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The choices in mediums are either a beautiful, custom-crafted graphite pencil portrait, or a full-color painted portrait. The three types of paint available are oil (on canvas), gouache (on illustration board), or acrylic (on canvas or masonite/hardboard).

Larry's graphite pencil works are unique for their strong use of values, which gives them a sense of reality that is quite stunning. You can see that these pencil drawings are often every bit as beautiful as full-color paintings, and it's no surprise that this artist was working in pencil for years before ever learning to paint.

Oftentimes people have a liking for one type of paint or another based on it's unique qualities and appearance. Oil and acrylic are similar, although in Larry's work oil paint generally appears more "juicy" and "painterly", in contrast with his acrylic work which has a more detailed "every fur or feather" effect. Gouache paint is water-based, but is thicker and pasty like oil paint (which separates it somewhat from watercolor paints). Larry uses it quite differently than oil, combining thicker opaque layers with thin transparent ones to create a depth and richness, but with a higher level of detail than in his oil paintings. There is no cost difference between the three choices of paints.

It might be important to some whether the art will need to be displayed under glass or not. With both oil and acrylic paintings there is no need for them to be framed under glass. Because it is water-based, gouache paintings will need to be framed under glass for protection of the delicate paint. Likewise, graphite pencil drawings need to be framed under glass.


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