Frequently Asked Questions About Art
Questions and Answers
The Art & Artist ~
Where can I learn more about the artist?
What is a contemporary artist?
By definition, a contemporary artist is a living artist.
What is Art Bespoke?
What different mediums do you work in?
I work in many media but prefer working with acrylics on canvas and urethanes on metal.
Are you available for commissioned artworks?
Yes, I enjoy creating original bespoke artworks for my collectors.
Learn more commissioning me to create your special creation at ADCook.com/about-the-artist/commissioning-art-originals
Misc Qs ~
What is specially-prepared canvas?
Canvas and fine art go hand-in-hand. But readily available off-the-shelf canvas really isn’t made for airbrushing. Even stretched and “prepared” canvas that is marketed to airbrush artists has a lot of weave texture in it, which may be okay if that’s what you want. I prefer a much smoother surface – something a bit closer to the hot-press illustration board. In consideration of that, I’ve developed a process that allows me to paint on canvas that is smooth and forgiving and yields an incredible surface to work on.
You can find my article, Creating the Perfect Ultra-Smooth Canvas for Airbrush at ADCook.com/creating-the-perfect-ultra-smooth-canvas
What are Fine Art Nudes?
Creating Fine Art Nudes is about capturing the beauty of the human form. Using light, shadows, posing and creative expression, I bring out the beauty of my subjects and the human body.
What is Colourain?
What is Art Provenance?
You hear a lot about provenance in the art world. As it should be – provenance is an important part of the art in your collection. Provenance is how you answer the important questions, like who really created the art, when it was created, sometimes where it was created, and hopefully how it was created.
Learn more at ADCook.com/provenance.
What are Giclées?
Standard inkjet prints are made using dye-based inks. Giclees are made using pigment-based inks.
High Resolution and Color: They have the sharpest detail and highest resolution, displaying a full-color spectrum. Giclees capture every shade of an original work.
For Models ~
What do you look for in your models?
First off, since I specialize in art nudes, I only work with models 18 years old and over.
My art is directed towards celebrating classic female beauty, so I prefer working with models with healthy natural figures. As a rule, I also tend to prefer models with no tattoos (or very few) or tan lines, since they tend to distract from the model's natural beauty.
Do you work with male models?
Rarely. My art is primarily inspired by female models and muses.
Do you pay your models?
Where can I view your photography?
Do you have a Model Release?
Yes. Please review my Model Release at ADCook.com/model-release.
I will have a printed copy for you to sign before our shoot together. Please bring your current ID to confirm that you are 18+ years old.
For Artists ~
How do you paint chrome?
Read my article, A Study in Chrome and Reflected Surfaces on this website for my complete step-by-step process on painting the illusion of chrome on canvas.
Additionally, my article on painting reflective surfaces for The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook by Pamela Shanteau, Creating Reflective Effects: Passing Time covers how to paint chrome.
Where can I read your article on Specially Prepared Canvas?
You can find my article, Creating the Perfect Ultra-Smooth Canvas for Airbrush on this website.
How can I show my art on this website?
Legal Qs ~
Am I allowed to use these images on my website?… tags?
Thanks for asking, but in a word, NO. All A.D. Cook artworks and images are for viewing purposes only. The only exception is for media and promoting the artist and his works. All rights reserved.
Got More Questions?
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