"Charging Unicorn" by John Larriva on INPRNT
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"Water Nymphs" by John Larriva on INPRNT
"Creeping Pink" by John Larriva. 6 x 6 inches, oil on hardboard.
Anonymous: Hi ! I hope i don't bother but i would like to ask you something. I saw the video on youtube i would like to know what is the canvas/material you use to paint. Have a good day !

Hiya! I’m using 1/4” hardboard primed with acrylic “gesso,” mixed with a little black acrylic paint.

"Green Sleeves" A recent commission. The client requested a Pre-Raphaelite inspired woman with tattoos that matched the floral wallpaper. Fortunately, I was allowed many months to work on this one. I used photo reference of model Quinn Grey shot by my friend Greg Shea. This is 16 x 20 inches.
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Luna by John Larriva. 7 x 5 inches, oil on hardboard.
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gusromo: I really like your work, and an enjoying your timelapse video's. I've noticed that you are only using the primary colors for mixing, what colors do you use? Which Red, Blue, Yellow? Thanks - Gus Romo

Hi Gus. In the past few videos, I’m using titanium white, napthol red, pthalo blue, and Indian yellow. I don’t usually use a primary palette, but I’m really enjoying mixing from these strong colors. I particularly like the way the napthol red mixes with the pthalo blue. It makes an almost-black purple that’s kind of like ball point pen ink.

artrubzow: oh my gosh. Love the last video John! Question!: I want to start to use oils too, I'm pretty ok with the digital medium but oils. man. I have no clue about them. any useful tips? :) keep the awesome stuff. (It always reminds me of Malcolm Liepke)

A lot of the same “rules” apply when approaching oils. Start with big shapes then move to small shapes. This can be as simple as using a large brush before using a smaller one. Take advantage of the dimensionality of the oils. If you’re making a hard edge, lay that paint on thick to exaggerate that edge. There’s so many ways to use oils, so you kind of have to figure out what works for you. I try to avoid using medium in order to keep the paint thick, but others achieve amazing watercolor-like effects by thinning the paint. Good luck!

Lime Time by John Larriva. 8 x 8 inches, oil on hardboard.
Algae by John Larriva. 7 x 5 inches, oil on hardboard.