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Michael Bielaczyc
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i am an artist. sometimes i make weird things.

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The Battle with the Giant

Digital, 18”x24”, 2017.

 

Two brothers, who long adventured together, had entered the valley knowing the danger. The dwarves had warned them. But they had handled threats like this before. The older brother was a seasoned ranger and he had tracked the giant to its lair. But the monstrous adversary had still caught them by surprise, rising up from a hidden place among the trees. Sword drawn and magic at the ready, they prepared to fight. The younger brother, trained at Eredar, hoped his mastery of fire would be enough, and that his older brother could distract the creature for long enough to gather enough of the energy needed for the spell. The giant lifted an immense boulder over its head and the battle began.

 

From the world of the Dark Return: darkreturn.com

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The Crossing: The Battle with the Varag
12x16, oil on paper.

I used my new process of printing a digital underpainting on Epson watercolor paper. I then mounted it on framed birch and put a couple of layers of acrylic medium over top. After that it was all oils and glazes! michaelbielaczyc.com/blog/2017…

This was done for the Dark Return Adventure, the Crossing. www.darkreturn.com/store/ferry…
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New way to start a painting.

A new way of making art

So a couple years back I figured out a neat way to have a sign company print my sketch straight to primed masonite. This made setting up a painting way easier than projecting my sketch to the board, mounting a sketch, or other tedious methods. This worked extremely well. The printed image, which was meant for store signage was lower resolution, but it was great for an underpainting.  I told others about it, and soon people were sending in art and the company was sending out printed panels all over the US. 

Then I started having doubts. We have all heard horror stories of paintings peeling off of canvases because of bad gesso. So I looked into the media that was being printing on these boards. It was UV reactive and weather sealed. Seemed ok, but of course nothing stated it as archival. Who gets a sign made for their shop and asks if it is archival. We had a couple of signs we made for the Ren Fest and that’s what made me start to worry even more. The first year the signs looked great. I had added some acrylic flourishes to them and coated them with Spar Urethane. The second year they started to look cloudy. I looked up the sign printing information again, and saw that a benefit of the UV treated inks is that it is hard to stain. Nervousness started to sink in.

By the third year both signs were peeling and unrepairable. So I though, what is going to happen to our paintings over the next 10 years? Look at what happened to Davinci’s Last Supper. So I immediately started looking for a more archival way to basically do the same thing. 

The solution

I had started looking at the fine art papers for our Epson printer. I ordered in some of the Epson Watercolor paper, and planned on using it on my next project. At Dragoncon, I spoke with Todd Lockwood, telling him my ideas, and he told me that is how he did the cover for his first book, The Summer Dragon.  In fact he pointed me to this great video of him mounting the paper, which was very helpful.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=M29sMo…

So I just recently got to try out my new process. I had a small monster who needed some color. So I scanned in the pencil sketch and did a quick digital underpainting. I then printed him out (9×12 as my Epson can do a max of 13×19) and mounted it to a Birchwood panel. A day later after the acrylic medium dried, I was able to knock out some glazes and brought him to life. 
Not too shabby huh?

The next project is the cover for Shonn Everett’s book The Crossing, a Dark Return adventure book. It will be a little more involved, so I will be sure to post updates!

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Just posted 2 originals for sale on Ebay, if you happen to like the stuff i call my artwork, swing by and check the out!

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9x12 Ink Wash original art
I will draw an original 9x12 inch ink drawing, of your specifications for 3000 points. It may include a single character, monster, or figure and a background.

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MarcusSonn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
All I had to do was look at your page for about a minute and conclude that... You're a badass.
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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Welcome in my dragonlance group :D!
And thank you for joining ;)
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mbielaczyc Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the invite! I am honored to join!
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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
And I m honored to have you in ;)
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mbielaczyc Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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xSubZer0x Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your ears rock! Everytime I wear them for LARP (or just out ;) ) I get a ton of compliments! Great work! and your art is amazing too! :D
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mbielaczyc Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you are happy with all of my work :)
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P0kyu Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the watch (:
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christopherburdett Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the Watch! All the best!
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HiddenPalm Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
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