Swedish artist Mike S. Mall have been painting casually off and
on most of his
adult life, alongside career and family. After
years of sketching and drawing,
even trying acrylic painting for a
while, he moved to oil painting after
he felt confident enough
to work in this difficult medium.
A lifelong fan of comic books and
American superhero characters, Mike
wanted to paint his
own vision of the fine pen & ink drawings
once featured on his
favourite comic book covers.
About oil painting
An oil painting needs to be built up on many semi-transparent layers of
and brush strokes. Every brush stroke is additive towards the
result in some way, shape or form.
Should the artist
not be satisfied with any part of the ongoing work which
quite a bit, it can always be corrected by wiping the paint off,
or wait until it is completely dry and start over.
is all part of the process and to discover
what works and what not.
This technique differ from the one used to create a pen & ink drawing, as
oil painting is an
art that requires patience and perseverance and progress
painfully slow, however, this ensures the artwork's integrity
as consistency, durability and quality is unmatched.
images below show the fascinating process in the creation of Mike's
comic art paintings. From sketch to layer after layer, one can see
how the painting gradually comes to life.