I just bought spectrum 8 and 9 and must say that I thought I accidentally got Jon Foster's Progressions book.. So much of his work is featured in both of them. (I can see why though!) I was so impressed that I went out and ordered his book. In addition to that, I fell so in love with all the oil work in those books that I have decided to try and move out of digital for a while and concentrate on oils. (Jon Foster is the main inspiration for this move)
So as a noob to all this, I wanted to ask five starter questions and hoped that some of the experts could help me out with their opinions and experience.
with oil work as detailed as sci fi and fantasy art is, do most artists start out with a sketch on the medium that they're painting on? (I can't imagine any other way, but I had to ask)
what type of medium do most paint on for oil work? (canvas, board etc)
what size do most artists in the industry paint on? (spectrum lists a lot of the work of at about 20"x30"?? thats pretty small isn't it?)
what sort of oils do you suggest? (i.e. your favorite brand.)
lastly, what sort of colors should I get to start out with? (primaries, and a few secondaries? I prefer the colors that I see Foster and artists like phil hale and brom use.)
Sorry if these questions are rather dim witted, but I am overcome by the work that I saw in spectrum and am very eager to start learning how to work with oils. I know its a long road so I figure I had better get moving.
Thanks in advace to anyone who replies!