Acrylic vs. Oil – Ocean Waves – Side by side



hi I'm Kevin Hill and today we're gonna do another oil versus acrylic comparison it should be really interesting and hopefully it will give you kind of some insight if you're trying to choose whether you want to do oil or acrylic alright let's get started now we're gonna start today with our flat blender brush undo the acrylic side first so in case you're new around here that the gray handles are for the acrylic and the and the black handles are for oil so hopefully that helps I'm gonna take some white and some some blue I'm gonna just try to paint in a bit of a background ocean and because it's an ocean gonna put a little green in it but not a lot now these acrylic colors you'll notice are more vibrant than the oil colors because acrylics just in my opinion nothing against them but just in my opinion tend to look kind of flat and colorless and dark so I purposely punched up the colors a little when I was designing this particular paint line that's a little on the turquoise I don't want turquoise water I want blue water today but let me look and see yeah it's a little better okay cool now another thing you can do you can mist u canvas with water I don't have much left I'm gonna go get some more but I'm not going to today I don't need to I'm gonna just come right along here and drop in a beautiful kind of a turquoise e blue color for our ocean just the under painting that's all there is to it and go right to my line I'm trying not to go over this line was painted in acrylic by the way hey it's it's because it dries so fast it does have its advantages there's no doubt about that alright that looks decent right there now we want to do a sandy beach and we got to do that right now I'm gonna rinse my brush up you could change brushes I'm gonna just rinse this one out and dry it off okay let's do a sandy beach we're gonna use some some of our yellow ochre light some of our titanium white and a little umber bad now of course we can always add to this and you'll be able to see the differences between the two different kinds of pain here this is still wet and you'll notice it blends pretty well when it's very wet and doesn't blend too well when it's tacky but when it's wet you can get a nice blend that's why I paint generally on a smaller canvas when I do acrylics because not that you can't do bigger stuff but it's easier to do a little stuff because it blends faster you physically have less brushstrokes alright little little umber and red for the corners of the painting and then I'd say we've got the under painting finished on this little guy now I've changed to the oil setup and I've got a two inch brush ready to go now to start painting in oils I'm gonna take 50% of our clear gel and 50% of our titanium white I'm gonna scrub that in the ocean area and this more or less just represents kind of a a general general background you wouldn't always put in fact I don't usually put clear gel and white underneath my seascapes much anymore but this sort of simulates a bunch of paint caked up because we're not gonna have that much paint on the canvas today so I'm gonna put it on and I'm going to set my palette down I'm gonna use a shop towel these are those little blue paper towel things you get it in the automotive section for their amazing where you better than the paper towel I'm just gonna wipe this off so we have just a very thin coat of it and that's definitely something that you want to do if you're not too familiar with painting in oils you wanna be always wiping in fact if you're familiar of painting and oils you probably should wipe too but just make sure you get it nice and dry ish okay now having said all that let's grab our blue black and green I'll try to get the color similar they won't be the same because the colors are not exactly the same but we'll try to make them sort of similar unless you set up side by side and do this you know you kind of don't necessarily always think about the differences very good a little more blue right at the top and you'll see what mixes together very easily all right let me wipe out that brush all right let's grab some lumber ochre red white just like before look at my memory go oh yeah I'm gonna paint that right in and then we're going to blend the two together nice no I think we could benefit from just a little more ochre see that just a little ochre and white right there oh yeah look at the shininess that's really pretty highlight looks good and then we'll just blend them together put a little dark at the bottom just because that's what I did on the other okay maybe a little black into that a little more of our yellow ochre cool yeah we need to wipe the entire canvas off here's how you wipe it off you just just rub it super hard because you have this it's not gonna be an issue if you had a regular paper towel you'd want to stop every few swipes and turn it around until you run out of paper towel and you get a new one but this is so much easier because it won't leave those fibers oh yeah now that is basically bone dries matte is bone dry so you're gonna get it watch when I move my finger see how I don't take any blue and move it down there no no sand and move it back see that they're kind of stuck where they are that's that's about what we want to have right now we're jumping back to the acrylic side I don't know if I've mentioned it or not I do have some some foundation medium in a cup here a little disposable cup because it's so runny you don't put it down first like you do over here with the oils with the clear gel it's really nothing like the clear gel and you mix it in with your paint as you go which is not something that you do with the clear gel alright hopefully that didn't confuse anybody too bad I've got my number 6 flat brush we're back to acrylics I might as well just say it I of course wrote them up at the top for convenience alright we're going to outline our ocean and this will be really fun you you'll get to kind of decide for yourself whether or not it's easier to paint oceans in oil or and I don't know if I have an opinion yet but I bet you I do by the time we're done now I want to make sure I've got plenty of room I'm gonna start way up here we've got no sky today I haven't even bothered putting one in because the sky deserves its own little video doesn't it okay looks decent now this is acrylic so you're gonna get hard edges if you're not super careful so I'm gonna wipe off my brush and we're just a dry brush now remember our background is dry I'm going to swoop backwards like this to create a little highlight kind of catching that next wave and use that leftover paint and just drag it back usually this part of the seascape is is not super important I will however just reload my brush and of course this isn't like a seascape a lesson or anything I'm just trying to shooting you side by side so you can see how they react we've got full-length lessons available on the website if you need some some actual help painting seascapes I'm gonna go pretty fast today so this is maybe not them and maybe not the best way to learn there all right now the other thing we need to do I'm just going to establish very lightly I don't want a whole lot of hard edges I'm going to be just establishing a little bit of the rolling you know foam cascade look like that good sail goes in and out that's sort of a that sort of standard procedure I will go ahead and do a rock because that's something we normally see oceans you know kind of crashing up against the rock and that's something that everybody paints so I'll put that in well we're in the sketching mode I believe I'll sketch in our our little ripples here I won't on the sands not quite dry I need to be careful with that there's one on the sand and it comes down you don't want all to come straight across even though we're just experimenting today I'm gonna do the eye of the wave and then we'll go over to the oil side this is my custom tapered round probably one of my favorite well acrylic brushes on my favorite acrylic brushes all right you got that color going this is bone dry that simple and I'm gonna set my brush right down there painting will I have a wave wipe my brush out so that it's dry this brush you don't want to use it straight on you want to use a flat if you haven't tried it this is like if you're gonna try just one brush this is it this is a really unique very different brush you've probably never painted with anything like it before I know I hadn't and boy I got it in my hands and I loved it and so give it a try they're available on the website it's the custom tapered round but there you go just dragging it out this is called a dry brush blending effect this is the way you would paint clouds in acrylic this is my favorite cloud painting brush it comes to doing acrylic skies now we're back to oils so I've got my 3/4 flat just a little bit of a swoop right there I wouldn't do this this close the other one as I can't I can't believe they actually turned out this similar this isn't easy to do you know a different medium and try and get them similar and I feel like the you know the closer they are to the same the easier it is gonna be to tell the differences you know in between the two different kinds of paint I'm gonna scrub here and you'll just just look at see how they look and see how they react differently as I scrub see how they blend and see how those edges just are softened automatically I will say one thing about oils but then that's a little different it is just by scrubbing look closely you see how you worked maybe 10 20 different values you know light and dark in there see that there's some light pockets some super dark pockets and everything in between now with the acrylics you get that by dry brush blending but you don't get it as easily in my opinion having said that you know when it comes time to detail the acrylic sir don't they don't mix and so you can layer detail over detail over detail without ever having to worry about mud which is a huge bonus a huge huge bonus and your darks you know they go in dark so there's just kind of differences you know so there's that let me get a little more paint let's get our little crashing waves here in the background right there okay and then let me sketch our little our little ripple which just goes like that and then our secondary ripple which goes something like this and down cool I like that now I have the wave time it looks like that slopes a little more than it should I'm gonna just bring that up just I'll fix it later all right let me grab a little bit of our our yellow and our white and blue that looks like looks like a good color right there I'm gonna place the eye of the wave in I'm not using any different brush for this the same brush okay you place it right in I'm gonna go a little brighter more white right there the hell looks pretty decent let me set this aside where so I'm gonna make a mess let me find a blender brush make sure it's good and clean now I'm gonna set this the top of the blender right here and begin to do some circles and blend it right out oh yeah the key is don't over blend if you come back and you touch this again you're gonna absolutely lose it you got to leave it alone that's the best hard part's is backing away now you remember over here on the oil how I put a little extra white and then I blended the whole thing so there was kind of almost two tones in here and the acrylics I didn't do that they needed to dry completely now I can come back with a lighter white tone and I can place that secondary kind of light right at the top of the wave they place it in just like you did the other one but it's a lot smaller and you wipe your brush out and then you dry brush blend this just to confirm you know this is all dry and that's the way you layer your colors to create that really bright effect acrylics can be just as bright as oils you just have to know how to layer them properly that's the other thing I like I like the finger blend with the acrylics that's fun you know it's work on the top of our wave let me grab our little flat brush I'm going to just grab a simple highlight colors white a little blue it's just not that big of a deal today good enough way to just pull down to begin my little crashing wave motion maybe kind of smudge it here and there at the end create that nice glazed effect oh yeah now that's great but it's not it's not a full highlight let's grab a little white little blue mostly white let's get us a full a little highlight right out on the edge that's pretty always wiping my brush out before you blend otherwise you got too much paint going on there it looks good doesn't it now let's go ahead and let's go ahead and highlight the splash of the way for that I think I'm gonna change brushes let me dip that one in water and you dip it you set it down on the table and keeps it kind of wet and keep it from drying out for a little while until you go have lunch and you forget about them oh that's always sad exception takes my light color and just place on very quick so you can work at small batches don't feel like you have to do the whole thing all at once let me get back on my brush there just do small small batches and that way you can work in this soft edge this is just the dry brush blending effect again kind of pretty make sure you don't have any Lumpy's oh yeah that's not bad that's not bad at all I can like that add a little extra highlight now this is again you just just to see how the mediums are different not necessarily to create a pretty ocean which we will not get in this amount of time each layer gets a little brighter because this is going on pretty thin it dries pretty quick see that pretty quick not fully dry it messed it up a little there but it's getting close now I wouldn't mind seeing even just a little shadow in the foam so I'll just take a little purple that's a good that's a good color when you're doing these oceans just a purple and kind of just what's a little dark now kerlix do drive just touch darker as everybody probably knows be just working a little of that that'd be nice creates that extra extra touch of detail nice can't forget can't forget about that rock I'll put that in as soon as I've finished this that way I won't forget okay now I think I like accent highlighting the wave should be another step we'll probably do that it'll be us one step here in one step there so I just know that it's gonna get a little brighter just continuing with this brush brown and black and I'm gonna place in that little rock I've been thinking about kind of a simple straightforward little rock now when you're doing seascapes you don't have to paint the rock in solid just anything like that it's fine and a rock here and there just for just for fun it'll show you the differences kind of when it comes to doing these rocks I don't paint too many cuz I gotta go do them over there but you'll see the difference is when we paint them over the wet surface I've grabbed a clean three-quarter brush and it's time to kind of work on work on the oil once of course I changed back to my oil palette which is really dirty I think it's a good cleaning didn't it I'm gonna take some white and a little tiniest touch of blue but way more white because I'm relying on the blue on the canvas to do some of the you know softening of my color so let's see I believe what did i do did I start I think I started right here all the other ones so let's do that on this one I'm gonna pull it down and just let off yeah that's pretty I can I can live with that that looks good just pull it right over something along those lines gonna really work well I like that all right more paint I'm gonna go ahead and do this right here first I don't know if it's the same order the order is super unimportant when it comes to seascapes for the most part actually they're more forgiving than Lansky because it comes to doing them in order there whoops Oh chunk of chunk of paint there quite a lot there oh yeah now I'm gonna stop for a second let's go on this side I'm gonna paint him my highlight now you could wipe this off if this is too muddy that's right on the edge if I had to if I had to guess looks like it's right on the edge I would probably wipe it if I was doing a painting that actually mattered but because we're just playing around today I'm not going to their house decent now here's the cool thing what can we get done with the blender brush let me just take make sure it's nice and clean take it and just let's straighten it out I think I cleaned it to aggressively there all right looks good now one thing with oils you're always wiping the brush from the paper towel to clean it you never never trying to dip it into into anything to clean it because you don't want any of your oil I use baby oil in my case but whatever you're using to clean you don't want that up in your painting there that looks good alright actually that looks really good I like that I think I can live with that let's go ahead and get that purple tone in yeah cool I get that right up in here right along that edge tiniest bit right up in here good and that'll blend real nice I think not really the fun part you knows the darks I just can't wait to do those they always look so good I almost forgot to paint in our little rocks here's some brown and black and let's put in our little rocks oh you see the difference see how they kind of mix now some mixing is a wonderful thing but you don't want them to get muddy some mixing will create all these little variations that are just so so effective you know good but you see the difference they kind of they go on at first thing I want dark but then they get lighter the more you stroke them the more they get light nothing to something that note you can come back with a loaded up brush you can bring in the sharp edge if you want it and then you do your bottom part when it gets softer it runs out of paint now I was looking at him from far away and you can definitely tell this one's a little sharp or a little harsher this was more airbrushed in the eye of the wave especially but I don't think that matters this is just a slightly different style very similar but you know when we go to float our little water lines I think this is gonna look really good so I'm not gonna try to blend it more you probably blend it and make it look a little closer to that one but take a lot more time just something to certain to note all right back to the acrylic we're going to do blue red black kind of equal mix of each alright let's see what this does I'm gonna set it right here under the wave and I'm going to rock my brush back and forth I'm gonna stop you only gonna get about two inches worth then you gotta stop grab another brush this is a number four flat bristle brush very stiff I'm gonna use that to pull I would if it was slightly damp it would pull and just dip it in water there we go and just pull that color around to see because my brush was dry it really wasn't helping that wasn't helping the dry brush blending so a little water in it and your wet brush will work better for dry brush blending yeah because that makes sense cut in right under your under your wave make that stand right up there we go not bad not bad look at that get a little little shadow and then kind of work your shadow out again using dry brush blending which is the way you blend with acrylics 99% of the time very very little paint and you're using very little pressure this isn't a very big ocean today you certainly would do a lot more if you're doing a full seascape now let me wipe this brush off grab a little bit of white red blue now I'll just whatever really on the blue side most of the paint out of the brush rock is dry I'm going to just dry brush blend a little of our mist that's too much paint in the brush right over this rock just set it into the painting so yeah sit your brush down you roll it and you get that beautiful effect so you can just have a crash right over that rock believe that little point sticking out I'll try to do that over at the oils as well but nice it's pretty effective isn't it you can float this mist anywhere you want it all right now kind of continuing with that step I would like to I would like to get some I like going some blue and white blue and white highlight this is our flat brush and I'll just work it back and forth and start to get these little ridges of bridges of foam going they're kind of keep the light in the middle of the painting don't want to too bright on the edges there before it dries be sure to blend it out like you see I'm doing here it's super important and you kind of give yourself an extra wave or whatever you want to do but here's how easy it is you can just come back with your with your flat brush and you can just smooth it all together take it and drift it right up this is where you're starting to kind of start to kind of work the two together creating that softness now let's go ahead and repeat those steps in oil so I've got some black blue little red and I'll just lighten it a tiniest bit but it will lighten up more when we touch the wet oil paint up here and just like the other side I'm going to I'm gonna just brush it like this except I don't need to be as big of a hurry I can go a little slower and just allow it to soften automatically there we go maybe run that up don't wanna go too crazy or I lose my pretty little ocean wave there the bottom of it at least nice that's pretty pretty much yet I'm gonna wipe out my brush and sort of drag this around we don't want it don't want to lose the eye of the wave it's so easy to lose the eye of the wave all right that's pretty much the same and it's close it's pretty close if you've ever tried to copy anything exactly you'll know that even if you're using the same medium it would be pretty hard alright that looks good let me wipe out the brush and let me grab some just some random blue and whites fine I just want to create that feeling of a little mist right over this rock you got to be sparing when you do this it'll want to mix and become muddy yeah like a very very little amount you know just less is more just do a little amount cool now let me yeah I'm gonna blend that but there's no rush I'm gonna wipe my brush out I'm going to grab some white and whatever is left over my brush I'm willing to go ahead and just see about highlighting right in here of course you put it down bright and then you've stroked it a couple times and it becomes a little more subtle they're gonna start to establish just a little more little more life in this ocean just like the other one it may not need quite as much final highlight of course you won't get as much of an opportunity right cuz it would go muddy you can't highlight it too many times oh there you go they smooth it out just a touch not bad not bad good they'll look more similar here in just a minute I'm gonna go ahead and take my my blender brush and just hit these areas right here to soften now back to the acrylics I'm going to just give us a nice light color mostly white actually and I'm going to go ahead and just brighten up the top of the wave one more time we can glaze this with as many highlights as we want without any risk of it becoming muddy and so we're gonna definitely definitely use that see that this is an extra highlight and you could do more if you wanted to make sure you have a nice soft ish little edge soft ish not so soft that it's blurry but you know a little touch more that you kind of just go back in and had all these little details again get a little more opportunity to neat and the acrylics I'd say with the oils you gotta be able more decisive decisive I think it's the right word nice and then perhaps just a little more right there cool anyway I like bettin all right now the rest is going to be pretty straightforward we'll just sort of highlight a little that one turned out a little brighter just the nature of doing the oils sometimes but we'll bring the brightness up with the did I call this the detail round earlier I don't know if I did or not it's a micro filbert brush it's amazing I haven't gotten more confused working back and forth between the oils and the acrylics yeah that's pretty good though shows you where just a few moments of work will get you I haven't spent too long on either of these just clean up along the bottom of the rocks make sure you get nice and opaque and now lastly I'm gonna get just a soft color soft blue and I will drag in one more medium a little softer of a blue and I will drag in these little lines foam you could do this with the liner brush but I'm probably not gonna get the liner brush out today just because I don't need to go that detailed we're not framing as we're putting it on the wall now I'm gonna go ahead and finish up by doing the same thing on the oil side gonna be careful like camp of my head out of this canvas you can but you could just take your pinky and you just touch down you won't mess it up too much that way but I'm gonna not probably do that there looks decent get a little a little more light there I like the light there a little touch more light here good so you can just place it on and you will you won't be constantly picking up paint on the end of your brush and you know you put down kind your color will get muddy if you're not careful so watch that you don't get your paint too caked up with a bunch of this dark wipe your brush in a paper towel or something before reloading it you know there'd be a good a good thing to do there looks of course it's a good thing to do it what am I not doing right yeah well that's okay that's okay we just sort of have fun around here don't we can't worry about it too much now I'm gonna take some blue and white that just kind of do the same thing just bringing in some of these lines nothing crazy it's it's honestly it's super similar super similar just pulling them in following the shape of the wave little texture here and there what's an oil painting people pay more for that sort of stuff when you're doing oil paintings they pay more for the texture get that curve of the wave going now you'll pick up that dark you want to be careful not to bring it down you want to be real careful about that so that's something to watch for of course I'm laying it on almost clapping it on a thick and I could care less about my hard edges because I'm I know I'm gonna blend them away later and then what's kind of fun to do is just grab your blender brush and just go back and touch it just just touch barely barely blending is touching the stuff that I put in here I'm gonna kind of pull across the same direction I got the the foam going what it softens it back so nice you can get an unbelievable result doing it this way get a little a little ripple up there just by softening it and you can even take the blender brush and just draw it back and kind of get gonna get some of these reflections going oh yeah all right well I think we're done with our little experiment today I really found it interesting and fascinating you know the difference is between oil and acrylic especially doing something like a seascape where there's a lot of soft edges just two different ways to get those edges it's kind of fun to see don't forget to check out both the acrylic and the oil lines available at our website thanks for watching

26 Replies to “Acrylic vs. Oil – Ocean Waves – Side by side”

  1. Acrylic vs. Oil for me is like Cigarettes vs. Pipe – the first one stands for an instant result, the second one – for sacredness and philosophy of painting as it is.

    Thanks for another great job, BTW!

  2. Acrylics dry in 30sec, i dont know how you paint wet-on-wet ..
    Need to use some fluid medium to stop dry for sure

  3. Hello! I really appreciate your videos. I would love it if you did some oil paintings for more advanced artists! Thanks!

  4. Interesting to see tge juxtapositioning of two very different mediums and painting techniques! Personally i feel that oils have a richness of chroma that acrylics lack? But another super video from kevjn!

  5. Acrylic vs oil: in your painting style it seems to be no differences….but…«verdaccio»? «velatura»? «underpainting»? May you really say the same? 😏

  6. Kevin you are a master, wow,,, I'm not that good at paintings like you but still I'll strive my best to do even 50% like this n if I'm successful I'll deem my self lucky n worth go further, love you from Pakistan bro, thank you,

  7. Beautiful! Question, is there a way to help the acrylics on the palette not dry very fast? The colors always seem to dry very quickly before I finish applying them onto the canvas, and I have to re-mix again. Any tips?

  8. The main point of the drawing is so nice and you can do every nice drawing with all colours of acrylic and oil

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