My first acrylic painting - Ashford

Photo of Ashford painting by Jim W Coleman

As I mentioned elsewhere on this website, 2020 marks a huge shift in direction for me - from working entirely with pen and ink to painting on board and canvas. Outside of paint-by-numbers as a kid, I've never completed a painting in my life and the few times I've tried, I gave up in frustration before accomplishing much. This time, though, I mean to make a serious go at it.

To start, I'm going to do a watercolor, an oil and an acrylic painting. I figure it will take a year for me to get good at it and the first efforts will be good attempts, but I don't expect to work miracles for some time. Practice will make better.

For my first acrylic, I chose to paint Ashford from The Expanse Amazon Prime series - primarily because I've drawn so many characters from the show and also because I thought it would be a great challenge. Outside of the past month, I've never painting anything in my life and the thought of painting spiky, wavy hair and a beard was troublesome to me. There are a lot of problems with this painting that will be resolved in future work as I progress but I was happy with it as a first attempt. As with my first oil painting, I may circle back in the future and give this another shot when I've improved by technique.