I am a woman in a mission this week. That mission being: “inspire some of the beautiful people on WordPress to mess about with paint.” (that’s an awfully long title, so we’ll shorten it to “Mission Paint with Me”.)
So, what does this mission entail you ask? Well, it’s simple. I create a montage, where I climb a really tall mountain with a bunch of art supplies, tied to my back. When I get to the top, I jump and punch the air and everyone is so inspired by this act of art enthusiasm, that they immediately run off and start painting on the first paintable surface they find.
Okay, I’ll stop my messing and tell you what I’m really going to do. I’m going to make a tutorial using my rabbit drawing, to show everyone a nice and simple way to use acrylic paint.
But before we get started, I should warn you that acrylic paint can stain tables or other surfaces, so it’s best to put an old table mat or paper down before you start (I learnt the hard way and now my table mat has blue stripes). Right, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started:
Step 1: Draw yourself a rabbit and a flower.
It doesn’t have to be perfect or a masterpiece. But if you’re having trouble, find something round to draw around and try making a little cartoon round-head rabbit, instead.
Also, don’t worry about erasing guidelines, if you’re sketching. The paint will cover them and you won’t be able to see them.
Step 2: Line your drawing and give everything a pale under coat of paint.
At this point, I would recommend going over the outlines of your drawing with paint, because it’s very easy to lose the outline under layers of paint, which can be so frustrating.
As for the under coat. It’ll help you plan the colours of painting, help build colour and make it easier to control the paint in the next layer.
After this step its best to let the paint completely dry.
Step 3: Paint the background.
It might seem strange starting with the background, but this allows you to paint closer to edges of your drawing and makes painting the background a lot easier.
If like me, you get distracted and get green paint on the rabbit, don’t panic. It can easily be corrected by waiting for it to dry, then painting over the area with a little bit of white paint.
Tip: If you’re using more than one colour on the background, keep in mind how the colours mix together. For example, I used 2 shades of green, lemon yellow and Pink. So, I had to keep in mind that if the pink mixed with the greens it would turn a brown colour.
Step 4: Paint the Flower.
If you want to try to capture light and shadow, you can lighten the pink with white and darken it with red. On the leaves and stem try using the yellow with the greens, to capture light.
If you find that too difficult, don’t worry. Instead, try painting the leaves and flower petals in a way that shows their shape (meaning, paint them so you can see the leaves and the flower from the background).
Let everything dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Paint the rabbit.
Again, you can try capturing light and shadow. But if you find it too difficult, try looking at a picture of a rabbit and painting the lighter and darker parts of it’s fur.
At this point, don’t worry about making the paint look like fur, that happens in the next step. This step is more about building colour and capturing light and dark.
Tip: If you accidentally got green on the rabbit back in step 3, pay a little extra attention to those areas. To make sure they blend in with the rest of the rabbit.
Let the paint dry.
Step 6: Attempt to paint the rabbit’s fur.
This is probably the hardest step of this painting. I find this step difficult too, so don’t feel bad if you can’t do it. It can be kind of tricky to get right.
YouTube and books recommend using little brush strokes, to paint clumps of hair rather than individual hairs and use references pictures of rabbits.
That mightn’t be much help to you. So, the additional tips I would give you are, look at fur first hand (I took a trip to the pet shop to look at rabbits’ fur. They were so cute), try capturing the direction the fur grows in and try capturing the light changes in the fur. Hopefully that will be of more help to you.
So, that was my painting tutorial of The Peony Rose Rabbit. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it and if you were following along, hopefully now you’ve got your very own lovely painting of a rabbit and flower.
If you have thing questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below. I’d be happy to answer them as best I can and as always, Thanks for reading.