Let’s learn how to paint together!
About a month ago, I discovered an amazing art series on Netflix called Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere. After having watched each episode of this wonderful series in its entirety, I couldn’t help but feel inspired by the painter’s upliftingly positive personality and profound love for art. And so… it didn’t take long for me after that to pick up my paint brushes again and give art a second go after having not drawn a thing in years.
And what better character could there have been to paint other than Spyro?
Today I am going to be giving you a step-by-step guide on how you can create something like this using acrylics. This was my first ever acrylic painting so be prepared for lots of beginners tips and advice. ^_^
Step One: Materials
The majority of my palette was composed of a cheap set of acrylic paints that I purchased in Tiger. I really believe that to create a high quality painting, you really don’t need to use expensive materials at all. Overall, it’s the way you use your supplies that matters and not how much you’ve paid for them.
The two most important colours for painting Spyro are of course going to be Winsor Violet and, as in any painting, Titanium White. Because these weren’t included in my set I had to buy them separately. I used no black in the painting whatsoever, except to fill in his pupils.
Another cheap set purchased in Tiger. Again, they do the job perfectly. However, if you have really shaky hands like I do, you may want to invest in an even thinner paint brush than what’s included in the packet. Again, any cheap brushes are fine.
Normal writing paper can’t support the weight and moisture of the paint you use without creasing, so watercolour paper is a necessity here. It’s perfectly fine to use acrylics on watercolour paper. In fact, it even turned out quite nicely in this instance.
Crayons and Canvas:
For crayon melting if you wish.
Step Two: Drawing
The first step is to very lightly draw the outline of Spyro. It’s always good to have an image for reference. It really helps when drawing characters to start out with the eyes, then draw the face and head. This is probably the hardest part, but after that everything should fall into place. Just take your time and be patient. Your drawing doesn’t have to be perfect.
Step Three: Painting
Now that your drawing is done it’s time to fill in the outline. Don’t worry about any visible pencil lines because the acrylic paint is strong enough to cover them up. There really is no trick to painting other than patience. I mean really, small pictures like these can take days sometimes. Just apply very thin layers of paint and build them up. Don’t saturate your sketch by adding huge blobs of paint all at once.
Here are some tips on how I added shading to Spyro:
There are some very strong contrasts in the shades of purple on the top of his head and the shades of purple surrounding his nose and neck. Imagine there is a light shining in the lighter areas and mix the tiniest bit of Winsor Violet into your Titanium White to create a subtle lilac colour. If there isn’t much blending between this lighter areas and the darker shadows along Spyro’s nose then that’s okay. It makes the contouring appear even more dramatic.^_^
The best and probably the easiest way to add shading to your painting is by doing so naturally with your brush strokes. Just paint the darker part with the first brush stroke when the brush is loaded with paint, then drag it out into the light and away from the shaded area.
The best thing about acrylic paint is that if you ever think you’ve made a mistake you literally just have to wait for it to dry and start over. So don’t panic if things don’t go perfectly the first time. ^_^
Another tip is that if there are too many nooks and crannies for you too shade with your big paintbrush, then you can always just use some colouring pencils like I did. Just make sure that all of your paint is perfectly dry first.
Step Four: Crayon Melting!
Now for the most exciting part! ^_^
Using a hot glue gun, stick some crayons (without their wrappers) to your canvas. It can be any size you like. I bought mine in Tiger for €2.
Next, you need to glue your cut out painting onto a thick piece of cardboard and melt away at the crayons using a hairdryer.
Be seriously careful not to get wax on your painting. This step can ruin all of your hard work so easily.
And that’s your entire artwork done! I know that this is no masterpiece because it was my first shot at using acrylic paint, but I’m happy with how it turned out for my first try.
You can display a melted crayon painting anywhere you want to add a little rainbow to a plain space. They also make great presents for people too! Bonus points if you can paint their favourite character on the canvas ^_^
So that’s all from me for now. This was a lot of fun and I’d love to share some more art and DIYs with you soon. Do you guys like to paint or play video games? Let me know in the comments below!