like something off a factory line.

The piece at the top of the page is my first attempt. To see how I made this, take a look at my short video:

How To Make A Reverse Plexi Painting