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Fri, 5 Dec 1997 09:09:01 -0800
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Hello to All,

I have a project that requires my painting on overlays. The subject is a
large gumball machine painted on a board, with each overlay showing a
different number of gumballs. The balls will be small, since it has to look
like there are thousands in the machine. I'll have to use a mylar product
rather than acetate since I don't want the overlays to warp over time.

The technique will include some painting with a brush and some airbrushed
color as well. I've worked on acetate before and have used my Com-Art
acrylic airbrush paint as well as regular acrylic. It worked out okay,
although I wouldn't say I had spectacular results. My question is this: do
any of you have a recommendation for a paint that would be easier to work

For the portion that I paint by hand, I'd like the paint to dry flat without
having obvious brushstrokes. But it needs to be as opaque as possible, too.
I find myself wondering what paints are used for animation cells. Anybody
know - or have some suggestions for me?

BTW: I know that gumball machines don't sound like scientific illustration.
Actually, the gumballs are representing stars in this case. A few spill out
at a time, until you're left at the end with the portion that may harbor
planets with intelligent life.

Thanks a bunch,

Lynette Cook
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