this is one of those where the original definitely looks better than the digital image. A good bit of texture is present for sure. Yeah, I am liking working on the birch, for many reasons. Its actually very smooth. The texture is more from the primer, which I brush on and don't sand.
Well I love it...I think I'm gonna go get me some birch and play around with it. You have inspired me my friend, lol. I saw another artist who was drawing on birch with graphite and then burning patterns into it with a soldering iron, it had a nice/cool effect.
I just buy a gallon of white primer from Lowes, water washable type. I don't remember the brand. In fact, I buy pieces of the birch there. In our area they sell various pieces already cut. Very smooth surface. I like it.
Well thanks for all the info Joe! On a side note, I am still working on my corpse to send to you. This one is taking me awhile because I have really, really tried to coagulate our style but it is worth the wait in my opinion. I am working on 3 other corpses too, for some reason I keep jumping mindsets like each is dependent on my mood. Like I am scattered in my thoughts...but this one is (in my opinion) is going to be great. I hope you don't mind. I feel like a slacker but in the same token, I'm just slow too, lol. Thanks again Joe!! You rock.
No problem on taking your time. And I am the same way, jumping back and forth on everything. I guess I am working on at least three right now. Plus, my own stuff. Will be having a big one man show this summer and need have some freshness....