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Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Painting Toys from Childhood

teacher avatar Laura Irrgang, Artist, Author, Illustrator

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11 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Modeling Your Toy

    • 4. Time to Sketch!

    • 5. Arranging Your Space

    • 6. Painting Basic Colors

    • 7. Painting Basic Colors - Part II

    • 8. Shadows & Highlights

    • 9. Details

    • 10. Bonus Layer!

    • 11. Conclusion

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Do you want to be zapped back to a place of wonder and whimsy? Are you looking for some extra sparkle and joy in your life? Let’s take a nostalgic blast to the past and paint your favorite childhood toy!

Join artist, Laura Irrgang, as she takes you step-by-step through an easy acrylic painting class for beginners. Whether you’re 8 or 88, toys hold a special place in all of our hearts. Let's reconnect to the warm & fuzzy feelings of childhood. 

You’ll learn to:

  • Work with you original toy or find reference photos
  • Set up your toy in a perfect pose
  • Arrange your work area
  • Sketch a simple chalk outline
  • Paint the background 
  • Work in layers to capture shadow and highlights
  • Explore optional extra special touches at the end for added POW! 

Follow Laura's magic wand!

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Laura Irrgang

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1. Introduction: Do you ever long for the days where your biggest worry was whether to play with your Etch a Sketch or your My Little Pony. Well, then I have a class for you. We are going to paint a favorite childhood toy. It is going to zap you back to that place in your past that was full of whimsy and wonder, and joy. Don't worry, it's going to be easy peasy, lemon squeezy, and most importantly, fun. I'm Laura Irrgang and I'll be your instructor. I'm an artist living in Lonoke Texas and I work from my studio near the woods and it is my absolute happy place. I spend my days with all kinds of art, I paint, write, sculpt, make music, murals and I'm a cartoonist. When I was a child, I had lots of toys that brought me a lot of fun and comfort. I felt like my dolls and animals could think and breathe and have thoughts and feelings and I'm sure many of you did too. I would spend hours playing with these toys and it was just a really fun time in my life. I remember being really immersed in play and I'd really like you to think about what it is that brought you a lot of happiness at that age and what you can do that you might want to paint? In this class, you will learn to make a painting from beginning to end. We discover how to set up your painting area. Choose a strong pose for your toy. Do a simple starting sketch in chalk, lock in basic colors, shadows, and highlights in acrylic paint then finalize your painting with sharper details. You can even add in some special extra techniques at the end if you want to. Teddy bits, let's ask the 8-Ball. This is going to be a fun class. Let's ask [inaudible] yeah, super fun. I can't argue with a Magic 8-Ball, can you teddy bits? No. Okay. Let's get started. When you hear the magic wand, you'll know it's time to go on to the next lesson. 2. Materials: Today's project is; paint your favorite childhood toy. This is a super starting project for anyone who's interested in art, so don't worry if you're not used to painting, the nature of this project is really forgiving and it's fun. You're going to paint something you have a sentimental attachment to and it doesn't need to be perfect. Our aim is to channel your inner childhood in a joyful way. Any style or a level of painting is going to feel right for this class. We're going to start with some simple supplies that are easy to find at any hobby store, I go to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, it just depends on where you live. You can probably find them at the grocery store or on Walmart or at Target, they're readily available. You can get things online too, but you might have everything you already need at home. The first thing you'll need are acrylic paints of any kind. I don't have any real super strong brand loyalty. I like golden Liquitex, but I really use a whole bunch of different ones. I have Van Gogh, Liquitex, Academy. You can go with your cheapy craft paints like Apple Barrel or those cheaper tubes. I recently bought a set. I'm was just going to try out, I like them called Master's Touch. It was a really big set because there's some smaller tubes. It was fun to try out a bunch of different colors in this one, so that was nice. Get yourself a bunch of paint, lead need paint. You can start with a small batch or a big batch doesn't really matter but if your toy is pink like mine is, you probably need some pink paint. You don't have to get every color under the sun but get the colors you want to include in your painting. For paint brushes, let me slide this over here I like to keep mine in some jar like this. Anything you have at work, but I like to start with a bigger brush for backgrounds. This one is about an inch, flat. Then for the smaller details, I go down to, let pick out my little bitty one and I've got some literary zero. See how small that is? It's got a really nice fine tip on it for details and things like that. The fat brushes, the big fat ones help for background sections, big areas when you're blocking in big chunks of paint. These little bitty ones are good for details like maybe a highlight on the stuffed animals eye or something like that. But you can make it work with whatever you have. One thing I like to do when I start is I like to sketch in. I'm going to slide my paint on to this side bye paints, see you later. I'd like to start with colored chalk. Some people sketch their initial sketching with pencil, but I find that that leaves lasting marks and I don't always want to see pencil in my painting and I also don't like erasing it later, so I like to use chalk. I think that's a fun way to feel freer because if you get the wrong mark with chalk, you just rub it off with your finger or like a wet Q-tip or something like that. It's easy to fix mistakes, so if you do that, you can pick a color that stands out against your background. If I have a green background, maybe I use some pink chalk. It virtually disappears when you paint on it, so I always think that's a good choice. You've got your paint brushes, water, and I like to use water and I like a pretty sturdy water container. I usually use something glass, like a heavy jelly jar or something like that. The reason is I just don't want it to tip over when I get vigorous when I'm cleaning brushes like that, I get them real clean and I just don't want to knock nothing over. Other things you'll need are a few paper towels. I like to have a few paper towels around when I paint. If you're real messy like I am, you might just keep a role nearby in addition, but I like to set things up like this where I have my water, my brushes so I can pick my brush, squeeze a little in my water. I have this and then you'll need something to put your paint in. There's lots of things you can use, I like little palettes. If I'm working on a small project, it's neat and they're nice and tidy. They have these little wells in them, I put the color around the outside and then I mix in the middle. If you write a bigger area or you want a bigger canvas, where you're going to need bigger quantities of paint, just a nice white ceramic plate is a good choice. I see people use papers, styrofoam. This is probably better for the environment because you can wash it and it gets nice and clean. I have other paint palettes. If you have a paint palette that looks like this, that's fine too. If you paint a lot, you may, especially with acrylic, once it dries, it dries, it's plastic and it stuck on there. This is all totally dry, it looks like a big old mess, but it's fine. Use whatever you want. I have something to put paint in. The next step is to have a surface. I'm going to be using canvas if I like. Multiple kinds of canvas, this one's just simple wood wrapped with canvas and staples has a little bit of a primer on it already. You can put another blank coat of white or gray or any simple color to make it a little smoother if you want. You can also use a paper palette if you want. Just make sure it's made for painting. If you get a paint pad, the cover of the art pad usually say something like, "Made for paint or wet media," something like that. Another thing I like to have is a piece of paper. The reason I like to have that as if I mix up a color and I'm not sure if it's exactly what I want, I'll paint a little swatch on my paper and hold it up like that. It's also good for wiping your brush off. Like if you have a lot of paint, you want to move on to the next color, I think you got swipe it off on there, on your paper towel and move on. Now, most importantly, is our toy guest of honor. If you have your original toy, great. If not, no worries, the Internet has endless search possibilities. Google that toy and find some reference images, do your print out or look at on a screen. My goal in creating this class was to give you the chance to revisit some of those things that made you really happy when you were a little kid. Try to take a quiet moment and think back to what you were doing in maybe elementary school. What toy, when you looked at those toy catalogs, what did you see in the toy catalog that you really wanted or when you were in the store, what did you see that just made you gasp and think, I want that toy. If you were coming home from school, what was that toy you picked up first? What was that first thing you wanted to play with? Or if you were to a friend's house, your eyes would get big and you would want to play with that one toy. We're looking for that feeling of childhood elation, that's what we're going for. We really just want to spark that feeling of joy you had and just have something that's a warm, fuzzy, good memory that we can make a painting version of. Now, if you're having trouble thinking of what to paint, here's a few things that could jog your memory. One thing you could do is look at old photos, get out your old family photo album, go visit your grandmother or your mom or your aunt or somebody that knew you when you were little and and take a look at their photos. You can also talk to those people. Ask someone who knew you at an elementary age or even younger age, like your siblings or cousins or parents and grandparents, maybe even your neighbors or an old teacher if you still keep in touch. Another thing that's fun. Sometimes I'll come across toys I've even forgotten I played with by Googling something like, "Top toys of the 1980s." That's when I was a kid or whatever time period works for you. If you do that and you look at some of those top toys at the decade list, I'm almost positive you're going to come up with a toy that you remember and something that'll make your inner seven-year-old smile. We went over all your supplies, what you need, and how to find some pictures of that toy if you don't have it in person. We're going to get your toys setup in the next video in its perfect pose, we want to get it all set up. Go find your favorite thing for when you were little and meet me back here. Go on, get that xylophone, find those Hot Wheels scrunch up that Rubik's cube. I'll see you in a minute. 3. Modeling Your Toy: In this video, you'll learn how to set your toy up in the most flattering pose. If you have the real toy, that's great, but if not, that's fine. Reference photos will work too, and I'll show you how to use those. First, I'll show you how to set it up with reference photos. Next, I'm going to show you what to do if you have the actual toy. Here are a few tips. Pick a photo that is not foreshortened because it can be tricky to get those proportions right if you're a beginner. If you really like that, look, it's very cute sometimes just to see the zoomed-in face. If you really like that, go for it. There's no hard and fast rules, but sometimes when you're just starting out, it can be frustrating to try to draw that kind of a distorted angle. Just make that choice based on how advanced or not you are. A three-quarter angle is always good, or even a side, or a front view. If you're having trouble finding it, you can search the manufacturer and toy name, and usually, you'll find old advertising images. In some photos you might need to remove a kiddo, but that's fine. You can look at the images on your screen or print them out as reference photos. I like to tape or clip mine nearby so that I can see them without having to hold them. Now, if you're using a real toy, try this, prop it up in front of you. If it wants to tip over, try leaning against a wall or something heavy, then just don't paint that part. In my studio, the background is kind of messy and I don't want to be distracted. I just set up a box and put a white sheet over it. It just gives me a nice blank background. It doesn't have to look perfect. Try a few different angles, like a three-quarter or head-on angle for toys with faces, but choose whatever appeals to you most. I like to have lighting from overhead, from one side like this. You turn on the light and you get nice shadows and highlights. You can prop up a lamp or a lantern or just post the toy by a window. This will help give you some shadows and highlights to give shape to the object. Here is a fun bonus tip. I like to do this one on painting and sketching and drawing, and maybe you'll think it's fun too. I like to put on music that has something to do with what I'm painting. Since I'm painting something from my childhood, I'm probably going to be listening to a 1980s playlist. Something fun that reminds me of when I was little and playing with these toys. Maybe you can find a playlist from your decade or put together a playlist of songs that you really liked or when you're at the age when you have these toys. I think that's extra fun. It just gives me a little extra energy and it just makes it seem like more of a special occasion, like a little painting party for me, or if you're doing it with the group, it's just a little extra fun. In this lesson, you learned to set up your toy. You learned to get it set up and posed in a way that'll be easier for you to paint and to put light on it so you get lights and shadows. Now that you're done with that, we're going to move on to the sketch phase. 4. Time to Sketch!: The goal for this video is to do a sketch of your toy. You're going to draw that main parts of your subject out with colored chalk. Now, this is a loose, easy sketch, doesn't have to be perfect. You just want to lay out the basic shapes of your toy. So I have Teddy Bits set up and I've decided I want a background line just to show in the background where the table is. See, that's wobbly. If I want I can go back in and, where's my water? If I really want to erase that, it wasn't quite a perfect line. Honestly, I don't really care. But just to show you an example, I can just take some water on a paintbrush for Q-tip on my finger, and then just smooch it up. See, easy-peasy, it's gone. I'm going to draw my line again. Now, I'm just going to block out Teddy Bits and I picked the pose I like. So Teddy Bits has pretty big round head, roundish. Again. See that line's messy right there. I don't really care. I'm just going to use this outside one. Now, if I have a bunch of lines, for example, if I'm like, I can't decide where, sometimes I will even draw an arrow like this. I'm like, well, I like this line and I like this line. When I go to paint, I know those are the ones I want. But that can get messy too. So if you're that kind of person, draw an arrow, that's fine, do it again. If you want a real, clear idea of what's coming up, just get it wet and scrub it off and start over. It's the nice thing about chalk, you can just start over. Teddy Bits's head. Here we go. There's some little scrubbies left from the paper towel. I'm going to wipe those off. Teddy Bits's head is like this. Let's see. Teddy Bits's body is about the same size as her head. In fact, it's even a little bit smaller. Most stuffed animals, like little babies, have really enormous heads. Just got rounded little sausagey legs. You know what? I don't like how far down they go. I want them to be a little shorter. Scrub it out some more. I'll make her body even a little shorter. Sometimes if I think a feature is cute, like really big eyes or little tiny legs, I'll even exaggerate it a little bit. I'm going to exaggerate that a tiny bit. Now, let's see. For her face, what you want to do is really get the features correct. If your toy has a face, those proportions are pretty important. You can take some liberties with the legs and the arms and things like that, but you want to get the facial features right. I'm going to really take a look at Teddy Bits's is face and I've noticed that on her head, her eyes are in the middle, they're even a little bit lower than middle. So I think I'm going to draw in her eyes and I'm going to draw them even a little tiny bit bigger than they are just because I think that's cute. You can draw yours as close to realistic as you want. Now, she has this little muzzle. I'm not sure what you call that front piece, but the part that has the nose and the mouth is in here. I'm going to draw that in. Then on there, I have a tiny nose, a little tiny nose and a little tiny red piece of fabric for mouth. That's close to what I want. I'm trying to look at it. I keep looking back and forth from the sketch and the doll and seeing what's different. I think the top of her head, I don't like the shape exactly. I'm going to try that again. You can just keep experimenting. You don't have to make it perfect, but if there's something you don't like, go ahead and change it. It's easier to change it this stage than when you have paint. Acrylic paint is really forgiving, so it's easy to change later too. Now, her ears are a triangular shape. You know what? I got to look in at Teddy Bits, and I've had Teddy Bits since I was three years old, and I have always thought of Teddy Bits as a bear, but I think Teddy Bits is a cat. Don't tell Teddy Bits, but I swear, Teddy Bits is a cat because of the pointed ears. I think that's a feature that most cat dolls have. Anyway, I think that's funny. I've had this doll so long. But in my heart, Teddy Bits will always be a Teddy, so there. Now I'm going to draw in the middle of the eyes. The eyes are pretty important if your doll has a face, just because it's a defining feature. Try to get that right if you can. But like I said, it just doesn't have to be perfect. Now, Teddy Bits has a little bit of white, like she has her little socks on, or little sock foot. I'm going to study where that line is and draw it. Again, not perfect. It doesn't need to be. Just play with that until you're happy. Now, one thing I've noticed is I don't exactly like where the background line is because I don't like how it meets up exactly with her hand. So I'm going to make it a little lower. I'm going to put it a little lower. If I want to draw a line, I start drawing the line, then I lift my chalk to keep drawing the imaginary line, so I'm in the right place, then I put it back down where I'm going to start drawing again and pull it across. I like that a little bit better. One thing you can do to try to help you get that proportion with the eyes right is, it's a funky thing you see artists doing in old-timey videos, but it really works. So you hold up your brush. Let me give you an example. Here's Teddy Bits. You hold up your brush. If I was looking at Teddy Bits and I would hold my finger in-between, let's see, Teddy Bits's eyes, and if Teddy Bits's eyes is this far apart, I would move my finger back and forth to where it was that far apart between my eyes in the canvas, and I will try to get that right. Then I would come back, and I might make a triangle between Teddy Bits' nose and eyes like that, and then hold my hand exact same way and go back between the canvas and see if my eye and the nose are making that triangle. That's a little confusing to think about, but if you make a proportion on your paintbrush and then hold it up to the canvas in the same position, it can help you figure out if you've got those proportions right. That's a little more advanced. So if you're a beginner and you just want to try to make it look like what you see, then just try some sample drawings, just draw it a little bit until you're happy with the look. Now, if you're drawing an object like an eight ball an etch a sketch, concentrate on making the circle or a rectangle shape look right, because that's a big part of what the toy looks like. Again, you're not going for perfection here, but just a general feeling of what the toy looks like. This is simply a guide for us to use when we start blocking in color with our paints. Now that we have the sketch of your toy completed, let's go ahead and set up your painting supplies. 5. Arranging Your Space: This lesson will show you how to arrange your supplies. Now, I do this step after setting up my subject and drawing my sketch. That way I don't risk knocking over paint or my supplies or having them dry out, having the paint dry out while I'm drawing. Acrylic paint dries really quickly and if you pour out your paint before you set up your model and do your sketch, half the time your paint's going to be gummy and dry and get a film on top of it. So this just helps you conserve paint and have it be nice and fresh just before you paint. You've got your canvas or your panel or your paper, whatever. Oh, I just had a fun thought. You can even paint on a t-shirt or something if you feel like it. When I was a kid, they would do a lot of t-shirt paintings, that might be fun. Now, we're going to look at your paint colors. I always loved this part. If you don't have your toy, you can take a photo to the art supply store or look on the Internet for hot wheels or whatever it was and try to find the color you like. I have my real toy here, so I'm going to look for some pinks. I have a sample of pinks out. Now, this pink could work, no matter what if this was your only pink, this could work. You could lighten it with a bit of white till to get there, but it's not quite the right color. Here's another pink. This one, if I lightened it with white would be better, but it's got a little bit too much of a pinky purple. Here's a cheap paint. That one's real neony, that's not quite right. The one I have in my studio that is the closest to the correct color is this one. It's a light portrait pink by Liquitex. See how that band on the label will show you what color it is. Another thing you can do if you're at the store, now, don't squirt paint everywhere, they'll get mad at you, but you open it up. Sometimes the color isn't actually true to what's on the label. If you get an actual look on the cap or something like that, it'll show you what the paint looks like. So I think that's the one I'm going to go with. Now, you don't have to have every color in the rainbow. You really just want the colors that are on your object. With this doll, with my beloved teddy bear, I'm going to have a pink. This was originally white, but now it's a dirty creamy color. We've got this beautiful brilliant green of her eyes, some black for the pupil, a little red dash for the mouth. For the background, I'll just have to pick whatever paint colors I want for the background, I might go with a greenish sagey blue. I'm not going to need all the colors. But if you did want a bunch of colors, I'm going to show you a sample paint palette. Here is how I like to lay out my colors. I like to put them in rainbow order. So I've got red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, and then I go brown, black, white. Now the reason I lay my colors out like this is that paint palettes can get messy and I like to always know where my paints are. If I just randomly squeeze them out like plop, plop, plop, plop like toothpaste, I don't always know where they are and I want to concentrate more on the painting than on finding colors. So if I paint them in rainbow order, I put them in my wheels in rainbow order, I always know where the colors are. Also, painting can get messy. Now if I get a little bit of green mixed in with my blue, that's not the end of the world. They're pretty similar colors. But if I get blue mixed in with my yellow, that can turn the yellow, green. Or if I get blue and my red that can turn all of that nice, bright red, kind of a purply muddy color. Keeping them in this rainbow order helps keep the paint cleaner too. I also try to keep white away from everything else. White is a real pure color and any drop of anything else can turn that white muddy. So here's a pro tip. Anytime you need white paint, clean your brush. Clean it. Put it in water. Clean it, brush, brush, tap, tap and so it's not all drippy. I soak up the water. I'll take it and I will put it on either my napkin or come here paper, or a piece of paper and I'll scrub on it. If I see any trace of color, for example, if I had red and I washed my brush and I see any trace of red. see how there's just a tiny, tiny bit of red. That brush still isn't clean. So if I go into my white, it's going to make it real muddy. I'm going to clean it again, dry it, and this time, when I rub it on there, it's nice and clean so it's ready to go into the white. Another thing you can do is just use a new paintbrush. You can switch out your paintbrush but try really hard to keep your colors as clean as you can and that way you'll get truer colors when you mix them and you put them on your palette. Now, let's think about the background. You can always keep it super simple and neutral or you can add some color. It just depends on what you want your final product to look like. Here's an art tip. To make your colors look more intense, you can always pair them with their opposite color on the color wheel. Let's look at a color wheel. If we're painting big bird who's bright yellow, yellow is a cross from blue, violet on the color wheel. So if you use a blue-violet shade, even if it's lighter or even if it's bright, or even if it's darker, if you use some sort shade, it's going to make those yellow feathers stand out more. Now, you don't have to go super bright. You can go really classic and simple. If you use a simple gray or whiter, a creamy color in the background, it'll be a really classic look and it'll put all the focus on your toy. Once you know the colors you like and you want to use, squeeze them on your palette. I like to put my paper towel here. I like to put my water here, and I like to my brushes here. The reason is, I can pick up a brush, I can mix colors, I can dip it in water and I can dry it and to me, this is a good order. If I have my paint down here in my water up here, I might be dragging my sleeve in it and if I have my water too far away or my brushes here, sometimes if I'm trying to get water and clean my brushes, I'm dropping dirty water in my palette and I don't want that. So that is why I set it up in about this order like that. Once you've got your supplies ready, like you do right now, you're ready to move on to paint. That reminds me, do you know what time it is? I do. It's Paint Thirty. So let's go paint. 6. Painting Basic Colors: This video is going to show you how to block in our very basic colors. I've got long sleeves on, so I'm going to push them up. You can just wear some painting clothes. If you want. I find it easier to clean off my skin than to clean off my clothing. If the weather is nice, I have an old house dress, it reminds me of my [inaudible]. Did any of your grandmothers ever wear house dresses? Actually, she was too glamorous for that. She never wore house dresses, but I think somebody in my family had old-fashioned house dresses. But they have snaps, and while I'm painting I like these because I can just snap it on over whatever I'm wearing and it protects my clothing. Sometimes I'm messier than others. The first thing we're going to do is paint the background, that's what's behind your toy. I like to start at the top and work my way down. You can start anywhere you want. Like I said, there are no rules. I'm just showing you my standard way of doing things, and I'll tell you why I do that. I like to start at the top and work my way down, so I don't drag my hand through wet paint. Because if I started for example down here and then went to the top, at some point I'm probably going to brush my forearm or something like that into it and get my hand all painty. Acrylic dries pretty fast. If I start at the top and work down to the bottom usually by the time I'm here and done at the bottom sections, I've got relatively dry paint that I'm not going to be as messy. Now I don't care if I get paint on me but the problem is, if I come back up here again I might smear that paint into other areas of the painting which I don't want to do. The first thing we're going to do is mix up a color for the background. I'm going to have teddy bits sitting on a lighter surface of a Seiji bluey-green aqua color, and I'm going to draw a darker color in the background. I'm going to mix up that darker color first, I put out my paint colors. Like I said in the last video we do rainbow order but I don't have all the rainbow paints in this one, so I just approximately put them in rainbow order based on the colors I'm going to use. I'm not going to actually use my biggest brush, I'm going to use a medium brush in this instance because I want to be able to get around some of those little details like the corner of her neck and the top. The first thing I do, is I usually dip a dry brush in water, tap it off, and then dab that up a little bit. I find that when you very first start painting with a brush if you don't get it wet first that first dip into the paint really soaks into the bristles. I just think it's harder to clean later, so I get it wet. I get all my bristles wet first, and then everything absorbs that paint a little more evenly. I'm going to start with some aqua. I'm going to mix up quite a bit of this because I need to fill in that whole background, so I'm going to actually mix up probably a little bit more than I need. Now, I want the background to be an aqua green but teddy bits has brilliant green eyes, so I'm also going to work in a tiny bit of that brilliant green into this background color just to help it all go together. I think that may be okay, I may be happy with that. One thing you can do too when you are done is you can come around and paint your edges too if you want to. Up in here. You don't have to do that now, but if you have enough paint after you're done you might come around and paint it so you have gallery edges. If you frame it, it doesn't matter. But if you just hang it on the wall, it's nice to paint all the way around. I'm just going to dip my brush into some paint. I don't get such a huge clump that are like this. It's going to; do you see? Splat. I'm trying to try make it splat. Come on, splat. What? There. I don't like to splat because sometimes you can't control it, but I don't like so little that it leaves tiny marks. I'm just going to start at the top, and I'm going to start working around ears and shapes like that. I got this section here.[MUSIC] What you just saw me do was block in a very basic background. At this point some people like a lot of brush marks, some people don't. If you like a lot of brush mark, you can even exaggerate the more by pushing into your brush and just leaving some real rhythmic feeling splotches. See that. If I dab a little more, I can create more brush marks. If you don't like it just start moving your brush in a more gentle way around back and forth to smoothen out. One thing you also might want to do. Here's a pro tip. I'm going to switch brushes but I don't want to totally quit using this brush, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to use x-shaped marks to get most of the paint off this, and then I'm just going to stick it in the water for just a little bit. I wouldn't leave it in there a long time because I would smash the tip of my brush boot. For just a few seconds or a minute or two, I'm going to leave that in there while I work on something else. Now, I'm going to get a real smashy junky older brush. Don't throw away your brushes. If your brush is ever looking manky and yucky don't send it to the brush graveyard, keep it. Alright, here's an old splayed-out brush. See that, it looks chunky. What I like to do is take it, pinch at it a little bit in case like a rabid squirrel. It has hair falling out of its tail or something. I'm going to make sure I don't leave a bunch in the paint, but then I'll just take and make circularly brushy marks. See how that's smoothing out things. If I have little pieces of paint that are laying on the surface that are thicker than others, if I just use a gentle quick circular motion it'll smooth out some of those brushstrokes. Now, I'm going to do more of my table, my foreground. I'm going to go ahead and re-use this color I have in here. See this color? I like it and I just want to use a lighter version of it. I'm going to get this brush, clean because I'm going to go to my white next. Remember I said you really want to keep those brushes clean before you get into your white paint or you can make a huge mess. One trick I use if I'm going to add white, is I don't take my brush and plot the white in the middle and then get more. I go to an area on my palette over here where there is nothing, so I scoop up. I use my brush like a spoon, and I scoop up some white and I plunk it in there. See I'm not even touching that, so I'm going to keep that white really clean before I start mixing. Now I'm going to mix it. If I mix more on the white side that are in the color side over here, I can mix a lighter white, and then that gives me the option. If I want a darker color I start mixing with more of the colors, but I'm going to try to mix more up here in the white area initially. Now I'm going to go on to painting this section. Same, I work from the top of it to the bottom of it trying as best as I can to follow these chalk outlines, so I'm going to work on that for a little while. I want to show you something real quick, see how I got into the chalk. It virtually disappears, but sometimes you'll get a nice little pink smear in there. I think that's fun, I like to leave that little hint of color in there. If you don't like that, campaign over it later. Use the same color and put a second coding on it like this. Well, it's not dry yet, but when you come back at second time it'll just be gone. But I think those are fun little bits of color you get.[MUSIC] I just finished the bottom section. Now that I'm looking at this, I think this is too green. I don't like the shade I've made as much now that I'm looking at it, but that's fine. I'm going to remedy that by adding something that has a bit more blue in it. I want to make this a little bit more aqua, and right now that's a really pretty color but it's not quite what I wanted. I'm going to do a squirt of blue, and I'm just going to work right back into that initial color I had done here. I'm going to scoop up some of those other colors I used to initially make it and dab a little bit of water, not a lot. If you use too much water in this mix, it's going to make it too transparent. But I'm not as worried as I'd be if it was my first coat because I already have a coat of paint down, so I don't mind if a little bit of that shows through in the background. Let me show you an example of what I talked about earlier. I'm going to grab a piece of paper. I'm not sure it's the color I want, so I'm going to paint a stripe of this on the edge of a piece of paper like that. See, it's my first swatch and I'm going to hold it up. Now that I'm looking at that I think it's still too green, I want more blue. It's nice to have had that sample piece of paper because that way I didn't waste my time painting all the background again, and now I want more blue. I'm going to use a tiny dab of water; not much, just to help me mix it up a little bit. Mix that blue. Yes, I can even tell it's subtle, but the blue; this one, you can see it has more blue and I'm going to hold it up. Yes, that's what I'm looking for. I'm just going to paint over what I just painted because I want a different color, and you can do that too.[NOISE] 7. Painting Basic Colors - Part II : What I just did was paint over that first background color and I didn't cover it completely I left a little bit shining through. If I absolutely hated the background color, I could totally obliterate it, but I did mix a little bit of water with the paint, so we could see it a little bit underneath. If you'll notice, I also touched up the edges of the sides because I didn't want the sides to look green and then have this more blue background on the front. Now another thing you can do if this is too flat and boring for you if you want more going on in your background make sense on some these other colors. I'll show you an example of how to do that. I'll probably paint over it in a little bit, but I just want to show you an example. Grab some of this lighter color on your color palette and tap it around a little. See how I'm just giving it some gentle dabs in there. If you wanted to make an eighties looking, you could even do a splatter effect or something like that in the back. But while the paint's still a little bit wet, you can take these little dabs and just make some fair, I don't hold my brush up so I'm going to turn it sideways so I can get a gentle dabbing motion and I just drag it through here a little bit. If you want to give your background a little bit of extra color and have a little more something going on in there. Then I'm going to dry my brush a little bit and then I'm going to come back in and just gently blend those together a little bit so that I have multi-colors in the background and it's not just one flat blue. One thing I think I'd like to do is make these marks in a shape of Teddy Bits's head. That'll give some subtle rhythm and motion to the piece. Now I'm falling the outline of Teddy Bits's head to give a very subtle halo look. I accidentally went a little too far down into there, but all I have to do is go back and gets me my original paint and smooth that line again. They have this a little bit of a line, I want to blend that line a little bit. I going to clean my brush off to where I just have water left, then I'm going to smear my slightly wet brush along that and just bring it down a little bit, then I'll rub it with my finger and I'll get more of a subtle blending. I'm going to take a break for a minute and go clean my water. The next thing I'm going to paint is the pink of Teddy Bits's fur, and the opposite from pink or red, red and white make pink. The opposite on the color wheel is green, and I've got this greeny blue background. If I get any of this into the pink, it's going to muddy the pink so I'm going to go clean my water. I'm back. While I was getting freshwater, I decided to clean my brush. Now if you use white acrylic or other synthetic brushes like this, they'll get stained and as long as you do that test on paper towels to make sure they're not leaving colors, they're fine, but don't be worried when you see your brush after you clean it. My Teddy Bits is a dirty pink, but I want to paint Teddy Bits a little bit like I remember Teddy Bits in her heyday or as I imagine she would be. I imagined she'd be a nice bright pink. I'm going to start with this pink that I have, and I'm just working for a basic color right now, so I'm just going to use it straight from the tube. I'm not even going to mix this one, I'm just going to work it in. Again. I'm going to start from top to bottom. Her ears are a creamy beige in the middle, so I'm only going to paint the outsides that have a little area of fur around the outside. That's pink then the interior is a dirty whitish color. Now, see right here, I went over the background, see the pink is a little transparent so we can see the edge. That's not a problem. I don't want to see the background through it, but I'll come in for a second pass later and just paint over that. Some colors are more transparent than others, and this just happens to be a somewhat transparent pigment. Now I made a big flumpy line there, when I pushed my brush I had a lot of paint on it, so there's this big bumpy line, I don't like that. What I'm going to is, just take my finger and just pull it down. Now I don't want to smear it and smudge it that'll blend the pink in the background, I'm going to take my finger and just swipe straight down. I'm going to use another finger because this finger has paint on it and swipe straight down, and then I'll clean my hand off. That way I don't have a big ridge of paint on the edge of Teddy Bits's head. I can just smooth that out a little bit with my brush again. For this layer, we're not going for anything but basic color. We'll call that local colors sometimes. Basically it's just the color of the fur when Teddy Bits was made, whatever fabric they use to make that pink fur, that is our basic color, our local color. We'll add shadows and highlights later, but for now we're just concentrating on this color, so I'm going to paint. You just saw me block in the basic pink. This is much brighter than Teddy Bits is in reality but I'm taking some liberties because this is the color I'm looking for. Now, I'm going to work in on her little sock feet, her muzzle, and her insides of her ears, a beige creamy color. I'm going to retain a tiny bit of this pink on my brush, not much, but I'm going to clean it off as good as I can. Now, I'm doubling up because I'm running out of the mixing area, and when I normally paint, I just spread things out everywhere but so I can film it. I'm going to go ahead and mix it on this little plate so I have just a little bit more room to mix. I'm going to scoop up some white, like I showed you, like a spoon, scoop up that white, and then I'm going to come over here. Now I'm going to get a little tiny bit of this ocher yellow color and mix that in a little. When I mix it with white, I'm getting, that's too yellowy. To tone down the yellow, what you can do is either add, I normally don't add black because it makes things muddy, but in this instance, I might want it to be a little muddy, so I am going to use a tiny bit of black. Normally black makes things to dull, but in this instance, I'm going for a dirty old fur color. I'm going to do that trick again while I paint on my paper. It's a little too dark, that's reading to me a little more gray so I'm going to wipe off my brush. I'm going to get it clean enough I can scoop up some more white and I'm going to put the white in the corner and I'm going to mix up here in the lighter white side. Yeah, that's what I want. Now I'm going to go in and paint the inside of the ears. Now, what just happened is that I took my creamy colored paint and I mixed it up here and there was still wet pink paint. Now, there are times I want to blend my colors like I did in the background, but I don't want to do that here. One thing we can do is get a trusty old blow dryer or a heat gun. Oh my gosh, this is probably from the 80s, this is really old nest blow dryer. Put your paint somewhere else or go blow-dry somewhere else, if you use your blow dryer next to your paint, you're also going to draw your paints out. But take your piece somewhere else or move your paints and just concentrate on maybe 6-8 inches like you would your hair and just blow dry your paint. If you get your paint dry, then you can paint over the next layer without smearing these little bits. If you want to blend the paint, go ahead and leave it wet, but in this instance, I want that paint to be totally dry, so I'm going to go blow-dry that, and then I'll come back. I'm going to continue painting my cream stuff now. I've got the cream layer laid down. Now, I want to put in that brilliant green a Teddy Bits's eyes. I'm going to go for the greenest green I have, but I'm just concentrating on a flat wash of color right now. I'm not adding the depth and the extra details I'm going to add later. In this first color step, we're just putting down flat color. That's it. I can highlights some shadows and details and texture later. Next, typically, when I'm painting, I go in order. I would add the black in the pupils, but this is still a little wet and I have some other details to add, so I'm going to go ahead instead of blow drying at this point and moving on to the little bit of the pink nose, and then I'm going to work on the little dab of red for the mouth. Again, you might have lost a little of your sketch. If you want to, this is the time you can get your chalk back out. Make sure it's dry. Touch it with your finger. You don't want to draw on this while it's wet because it'll just smudge and you won't really see your line. This is a good time to just walk away, get a cup of tea, take a bathroom break, whatever, just go do something fun for a while, then come back when it's dry. Or if you'd like to keep working on it now, hit it with a blow dryer or a heat gun, and then you can draw on it again. I'm going to just draw on Teddy Bits's tiny little nose. Now I've realized Teddy Bits's nose is off-center. I'm just going to draw it centered for today. There we go. I drew that in and paint her little nose. Her little tongue is red and I only have pink on my palette. Sometimes I'll leave an extra spot on my palette a blank if I can, and I just need a tiniest dab, because sometimes I like to come in and add extra color later. Another thing I might do if I wanted to add an extra color, but all my wells were full, I would pick the color it was most like. In this instance, I think this pink is the closest and I would put that tiny dab up in the corner where it wasn't touching the other paint. Remember when I said in rainbow order, like keep the colors that are most like each other, closer to each other. That's another way to add more paint to your palette if all your wells are already full. Now I'm trying to follow the shape. Really, this is just like a sad tiny little scrap of felt, but it's Teddy Bits's mouth so I want to get it right. I made it a little bit too big so I'm going to clean my brush really well. I still have some of that creamy muzzle color so I think I did it a little bit too broad on the bottom and a little too wide, so what I'm I going to do? I'm just going to paint over it. Now it may take me a couple of coats and it's not entirely dry, this would be a good time to hit it with a blow dryer. But you can just do a couple of coats of that color, and it's like white-out. If you know what white-out is, that's something you put over typing mistakes, and it just covers it up. There we go. Teddy Bits, I fixed your mouth. 8. Shadows & Highlights: Our goal in this next video is to paint in the shadows and highlights. I like to paint the shadows first because they're darker. Then if I come in and need to change anything or have any mistakes, I like to put the lighter paint on next. You can work the other way around if you want, but that's how I like to work. The first thing you want to do is figure out where your light is coming from. We established this when we set your toy up for painting, we got it's little model shot setup. Wherever the light's coming in and for my painting, I've got the light coming in from the upper left, the shadows are on the opposite side. Try to think of it like if the light is coming from the upper left, it's touching the upper left and anything that sticks out like the arm or the rounded muscle or the little pads of the little feet or the other arm. Anywhere the light touches, we've got highlight and what's on the other side is a shadow. This is a soft rounded toy, so we're going to have softer shadows and highlights. Nothing is going to be a real hard line in this. If you have a toy that's angular or has really sharp angles, those highlights and shadows will be really sharp like along the edge of a, let me show you an example. If a highlight was hitting this, you'd have a really sharp highlight hitting the lid and then you'd have a really sharp shadow where the edges, but with a soft rounded item like a teddy bear, we're just going to have soft things. I'm going to mix up some shadow paint. A beginner mistake I often see is people will take this pink color and then to make a shadow, they just add black to it. Now, that's not to say you can never use black, but choosing a shadow with a deeper color of a shade that's a darker version of the original color, it almost always gives your painting more life. For example, with this pink, I can go about that a couple of ways. I can add a darker pink, I can choose one of these darker pinks or maybe a little red, that will give me a darker version of this color. That's a nice place to start, especially if I really like that color and want to stick with that bright warm pink. Another thing that gives a slightly more realistic look is if I take this pink and mix a little bit of opposite on the color wheel. I'll maybe do a combination of that today, but this pink, the opposite on the color wheel is green. If I mix a tiny bit of green into that pink, it's going to give me a more natural shadow color. Let me show you both ways. The first way is taking a little pink and mixing in a darker pink. I think I need to move to a smaller brush for this too. If I tried to put that in there, those lines are going to be too big. I'm going to move to a smaller brush. If I take this and I want to show you some shadow, let's do the shadow under the chin right here, I just draw a line with this darker pink. It's still pink, but it's a darker pink now. Where it hit Teddy bits, the light goes on the chin area and then we've got this darker shadow on the neck and then it's a gentle transition to the rest of the body. Instead of just leaving that stripe right right there, I'm going to wash my brush off. I'm going to need a tiny wet, just leave a tiny bit of water in it. I'm just going to gently move that paint down a little so I soften the line, that way it's not just like a big stripe on Teddy bits neck. If I want it a little softer even, I pick up a little more water and move that down, so it softens the line. Now, before I change anything else in this area, I want it to dry. I use my blow dryer or leave it alone for a little bit. I'll use this opportunity to show you the other technique I talked about, which is taking our pink and adding an opposite color on the color wheel. I'm going to go ahead and use some of this green we already had mixed up because it's from the background. Now when I say a little, I mean just a little. If I mix too much, I'll get a really gray color, and I don't want it too dark. Now I'm going to show you this example on the bottom of Teddy bits arm and where her arm meets her body. This is a cooler shadow in this instance. I'm going to use the same technique where I go to the light shining here, it's hitting the top in this little crevice where there's a fold, the arm is stuffed more here and it gets thinner here. There's more of a shadow. Then on the underside, you don't get as much light. Now I'm going to wipe my brush off a little, get it a little bit wet so it has a little bit of pain and it's still in a little bit of water, and do the same thing I did at the neckline, which is to soften that line, I'm going to get a little bit more water. It's subtle, but it does give a nice shadow. Now I'm going to take a look at those and see which one I like best. I think this is too pink. I think it makes it look like poor Teddy bits it's almost been to the guillotine or something. I don't like that look, I want to use where we mixed the opposite color in. What I'm going to do is just paint over it. Always you can just paint over acrylic. It's so nice. If there's too much shadow, that's okay. I can paint over it later with some of that local color. That's the original. In fact, I'll show you how to do that right now. If that's too low and you want the shadow not be severe, go get this original color. I'm using this original pinky peach, and start below the shadow and work your way up. I'm going to start below. A lot of this is just personal preference. It depends on how much shadow you want or how much you don't. All right, I'm going to mix up a little bit more of that color over here on the edge. I'm going to start just adding in shadows. Let me see when I look at Teddy bits, the inside corner, this ear is folded over, so I get some shadow going on in here. In fact, where that ear is recessed, it's in pretty dark shadow. I'm going to go ahead and paint it almost as dark as the background in that one little area. Same here. The color is that whitey dirty cream color, but the ear folds in quite a bit. To give the illusion of some depth in those little ear holes, I'm going to paint some deeper shadow. Then I'm going to get my brush wet and smooth that shadow out a little bit. You can leave really crisp lines on a shadow if you want, but I just like to make mine a little more of a gentle transition, but you can leave a really sharp shadow if you like the look. I want to point out a few things I did that might not be entirely intuitive. There's actually not technically a huge shadow here, it's a smaller shadow, but because I want to get the arm the impression it's in front, I did go with this slightly darker shadow than it really has right here. I'll smooth that out when I add some highlight later. Another thing I do is I make the shadow along the bottom edge a little sharper than I would the other shadows. I want a fairly sharp shadow right there, so it gives the impression of having some weight. In fact, I'm going to go ahead and make that shadow out of the background color. I'm going to take some of this original background color we had, which is close to this one, but it's darker, and I'm going to use that as my shadow under Teddy bits. Remember, when it hits the ground, we're looking at the shadow on the table or whatever surface your doll is sitting on. It's important to give it a sense of weight so that it's not just floating in the air and space in them. One of the best ways to do that is to anchor it with the shadow. Then my doll model setup area. The shadow isn't huge, but it's right around here and then it fades off to the edge in a fuzzy way. It's not very strong once it gets off to the sides. So I'm going to make the shadow darker up near my little friend, up where the leg is touching the table. Then as the shadow grows, it gets a little lighter. So I'm going to get a little less paint on my brush and a little more water. I'm going to work the shadow out. I'm just pulling the paint away from the really dark section. For this, I like my brush to be dry when I do this part. So I keep going off to the edge to my paper towel and drying it. Now, I'm going to move into the highlights. What you can do for highlights is similar to the shadows, but there's a few different ways you can handle it. You know how I said with shadows you don't typically want to mix in black. With highlights, you can just mix in white. I like mixing in white. Sometimes if you want a more depth or nuanced color, you can mix any yellow or a warmer shade. This time while you're making highlights, any extra colors you add, keep them close on the color wheel. We've got pink. I would go with another pink or maybe an orange or a yellow to lighten it up, mix with some white. I would not use the opposite on the color wheel for highlights. If you do that, it's going to make the color recede and look muddy. So for highlights, add white or yellow or a lighter version of that color. Again, because we're working with pink now and not the opposite green, greenish blue on the color wheel, I'm going to go wash my brushes really good and get some freshwater. I'm back. One thing I'm going to be trying to do in this next section is to give some more roundness and softness. We're not quite working on details yet where we're bringing out fur texture. But I do want to start making Teddy bits look softer and squeezable. I'm going to start mixing up, turn my plate so I have a clean place to work. I'm going to start mixing up some pink. My pink is starting to dry. It's forming a scummy bit on top. That happens. My brush. Use that paint brush like a little spoon to scoop out your white. Try not to touch it. Now, I'm going to get a little yellow. I think a little yellow might be nice. I'm going to mix these up and see what I'm getting. Again, I'm going to use that little trick where I paint a little swatch on the edge of the paper. Yeah, I like that. I might need to add a little bit of white later, but I'm going to start with this. I'm going to start touching the highlight. I'm going to let my paint hit the painting where the light actually touches like at the tip of this ear, the top of the head. Anywhere the light is touching, work on that. I'm going to paint that for awhile. I want to add something. Although we are getting in our basic lights and shadows, one thing you can do is start adding in a little bit of texture as you work. Teddy bits has some real shallow fur wobbles nobbles. She's old and been loved so she doesn't have that fluffy carpet like fuzziness of a new toy, but she does have little bits of fur. I picked a brush size that's going to mimic that. I am going to add in the highlights. Here, I just added a stripe of color, but that's flat. What I'm going to start doing is adding in the rest of my highlights like this in the direction her fur actually goes. Again, I'm going to turn my brush so it mimics. It gives me a more natural hand position. Where I see her fur, the direction of her fur seems to be going down and around her face. I'm going to use the highlight color to mimic that fur a little bit. That'll help us get the impression of fuzziness. It's okay on the edge to not keep it perfectly round. Let me show you, for example. Little hairs in there. No, darn it. I scraped off some of the paint. I'll have to come touch that up. I just used a little bit on my finger real quick and I got it wet and I smeared it. That's not perfect, but I wanted to fix that really quick rather than having a scratch in the pink. I'm dabbing it in to mimic fur. Now, It's perfectly smooth over here at the edge, but that's not really what she looks like in real life. She has little furs, so I don't mind going over the edge a little. See how I'm doing that. Let me give you a close up. You see that right here. I'm not afraid to go over the edges there to give it a little bit more of a furry texture and I can do that all around. If your animal or friend has a little bit more texture, go ahead and work on even longer pieces of hair over the edge. Or if you have a doll with long pretty hair, you can use this as a way to go over into the background a little bit. But again, keep these where the light is hitting. I think I'm done highlighting the fur just in this past. Next, I'm going to work on the little muscly part. Teddy bits is looking like she has a five o'clock shadow and I think she needs to smooth that out a little bit. Another important thing is look at your toy or your animal or whatever it is particularly with fur, with a stuffed animal, look at the direction it's going. It's hard to tell. I think I'm going to have to make this highlight lighter. I don't think you're seeing enough differentiation. So in the more detailed face is I'll come in and add more detail. But for example, with Teddy bits the fur leans around the curves. It pushes down in little waves and toughs around. Some animals their fur stick straight out from their heads. Some you get little swirl pattern. So take a look at the direction the hair is actually moving in the animal and it'll help you know what direction to paint it to look more like your doll. I think I am going to stop there for now. What you just saw me do was put in the highlights for this. I'm going to continue in the next section to work on detailed layers but until this dries more, I'm not going to be ready to do this, so this is a good time to take a break or to blow dry a little bit. So you get some of these layers dry and when we come back, we'll work on more detail. 9. Details: This lesson is going to show you how to paint the details, and if you get stuck, don't worry. For example, if you get an eye in the wrong place, that's okay. Just paint over it and start over. You can always paint the basic color on, the basic pink if I messed up the eye and then re-sketch it. I want to show you a few examples of other paintings I've made to give you an example of what we'll work on on this phase. Here is a little pet shop toy. Now, what I would want to concentrate on is if we were depicting this toy, is I'd want to concentrate on these lines up where the hair is, the dark lines of the eye, the crisp little line of that nose. See that little nose? I'm going to get that nose just so. In this phase of the painting, we're looking for those final crisp details. This is a favorite of mine, here is Snoopy. In this one, what we'd want to concentrate on are the really sharp details, the edges of the doll house, I'm sorry, the dog house. Snoopy's nose, the little black tip of his nose, that crisp line of his scarf against the background, the crisp line of his eyes on the goggles, that little highlight in his eye. Small things like that are just those final touches that really give things some life. In this painting with Teddy Bits, I'm going to be working on fur for a long time. Probably 75 percent of the time I'm going to be spending on this painting is going to be getting little texture details in the fur. I think that's meditative and fun to do. Some people might think it's boring. If it is, you can speed it up and just get past that point. If you don't think that's fun, let me find a big splayed out brush, maybe find a big brush and just dab on some texture if you like. You don't have to make it perfect. Just make this fun and give it the feeling you want it to have. If it feels soft and fuzzy to you, try to give it soft fuzzy feelings. That's what I'm going to try to do with this. Then I'm going to work on the details of the face. Particularly if your animal has a face, you really want to start working on crisping up these details of the eyes, and the nose, and the mouth. If you're doing something that's more angular or like a game, focus on the shapes. For example, if you're painting a Rubik's Cube, try to make sure those three rows and columns are all lined up. If you are painting something like an Etch-a-Sketch, make sure you get those little knobs and dials real crisp. Whatever you're doing, pick out the real visible details of it that have a lot of contrast from light and dark and try to make those really show up. I'm going to paint now, and just really concentrate on bringing out the darks and lights, and the texture in the fur. I just finished up the fur. The fur takes a lot of work in my opinion in a painting like this, because it's the bulk of the painting, it's the bulk of the body. From here, I'm going to move on to the eyes. I'm going to go ahead and get one of my tiniest brushes, and I'm going to work on the black centers of the eye. It's unusual in a painting that I use solid black, but in this instance, I am going to use straight solid black. You don't find solid black and nature very much, but this is a plastic toy and you do. For example, like an apple, tire wheels of a bike might be a stark black. Sometimes it does make sense to use black. In this instance, that's what I'm going for. I may come back again and touch these up if they're not quite even. When I paint the green around the outside, there's a good chance I'm going to obliterate some of this black I just painted. I'm going to realize that and just be prepared to come back with some more black later. Now before the green, I want to use the same brush. Again, get it really, really clean, so there's not a trace of black on it. Oh, I have to make sure I'm dry. I don't want to get paint on Teddy Bits. I want to show you something about Teddy Bit's eyes. Can you see the kind of stripy pattern we have going around? These are the stripes. They radiate out from the center. That's a pretty standard characteristic of all dolls. That's something I'm going to try to mimic. It's something I've always really liked about Teddy Bits and thought was really pretty. I'm going to make a slightly darker green than the green I have in my palette by mixing in a little bit of the blue from the background and a tiny bit of the bright, bright, darker pink. Again, sometimes to get a shadow color, you can mix in the opposite color on the color wheel. Now, I'm just going to start from the inside out, making sun ray motions. Now these are going to be subtle because I already have green paint on here. Again, turn your canvas if it's easier for you to paint in some directions than others. But moving the paint in the direction of those starburst lines kind of like a sun, moving him from in and out will make a slight groove with the paint too. Well, actually paint has dimension and depth. It'll make a channel for the lighter color I'm going to put it in a minute. Now, I'm looking at Teddy Bit's eyes and they're really not a yellowy green, they're a pure light green. To lighten this green, I'm going to try a white. That might look too washed out, but it might give me the look I'm going for. I'm going to give it a try. Again, I paint a little swatch and see what I think. Yeah, that's pretty close. In fact, I want it even a little bit lighter. Yeah, I think that's going to work. Okay Teddy Bits, here come your eyes. Don't move. [MUSIC] I think some of those sections, they might be a little too dulled down with that white, so I'm going to go back and mix up a really bright green again. I think I'm going to find the brightest most tennis ball, lemony yellow I can, and I'm going to try a little bit of that with this really intense green I have. That might give me more of a color I want. There's a color that's already mixed that's close to what I want. Let me show you. This is what I just added. But if I just add this, I'm afraid it's going to blend in too much. The reason I'm using this color mixed with the green I already have is because this green is already in this painting, it's already in this palette. So it's going to be more harmonious if I'm including a new color to mix the new yellow, to make that new lighter green with something I already have on my palette. It's going to make them blend together a little more nicely. Oh yeah, I'm liking that one a lot. That's a very, very intense yellowy green. Now I'm going to go back and touch up the nose a little bit. I'm going to add that nose in again, so it pops up out of the fur a little. I'm going to touch up the little mouth one more time. There is a little fur hanging over the edge of it, so I'm not going to completely paint the shape, but I am going to make it a little bit darker. I'm going to touch up that black on the eyes one last time. When I was working on the green, I got a little bit into the black pupil area. That's a little too wet. Let me use a dry corner of a paper towel and just dab it up. My problem with that was I hadn't dabbed my brush off and this off yet. I'm eventually going to add a highlight, but I want to let this black dry totally. I don't want to risk smearing after all that hard work on the eyes and ending up with a gray smear. One thing I want to talk about is, is your toy fading into the background, do you feel like you're losing the edges of the toy or do something not look quite right to you? Sometimes I'll come back at the end and add a slightly darker, more precise edge to help outline the toy against the background. Let me show you an example of how to do that, maybe along this edge. A really dark inversion of this peach mixed up with a little of the darker pink and even a green is giving me almost a purple. I was liking how that was turning out. I just experiment the whole time I'm painting really. What you can do is mix up a darker color and come along the edge. That's not dark enough. No, I don't like that black. That black always muddies it down. Oh dear, I have a smear. No, I don't. That's a fleck of paint. Let me make it even a little darker with some red. Let me put some red in there and see if that can darken it up a little. Yeah, that's a little better. But sometimes I'll come and I'll add some darker colors along the edge, you see that? Then underneath it, I might darken the shadows a little bit more too. I'm running out of my paint. I'm trying remember which one I used for these. I was trying to use a mix of a bunch of different types of paints. Yeah, I think that's the one. Like I said, I'm not super loyal to any one brand of paint. I just like to find the color I'm looking for more than anything else. It's funny that green in this hot pink give me a nice purple. But they do. Here we go. You're just really nitpicky, but I think sometimes they can make a difference. See I'm losing where the fuzzy foot is over here, so I'm going to come pick up just a few little puffy pieces along here. More on the bottom where the shadow is and a very, very few up here. Then there's a little seam on the foot, so I'm going to add a few little dots in here to help give the impression that that's where the fur curves down under that seam. I'm also losing the point where the tip of this foot comes over here so I'm going to add just a few little darker fur puffs in the background to help set that off. Then I blend them into here by just adding a few. I think I'm ready for the very last bit. I'm going to add a little bit of highlight on Teddy Bits's eyes. When I have Teddy Bit set up under the light from earlier, the light is hitting from the left. I've got a pretty big band and then another separate little notch where the actual light fixture is shining. Now you have to be sure your white brush is clean for this because you want solid white for that highlight and you want it to be sharp. The rest of these things are really soft because of the fur, but those eyes are glassy and hard, so really make sure your brush is totally clean. Come in with solid white for this [inaudible] , twist it against the edge of the well to try to get it to a point. The way I'm looking at the eye, it's in the green and the black, there's like a bar and it's the same on each eye and about the same place. Then there's another slight bit below. Then there's a cast shadow on the other side from another window coming in. I'm going to go back over that first one a little bit. Comes into the black a little bit more there. Well, I like that. Oh hi, Teddy Bits, look it's Teddy bits. I just noticed a mistake over here. Look at that. I'm going to have to fix that. Not quite done yet. Now this is the point where you're really going to have to match that. You might scratch it with your fingernail to see if it comes off. Sometimes if it's a glob it will, no it will not. So I'm going to have to be careful and mix up very similar color to what we had before, which might be a little bit tricky. Here we go. Actually that's pretty close, that's not bad. One perk of having a smushy background. Yeah, that's not too bad thing in a little bit more white of having a smushy background instead of a very, very smooth, pristine all one color background as we can touch up a little mistake like that without too much trouble. The last thing I'm going to do is sign my piece and then we'll be done. Now above all else, don't be too hard on yourself. Our goal is to paint this cherished childhood toy and remember the joy it brought us and happiness it brought us. I want you to look at this and just want to hold it or play with it. I don't want you to look at it and say, Oh, I don't like that piece right there. I just want you to look at it and just remember some good times with this sweet little doll. Now depending on the look you're going for, you may be done in this phase. You may be happy with it, how it is. But in the next lesson, we'll cover one optional step if you want to do a little extra something to your painting. 10. Bonus Layer!: In this last step, you can add a final optional layer if you want. But seriously, if you're happy with your painting, just stop where you are and enjoy it. But if you want to be a little extra, here are a few ideas. You could add a layer of iridescent paint or glitter. You could go and spruce up the littlest pets background. You could put some little eye shadow sparkles on, something like that. You could do sections of your toy with some raised surfaces, with some puffy paint or something like that. You could use glow in the dark paint. Maybe if you had an 8-Ball, the little section that rises to the top, maybe you paint it so it glows in the dark. There are even options for things with a little sparkle. There are iridescent paints. You can even use nail polish if you want a glitter effect or just something really sparkly and magpie fun. If you had something like these water gun paintings, you might experiment with some different media like a glue gun. Maybe you take some drips of a glue gun, you might try it on a different surface first, but maybe you make it look like there's a few beads of water on the surface or beads of water around the actual water where it's painted. If you have an animal or a creature like this, one thing you might do, I keep my googly eyes in here. You might include a googly eye, let's put one on Snoopy's. Let's see what it looks like on Snoopy's little goggles. Oh, that's fun, isn't it? You could glue it on and then it could be movable. Those are some ideas of something you could do that just add a little extra fun to it. Once you get that on there, you are done. 11. Conclusion: Well, guys, you did it. That's all, folks. We are done. You have hopefully successfully completed painting a nostalgic toy from your childhood. I hope you like it, and I hope you're happy with the results. If you're comfortable sharing, please let me see your project. I'd love to hear any memories you have associated with your toy too. That's always really fun. Now remember, this is a great project to do with multi-generations. If you have grandparents, grandkids, just multi-generations of friends or family. This is a really fun and interesting project to do with many different generations of people in your life. It's really interesting and tells you a lot about a person to find out what their favorite toy was and what they liked about it. This gift adds really fun for baby showers in particular, or birthdays. I think that can be really fun. You might also consider making a gallery wall out of these. I think it would be incredibly fun to have an array of small and large toy paintings in one fun, colorful area. That might be something you want to do too. I've really enjoyed my time with you all and I hope you had fun too. Let's say bye, Teddy Bits. Bye.