: Oil or Acrylic

11-24-2015, 08:38 AM
I'm sure you heard this a million times. I've been putting off buying painting supplies until I have the right space to paint in. During this time I've been all about oil paint and watching Terry and Bob Ross and such. Lately I've been giving some thought to Acrylic.

I like the idea that the brushes, drips and splashes can be cleaned in water. I also like the lack of odor. I hear there's less canvas prep and no rotting canvas or yellowing to be concerned with.

The downside seems to be blending but can be done if done quickly.

So, why do you prefer one over the other?

11-24-2015, 10:04 AM
You know...there is no such thing as this medium is better than this one-different brands of same medium is another thing.A good artist can paint AND draw in any kind of medium.Oil,watercolor,acrylic,pastel,charcoal,pris macolors or very cheap pencils-it doesn't matter.If you want to advance and improve your technique then you must practice in all of them.My mother used to be an artist and I learned many things from her-guess what? she knew to use oils and watercolors and pencils(we didn't find acrylics in these days lol).When I was in college and even after I didn't have any money for any sort of expensive or cheap paints so the only thing I could do was to draw with very cheap pencils and I still think that I mastered better the technique than I do it today.
However I do use acrylics and I have no problems with them-they dry quick?then work faster LOL You can use water is true but there are also all sorts of mediums and if the drying bothers you so much there are mediums that slow down the process so much as it's annoying(to me at least).

11-24-2015, 10:50 AM
In the end, it seems you prefer acrylics. Why?

11-24-2015, 11:44 AM
I used acrylics for almost a year before starting with oil. It is a lot less expensive than oil. Right now I will often do the background in my paintings with acrylic because it is fast drying. I personally think it's smart to at least start with acrylic. Pretty much anything you want to paint in oil you can paint in acrylic. Blending is not as easy and I find correcting not as easy either. With oil if you really mess up you can scrape it off and start from scratch, with acrylic you pretty much have to paint over it. So why do I paint in oil?....Not sure....I just like to.

11-24-2015, 12:00 PM
In the end, it seems you prefer acrylics. Why?

Hey,everyone has his/hers preferences but this doesn't means it looks down at a specific medium.That I use mostly acrylics...yes ...but I also use a lot of charcoal,colored pencils,pastels and watercolors.Oils?...used to till highschool when I discovered acrylics and also I discovered that I can use them anywhere including paper,wood and walls(LOL)-am not sure how long they lasted on that wall though:vs_blush: ...ooh and they are cheaper...not as cheap as watercolors but cheap enough.In a nutshell..acrylics act as both watercolors and oils.If you want something to look like a watercolor then use more water if you want it to look like an oil then use less water,if you want it to blend better buy a medium,if you want it to dry harder buy a medium(and don't use water).I personally didn't find it hard to step from oils and watercolors into acrylics...I found them easier actually.And to start...I would rather advise you to start drawing not painting first-is the easiest way to learn values...then you can advance to colors.

11-24-2015, 02:51 PM
And to start...I would rather advise you to start drawing not painting first-is the easiest way to learn values...then you can advance to colors.

This is exactly what I've done. I worked my way through graphite to colored pencils and now I want to go to paint. I'll continue to draw because I can do it anywhere, anytime. Plus I'm really loving the colored pencils now that I have a better grasp of how to use them.

I know I'm kind of flying along here, it's only been about 2 months since I started drawing. This stuff is addictive!

11-24-2015, 06:35 PM
I prefer acrylic to oils because they dry quickly but not so quickly that I won't be able to do some blending, they don't smell or require the use of toxic solvents, and clean up is quick and easy. Plus as mentioned if you make a mistake it's easy to cover up or just paint the canvas over and start again.

11-24-2015, 07:36 PM
I do commission work and I can tell you that people heard more of oils rather than any other medium but if you introduce them to the others they all are interested and from a gallery point of view acrylics has gained same status as oils-never heard of one gallery to refuse acrylics(watercolors yes,charcoals,pastels) but again it depends on the artist and his/hers art.If the art is good then it doesn't really matters what medium you use.

11-25-2015, 08:15 AM
It depends. Over the summer when I'm off from college I get more into oils as I have the extra time to clean up, ect. Other times I do acrylic for the convenience.

11-26-2015, 04:19 PM
Haven't had to chance to work with oils yet, but so far I can say acrylics at least really suite me. I like that they are quite affordable and dry quicky. I don't always have a lot of time to paint, so due to the little time the paint needs to dry, I can do a lot in one evening.

Still really want to get into oils, however.