I figured it was time for me to contribute a little more to the forum and threw this SBS together from the recent PP. I have to say; this was far more work and time consuming than I initially thought it would be. I have a new respect and appreciation for all who put these step by steps together in the interest of helping others! I’ll warn you in advance; this might get a little long and I can't seem to figure out how to do a step by step with only one post. Although the finished product was only 5” X 7”, I used multiple layers and the process still took about three hours to complete from start to finish. The substrate was Strathmore 500 Series Bristol with a twist. My forte has always been working in the custom automotive arena on rigid, super smooth surfaces. About ten years ago I started transitioning to “fine art” on canvas and other substrates and found I still prefer to work on a super smooth, easily workable, non-absorbent surface. This presented a problem because there wasn’t much available. I can smooth and prep a canvas to suit my taste, but it’s a lot of extra time and work. I’ve tried synthetic paper too. It has pros and cons, but the cons outweigh the pros to suit my needs at this point. So, I decided to try combining two different worlds for this project by spraying a 2K clear on the Strathmore 500 Series Bristol. Initially, I was concerned the Bristol would absorb too much and curl up. To my surprise it held up very well. I scuffed the surface with a gray Scotch Brite pad to smooth any imperfections and provide a good mechanical tooth for paint adhesion prior to laying down any color. I chose to paint a skull for this project because it’s ingrained in kustom kulture. Here is the reference I used in the event anyone else would like to try this. Note, I wasn’t striving for photorealism, just a detailed cool looking skull! I changed the contrast, lighting and other details to suit my style.