Painting I made for the annual "The International" Dota 2 tournament.

I tried using acrylics this time. I built up texture using structure gel medium on the inner parts of the shield and tried to see what would happen if I glazed over it using thin paint.

I've realized that the optical effect from using transparent oils, acrylics, or watercolors is very similar. The main difference of course is in the handling and drying. Painting transparently with water based paints seems like it can be a quick and effective technique even though people usually associate that with oil paints.