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Thor by WilltheArtMan Thor by WilltheArtMan
10 x 18, acrylics reverse-painted on glass

Now wouldn't this be fun to do? Where do you get a job like "god of thunder?"

As with all the reverse-painted pieces, a lot of the subtlety is lost when photographing. It's a strange process, where every color changes whatever you've put down. As you work backward into the distance, you have to adjust each color, depending on its translucency and how it will interact with the layers already on the glass, and those you plan to place behind it. Then at the end, you turn it over and see if it's Zowie or screwed-up. Dance of joy, or thunderously smash it and start again.

Copyright W.J. Hodgson, all rights reserved.
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:iconjosepheatsyourbabies:
Now I'm just sayin, a really cool fan-favorite follow-up reverse glass piece would be everyone's favorite thunder god flying across space in a goat chariot. Just saying.
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WilltheArtMan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds cool! You do the silhouette, and I'll paint it!...
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ladydragonbane Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
vary cool loving
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WilltheArtMan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The Thunder God thanks you, amidst pleasant background rumbling. :plug:
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ladydragonbane Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
:worship:
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SarahPonzohaRiley Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like how the lightening turned out on this piece. From how you described that you painted it, it must of been a challange to make the lightening look luminescent.
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WilltheArtMan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Moments like painting that lightning remind me of the profession I almost followed, as a surgeon. You stand there with the scalpel, ready to go. The cut doesn't take long, but it better be right, because you can't erase it and do it again. Traditional artists do that a lot, but even then, mistakes are usually pretty correctable. One of the liberating aspects of digital art is you don't have to live with the fear of permanent consequences for any stroke. That's one thing that draws me to the reverse-painted technique, I think: what certain Old Masters and High Victorian artists called the virtuoso stroke. Doing that lightning is not unlike old-school pin-stripe pulling, where timing, pressure, and bravery carry the day, except, again, you can't wipe it off if you mess up. I realize my results will never hang in a great museum, but they're fun to do, and I take joy in my art babies.
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