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Black Cat Acrylic Painting Tutorial for Beginners

teacher avatar Amanda Rinaldi, Teaching you to Art with Confidence

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Welcome to the Class!

    • 2. Course List of Materials

    • 3. Step 1: Painting The Background Sky

    • 4. Step 2: Painting in the Moon

    • 5. Step 3: Adding the Night Stars

    • 6. Step 4: Painting the Black Cat

    • 7. Step 5: Painting the Cat Eye and Whiskers

    • 8. Step 6: Painting the Details

    • 9. Step 7: Optional Fur Alteration

    • 10. Concluding Thoughts

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About This Class

​The Black Cat Acrylic Painting Course is designed for beginner and novice artists with a desire to learn how to paint and gain more confidence in their work.

In the Black Cat Acrylic Painting course, you will learn how to get started with composing and painting an entire Halloween-inspired theme, featuring a full moon and black cat wearing a witch hat.

By following along with what you learn you will complete a painting at the end of the course that you will be proud to hang on the wall or give as a gift.

The Acrylic Painting course is designed for beginners who have never picked up a brush before, through to intermediate level artists who are looking to try their hand in painting an entire scene with acrylics, and learn crucial mixing, composition, and brush techniques along the way.

The course covers some of the key things you need to know about painting with Acrylic paint including:

  • How to Properly Load and Mix Colors

  • How to create beautiful blended backgrounds

  • How to Compose your Drawing

  • How to Look at Your Image with an Artist's eye

  • How to Properly Handle Brushes

  • Proper Brush Application Techniques

  • The basic equipment to use for acrylic painting

This course also includes the following downloadable resources:

  • The Cat Traceable to better fast-track your success

  • High Resolution Photo of the completed Witch Painting

  • Helpful Bonus videos to better hone your painting skills

By the time you have completed this Black Cat Acrylic Painting course you will have developed the skills and knowledge to continue on in your learning of how to paint and absolutely fall in love with the process.

Join us today for the Black Cat Acrylic Painting course and let's have some fun doing your first (or bajillionth) Halloween painting today!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners who have never painted or drawn before

  • Intermediate level painters who want to learn other styles of painting

  • Artists interested in expanding their art skills and trying a whole new style of art

Be sure to try my other acrylic classes

The Magic of Acrylics: Acrylic Painting Basics for Beginners

Watercolor Effects using Acrylic Paint

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Amanda Rinaldi

Teaching you to Art with Confidence


Hi, I'm the Buzzed Artist, but you can call me Amanda!

I am a self-taught pencil and acrylic artist, dedicated to teaching people to art with confidence for over 3 years on my Youtube channel and blog, The Buzzed 

On those platforms, I do step-by-step art tutorials, courses, crazy, zany painting and drawing challenges to CHALLENGE YOU to let go of your creative anxieties and just make art!

 Painting, drawing, and creating art was always a beautiful escape for me. It was my place to just be without fear of judgement or the need to always be perfect.

Firstly, I believe in providing you fun, practical, and educational art content aimed at helping you flex your creative muscle while loving yourself in the pro... See full profile

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1. Welcome to the Class!: Are you ready for a spectacular painting adventure with acute black cat, came ready to make your own little kitty cat in a starry night scene in this Halloween black cat painting class. Hey there, my name is Amanda from the buzzed and I am a self-taught acrylic artists ready to show you the colorful fun world of acrylic painting that will fill you with that delicious creative artists confidence that you deserve. Welcome to the black cat painting class if you absolutely love Halloween, starry night skies, and adorable Black Cats. This is the painting class for you. This class will show you my entire step-by-step process of creating an iconic Starry Night beset with a moon and a cute black cat wearing a witch's hat, looking mysteriously out into the night. In this class, you'll learn how to choose colors and expertly mix those colors to get the right shape for your painting. How to create a starry night sky with a spooky glowing moon. How to paint a cute cat wearing a witch's hat and add texture to his black fur. And how to develop your own unique art style all while using acrylic paint. And this class is for beginners who love acrylic painting, black cats hollow mean or all of that. And want to try their hand at it too. Or really anyone who wants to learn to create stunning acrylic painting masterpieces, even if they've never touched a brush before or have no idea what to actually paint. Each lesson within this class, we'll go through all the specific techniques that I use in the process of making this, which cat seen by the end of this class, you'll have the know-how and most importantly, the confidence to create gorgeously crazy cool paintings that allele you feeling proud and an odd your new found skills. So head on over to the next video and I'll see you there. 2. Course List of Materials: so to start off, you can either go ahead and use a canvas like an 11 by 14. Or you can go ahead and also use an acrylic pad like I have here from our Tessa. Thes pads are awesome because it seemed a lot of space for your paintings. You can do a lot of them and store them very, very easily. And I'm a big fan. And now we're gonna go ahead and take this down. Gonna have this in the portrait position meeting. It's not gonna be sideways like this is what you're gonna be up and down. Kind of like this. All right, canvas secured down. Now, a big thing when it comes to your painting is your palate choice. And I just wanted to go over some of the different options that you have for your palate. If you don't know what a palette is, it's basically just a holding spot for your paints so that when you're mixing with your acrylics, it can hold all that together. So you want to make sure when you pick a palette that it can be durable and that it could withstand the friction of using your brush when you're mixing your colors. But not only that, you want to make sure that your palate does not absorb the paint. You want to make sure your powers made with some sort of material, like glass, plastic or a sort of compound that will ensure the paint will not absorbed right through. And here, just a few examples that I've that I actually have a pallets. One is an actual plastic pallet. You could find this basically at any hobby store, but these have. This is all made out of plastic, and you condemn directly. Place a paint right on here really great for mixing. I will not absorb your paint. However, The surface is a little bit on the smaller side, so you don't care about that. That's that's a whole good. You can also use a glass palette. So this is a pal that I actually made myself very easy, actually, but basically it's got a glass surface so that you can properly mix your pains that can withstand the friction of your brush, and paint will not absorb through. You can also use tracing paper, or you can even go a step further and do aluminum foil plastic wrap, even place right on top of your plastic pellet. Or what? One of my favorites that I like to use his palate paper. This palette paper is made with smooth poly coated surface, so whatever you put on top of this will not absorb through. And it's got a huge surface area for mixing, which is why I usually go with this and it's disposable, so you can just rip it out, tear it up, throw it out, and that's pretty much all you have to do with this palette. And if you want to go even more simple, you can always use a Styrofoam plate or even a plate that you have in your house. My one recommendation. If you have to choose a pallet, try not to use paper plates. Paper plates will tend to disintegrate with the use of paint pigments, and it will warp, and you won't be able to use it for very long. So if you're trying to be a little more serious about your acrylic painting, you may want to stick away from the paper plates and maybe explore one of these options here. So for this course, I'm actually going to go ahead and to use palette paper. So I just gave you a little bit more insight into what palette options are available to you and for the colors were going to be using. I have a mid yellow ultra marine blue, a rose red. This basically is a red that has more of a tendency towards the violet color. So if you're looking at your rents, maybe go for a red that has a bit more of a violet bias. But if you only have just plain regular red, that's also fine, too, because you can always add a little blue to it later on. Mars Black and some basic titanium white. Pretty simple. Pretty easy. You just gonna be using these five basic colors and then we got our brushes. We're going to be using a 3/4 inch flat wash brush in number 10 shader brush, a number 10 filbert brush and a detail brush. This one here is a 2/0, but you can also use a zero detail round brush as well and need a jug of water, a swell as a towel to clean up all of your messes because you're gonna need it and a list of all the supplies that we actually use in this course you could find in the lesson notes below. So be sure to check that out. Now we're ready to paint. Let's do it. 3. Step 1: Painting The Background Sky : Okay, So, first and foremost, we're going to start off by doing the background of our painting. That's always the nice go to. Whenever you're starting a painting to the background first, it's much easier in the long run to get all the colors down and then add your details in later. Okay, so we're going to take our 3/4 inch flat, watch Flashman diffidence of water, get a nicer lubricated, then when a pat it dry on my towel. All right, so here's kind of what I'm thinking. We want to be a big ass moon right over here, right? So what I'm thinking is I'm thinking like a nice, like violet blue sky would be really neat, so let's go ahead and try that. All right? So I'm gonna dip into my red, my violent red here, and then I'm just going Teoh, go to the side of the painting here and put on that color now something I always say to everybody That's starting when, especially when it comes to painting, you do not want a glob. So much paint on your brush like this is actually a little to lobby for me, So I just end up wiping the excess off just a little bit, and then I go ahead and apply. Okay, that's a very common mistake. A lot of beginner artists do is that they just have a sentence. You don't want a glob a ton of paint on their brush, and then, you know, just put it right on the canvas. And then the complaint is Oh, my gosh, my colors. They're not coming out the way the way yours is, Amanda. Well, that's because, um, you kind of went a little overboard with how much paint you loaded underbrush. So that's that's a big, big lesson. I want you to take away from this today. If anything is that you do not want to glove a lot of paint on your brush because I just asked. You're just asking for trouble, really? And you all don't want to get any trouble right now. It's just the background. We'll get into trouble later when we put in our little kid A. So I'm just blabbing it on just like so. And, um, I want to not cover the entire circle here. I just want to get the corners first because I run I want to make sure I get a good, nice good coverage. At least cool. *** I'm pretty happy with this, actually. And what I'm gonna do next is we're going to go and work with the ultra Marine blue and add that in a swell, so I don't even have to get my brush rents. Really? Because it's all gonna get mixed anyways. But I'm gonna know, take a little bit. I took a little bit of blow like I didn't take. Honestly, I really didn't take that much blue. And I'm just going to start putting this over the violet red that we just previously a place before. Now, again, I do not want globs of paint on my brush when I'm doing this because I want to let the layers underneath kind of show a little bit. I don't want to glove a lot of pain, because when you go have a lot of paint, you might end up just covering everything that you've done underneath and, uh, no, no, you don't. We don't really want that right now. Right now, we just wanna have a little fun with doing, like, a very semi blood of your color. And of course, if you end up accidentally getting too much on your brush, I always add a little bit of water to your brush to thin out the paint. That is always a really good who left thumb here. Look at that color Right now I'm trying to maintain, almost like a circular brushstroke when I'm applying my paint just so I can get that really cool like turbulent looking sky. And it looks like it has movement to it, right? It looks like the sky. There's some sort of, like action, bewitching of the sky. Okay, that's that's kind of what I'm trying to go for here. I don't want it to be a standstill sky. I want there to be some sort of happy movement going on around here. Yeah, this is actually looking really, really awesome. Super cool. I'm a big fan. It actually almost reminds me of like a galaxy of galaxy sky. A little bit like it's got some vibe that more or less. And I'm kind of concentrating some of the blue at the corners here just to show, like, almost have been yet like it, uh, the colors will get darker and darker as it starts to fade out into the painting. That's at least like look, I'm going for. And then once, I kind of, like, added the colors I want I just got to go back in with the blue again and just add sporadic strokes of color and not putting that much pressure on my brush really to drag this paint out, But I kind of want to get that nice watch. Perfect. So I can just do that with this, Actually, pretty, pretty simple. This is really cool. I really like. And we like how the colors are coming out, guys in the tip of my brush to at this point just to get more of color variation and such. Okay, I'm pretty happy with that female, So I'm gonna rent my brush. I want to go back in now with one more street of color for the background, and that will pretty much be done, so I'm just gonna get my brush. Rinse now, go and grab some titanium white. No, but look right here, actually, and then I'm gonna grab some of that red. Okay? I'm gonna mix it up a little bit now, like I said before, if you have more of ah of, ah, red red like that doesn't have a tendency towards blues and always had a tiny bit of blue in your in your mix here just to give it that more of a lavender color. So I'm going to just get my brush loaded again. It's not glogg with paint. Remember this, then using the tip of my brush very lightly. I'm just going to follow the same kind of strokes as I have done previously from my background. But I'm kind of creating this emanation. I did this with the which painting just to help create this like really cool Awesome swirl effect. Again, it's just show because we have a moon here. We're gonna be painting, and very soon, and I want there to be this. I don't know, this kind of surreal like turbulent looking back. Well, sky. So what was using the tip? My brush for this and I'm using very light pressure. Honestly, I don't want toe load my brush too much with this stuff, because what a little can go a long way. You're gonna want too much. All right. I think that's good 4. Step 2: Painting in the Moon: Let's move on to our moon. Now the moon here it's gonna be more on the realistic looking side, a k like a real colors of the moon on a regular kind of day. So it's got that like gray white orb going on with it. So what we're gonna do first is we're going to just take some titanium white. I don't take a little bit of black a little bit like maybe that much of black you make a great color. Okay, maybe a little bit more blacks I want Great. Because, you know, as you can see, the moon does have some grays in it. So I think there will be a nice, nice touch. So we're gonna dio We're just going to paint a circle with this great color and basically, which is going to fill in whatever we have not painted yet. Now, of course, if you actually already have a paint that's like a gray color already like a Payne's gray, that's perfect. Don't even need to do this color mixing. Just use that tube because when it's already premixed, it just makes your life, like a whole lot easier. Instead of having to like, keep mixing over and over and over again. Okay, so there, you know, that's just something some advice for you to keep in mind if you have an extra. If you haven't actually accused of TV, actually have a tube of grey. Use it. Don't be afraid to use it. Okay? And of course I'm again. I'm just following that circular pattern, okay? Nothing. Nothing crazy. Nothing different, Really? Here to be seen. Okay, again. Just following a circular pattern. And if you're wondering, Amanda, can I go out into the previous, like color backgrounds and do this course you can Of course you can. And don't encourage it. You want this moon to be big, right? I want it. I want to give it that, like, big, larger than life kind of feel, just like, uh And of course, we're going to be adding in more details on the moon. Once we put in the gray, we just want to put in the great first so we can at least get like, a foreground color. And then we could go ahead and add an hour or highlights of the moon in a second. Right now it's gonna focus on making the moon nice, big and bright. It is a big just like that. And of course, you know I'm using. I use either the tip of my brush at times to go get the edges so they could be a little bit more crisp if I want. Or I could just use the broad side of my brush just to get more of, ah, universal stroke. That doesn't necessarily have to be, you know, all detail oriented. Now, I wouldn't worry too much about the bottom of the moon on Lee, because we're gonna be putting our kitty right around here somewhere. So he's gonna be covering quite a bit of the moon, so I wouldn't fret too much. You're freaking out like, Oh, my gosh. You know, ready to make this perfect on the edges? No, you don't need to. That kind of want to make the moon go higher up here, because why not? Okay, so that's looking pretty cool, actually, you know. Okay, so I'm gonna brush a quick rinse and what I'm gonna do next have an idea about doing something here. I'm gonna grab a lot of tissue paper. Kind of like that and I'm just going to kind of bunch it up like this, all right? And then we're gonna actually do the highlights of the moon. And I don't want it to look perfect. I kind of wanted to look like on a splotchy kind of, like a dozen the actual moon. So I want to go to the titanium white. I was gonna dab on some color. I don't want too much, but just enough to cover, But I'll be to splotchy. Then you're gonna go to the moon here, and I'm just gonna do a dab of effect. Shall I add some texture to the moon? Just make a show. You know, we're dealing with a very cool looking moon. Go by. Oh, yes, I'm a fan. Yeah. This this is really cool. And I'm kind of going in certain sections, you know, obviously does not highlights all over the moon that there's some in some areas. So So I just want toe added in certain spots. I don't cover the entire moon with white here, but just enough to kind of carry the point across. That's actually really freaking cool. I love it. I love it when my hair brained schemes work. Really love it, Love it. Love it. Oh, my gosh. It's actually looking really cool. You sounded like a witch right there. He Yeah. You know what? A little can go a long way. You don't really need to do a lot in go as crazy or a simple as you'd like. I recommend I have a reference picture of a moon that I'm looking at right now. Included in the video here. Just so you know, which one I'm kind of looking at. But honestly, if you're kind of stuck, you're not sure you know exactly how to do this part. Just grab go up a picture of the moon and use that as a reference that will really help you out in figuring out, Like, how? Where to put your your highlights for your mound. And you know that I'm glad. I'm kind of going back in some areas, adding more of the white too, so I can make sure the white pops a little bit more in that area. Yeah, but that looks really awesome. And you know what? You can always do this to with the gray again, Like, let's say you put a look too much white. And you just want to go back in with the gray. He can always just premix the Gregan. All right, Dip your your tissue into that and then just gonna go over the parts. Do you really want the greater come out just like that? How freaking cool is that, right? Of course you want to go too hard because your tissues might start disintegrating. But these are some ideas. People don't have to be confined to one door brush. You can kind of go all over the place with this. Okay? I'm actually pretty happy with this. 5. Step 3: Adding the Night Stars: I want to actually go ahead and add some stars here. Now we can do two things. One, we can actually grab a toothbrush and a spare toothbrush. Or you can just go ahead and use your 3/4 inch flat wash brush. So let me show you what this looks like with a 3/4 inch flat wash brush. But I do what we like, what I like to call splatter effect, where it's like the lazy man star making. Basically, you just fill your brush up with water. You want to get it nice and Mason Mason wet. Okay. And then you're gonna absolute white Mix it around. Getting next liquidy. The trick is you want this to be liquidy, okay? And then once you have that, you can just take your brush and then flick it so you just hold it back and then flick. And that helps to create this paint splatter effect. And you can do this in various different directions or would have you. So really, it's just a painted flick. You could do this multiple times. You can't take your time with this part, but I just want to get some paint flecks going on here Ad like that. Nice, cool, like, magical element of the night again. And honestly, the more paint and water you add onto your brush, the more the splatter effect happens just like that. Now, I'm just gonna go and use my brush, actually, because I find it, I find it a little easier. Dip it in water in a different light. Make sure there's no amount to do a little test run on the palate paper to get the big splatters out, okay? And then see how much more you get out of it. I just do like a very simple pushing back the bristles. And it creates this really magical looking nights guy. Very cool. I figured I'd do this first before we go ahead and add in our cat. Just so it's all kind of done and settled for us. Okay. And now, of course, we have a little bit on our moon, which is no big deal. It's going with your tissue and just wipe up all those excess stars they don't want on it. It is very easy to dio. It's just a blotting technique, and it's a very easy cleanup method which is awesome. That was really cool. Okay. All right. So I'm gonna leave for this part to drive a little bit. Then we're gonna go ahead and add in our cat. 6. Step 4: Painting the Black Cat: Okay, so now that our background is nice and dry, it's time to put a kid get So I actually made a traceable of the cat we're going to be using in this painting, and you can find this cat stencil in the video. Lesson notes. I have this on tracing paper, but you're gonna be doing this on printer paper, Most likely. So what I always end up recommending anybody to do is check out my transfer video on how it taken image and transferred onto another image or to another painting or canvas. So basically back, I just have it outlined in a charcoal pencil. And so what I do is you can do the same thing with your printer paper. You could just lay down the carbon side down on the canvas itself, and then you can kind of just figure out, OK, where do you want to place this? So I think I want to places like right around here somewhere. I can always kind of, uh, fill in the rest with a different color or with with more paint later on. But the placement is really what I'm after here. So I think I like I like the way that this is here. Yeah, I think that's something that's good. Like great. Like that. Okay, then we were gonna be adding in a tale much later, so I think this is perfect. So I'm gonna grab a pencil and that I was gonna go right over my lines. And I don't have to be too concerned about the precise is of my pencil on this side, because I already made it very precise with my carbon pencil on the other side of this paper and then on the ground reveal this is over. My favorite part. 2123 Oh, Dash. Really. I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to this kind of stuff. I love doing my transfers. They just look so freaking good. Okay, so now that we got that Dion, where we're gonna dio is start to add in the colors of our kitty. So we're gonna be I'm gonna switch over to my Filbert brush mind in my number 10 filbert brush. This brush is really good for doing those corners. That very nice soft edge Give us nice, smooth edges. So photographs of water. I'm gonna go ahead and grab some black acrylic paint. And remember, people do not glob the paint onto your brush. OK, I know I repeat myself when I say this, but you'd be surprised how many people have commented on my biggest like, Amanda. My paintings don't look like yours, you know, And they showed me pictures of it, and I'm like, Oh, I can see you glob your paint And that's why you're not getting my good blends. That's why you're getting, like, a lot of uncontrollable layers because you want to, like, give yourself nice, even layers whenever you're doing a painting, right? So you have to do that with thin layers of paint at a time. Don't just glove it over everything, because that just gives you less control over time. And ain't no one good alike having no control. So we'll do that. And this cat is a black cat and oh, my gosh, can't let me just say this. I am allergic to cats, so I can't really have them in our house. But oh, they're so they're so pretty. But especially black cats. I don't know why they just they just have this sort of, like, mysterious, majestic Look about them and they're so freaking cute. Just like a big set of eyes against, like, a whole lot of black for, you know, you just They have the biggest cubist eyes and they're so sweet. Actually, I've known I've actually met many a black cat, and they've always been so incredibly sweet, You know, they're just cool, cool animals, but too bad I'm allergic to them. I know people tell me like, Oh, why don't you just take Claritin? Look, let me let me be real with you here if I got to take drugs for the rest of my life just so I can, like, live with a creature, You know, I think that creature would have a better home somewhere else where the owner actually could enjoy their presence without need to take medication to enjoy it. You know what I'm saying? I know that's a little heartless, but you know, it is what it is and also more of a dog person than a cat person. But I've started to really come around with cats. I was actually cat sitting for a friend of mine for a month and yeah, then I had to take, like Claritin every single day and make sure I didn't forget otherwise. They go into, like, an ex association tack, but I had so much fun taking care of his kitty. And, uh, well, one thing I noticed about, like cats that are so different from dogs is the fact that lake you can forget about cats like you can forget. You even have a pet cat. You know what I mean? Like you can't really forget you have a dog. These dogs need so much attention and they need, you know, to be walked. And they need to be fed at certain times because they will eat themselves out of house and home. If you left Teoh, Um, and they just need to be played with you to pay attention to them or else, you know, they get bored and, you know, they get, they go up. You know, they have so much mischief, mischief that they end up doing, which I don't know. I always find that's funny, too. At the same time, it's like, kind of like me when I was a baby. I just like getting into mischief when I got bored Yeah, but yeah. So I, um, never really we never really worked cat household, but I'm coming around to them. I think they're kind of I think they're really cool. Think they're very, very interesting creatures, But yet my friends cat, he I There were times, like, three days where I was like, Oh, yeah, he's got a cat. You know, I would like change of litter box every day. And I would, um, you know, set aside food for it every day, but like that took what total of five minutes to dio and then you got the rest of the day and you're like, Oh, yeah, there's a cat here. Every once in a while we would see the cat and would come cuddle with us when we were in suspecting, which was really cool. It's like, Oh, you're giving us attention Final Eight. But I don't know, I just like I just like having an animal that's like happy to see me when it comes when I come to the door and want to hang out with me and not, like, hide all the time cause I don't know That's just me. I just Maybe I just need to feel needed. It just goes to show why I'm like such a dog person. But cats are cool, too. Okay, So I think I'm gonna switch over to my, uh, number 10 shader brush because I got some detail corners here, and I kind of just want toe. Make sure I maintain those nice, sharp edges. Right. So here was more like that. The rounded edges. This is more like the sharp edges. I just want to make sure I capture my Shater. So, yeah, that's my cat story. He was She was a really cool cat. She liked to bite me, though. That was the thing that my friend was telling me. It's like, you be careful. She, uh, she likes she likes to bite. She could be a little irritable, like, one minute she's happy once her belly rub and everything, and the next minute she's like attacking her hand, fighting the crap out of it. So, um, for me, I was like, you know, that kind of made me skeptical, skeptical about petty her because I was unsure whether she was in a good mood or bad mood or just wanted, you know, mess around with me or not. Okay. Basically, I've concluded that cats can be kind of like butt holes sometimes. Like shaking his par for the course, especially if you love cats. It's kind of like behavior you just deal with. It's like his life. This is It is what a cat is. Although I've met many a cap to, like mainly street cats like that or cats, I formally were on the street that, um, just have these super chill personalities and the act more like a dog than a cat in that. Like they like to cuddle. They like the play Fetch. Um, they I'm not. I'm typically I'm not as allergic to them as I am. Like a regular domestic house raised cat, Which is odd. I don't know if anybody knows why that is coming below. Let me know. Was wondered. Okay, back to the painting here for a second. So I am just fixing up the hat here. It's all gonna be in black, so this is kind of acting, like, sort like a silhouette. We will be adding a little bit of the cat for later on. But I just wanted Teoh. Add in, um, the tip of the hat, which kind of bends forward. I didn't include that in the template Onley because I'm not sure you know how big your your campus that you're using, but you can always wing it with the tip, but I'm just gonna use the edge tip of my shader brush. I'm just gonna make it kind of angle forward. Call it a day. It's like that. Beautiful, beautiful. I love it. Oh, my gosh, It's adorable. Love it. Okay? And you know, you can always go back in and fix up some of the edges of your cat here, especially if you want to make them nice and crisp even. No, I didn't do that. Just that of it. And let's go ahead and add in the tail of our cat. So the cocktail, um, we're just gonna take some black once more and we use my shader, and I'm gonna use the tip, start the bottom and we're just going Teoh, you were nice curved line like this. I'm just using a tipping. I'm turning the tip as they see fit. Okay, I kind of want to give it a curl. Now, mind you, there's not the actual tail itself is just one part of it is that we're gonna just follow suit on the other end, and then it just kind of thins out, is against to the edge with that. Then they go do strolin. And then, of course, the end of the tail. You want to give a little bit more volume? I'm just bit of more pain to nut. So you could make the tail as big or as skinny as you want, but I kind of like this is very simple. No, nothing. I think you're crazy. You can add as much of the extra, uh, I guess, thickness to the tail as much as you like. I think that's good. You don't care. Love it, Okay. 7. Step 5: Painting the Cat Eye and Whiskers: next, I'm gonna go in and we're going to add in a green color for her eyes. Her his. I'm just gonna assume that this is a girl cat. How about that? So what I'm gonna do first, I'm gonna grab my Filbert breath. Sure. You keep the double out of it to get all the paint out. Okay, so I got my filbert. We're gonna make the color green. So I was gonna grab some of that yellow finally were used, that yellow. Not only too much of it. To be honest with you, they're going to grab some of that blue. We're gonna make a green color. You don't need a lot of blue. But I would recommend using a lot of white a lot of yellow so you can get a good deal that green. And then we're gonna go in with some white just so we can really bring out that green a little bit more blue. So, basically, just keep mixing the colors together until you get, like, a nice green. That your liking, it's like that. Then I was gonna add a bit more white to really bring out that green. All right, then this is going to produce a lot of globs of paint on your brush. I'm just going Teoh white the excess off. All right, that's good. Then there's gonna go in in this part, and now I'm gonna go Just do a little bit with the, um, Filbert brush, and then I'm gonna go in with my detail brush and just do the corners of the I because, honestly, uh, doing Filbert and a big like a small corner is a little tough, but I just wanted to get some good color, um, application before we actually went in with the detail. And of course, I wouldn't worry too much if you're concerned that like Oh, no, I messed up or, you know, it does look as clean as I wanted to be. This is why you're doing with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is very good when it comes to layering and covering up previous layers, if you don't want them there. So, like, for example, this I could be a little bit more, um, like crisp? I guess so. Just with the black with a detail brush. I'm just going in and kind of cleaning up the edges. The eye area, okay, And then I'm also going to do the people. So Count Pete, the cat pupil. It's kind of like in the middle of the eye, and it's kind of tilted. Uh, it's not gonna go up and down. It's just gonna tilt little downwards like so. So a friend of has more of a girth at the top of that, That line like that, then it kind of skinnies out when it goes to the bottom of the I like that. Oh, so cute. I love it. So I'm just going to take my detail brush when it grabs a white this time. And then what we're going to do is we're gonna go ahead and add some of our whiskers that we missed. So I'm just going to start where we you can tell I had two of my lines for my traceable here. It's gonna follow that line to the muzzle of our can't. It's like so well, they're whisker just like so I'm gonna do another another couple whiskers. It is going to try to bury the lengths of whiskers too. And of course, if you're freaking out being like, Oh my gosh, it into whiskers. A leader, but a lot Worry. You can always paint a room with black later. That's the beauty of it all. Okay, that looks really cool. Now I'm making sure I don't have gloves. A paint again on my to my brush. And this just helps to make sure that, um, keep a very nice, thin, crisp looking line. So, as you can see, I kind of did a little bit of a mess up. So with the whiskers so I could always go back in with black. No big deal coming apart up. See, It's if it never happened. Insta whiskers. And then I can I'm thinking we'll be cool if I did like black against the moonlight because you can't really see the white. So we use my detail brush. Just continue those whiskers out. Just think so. There's a little missile artistic flair for you 8. Step 6: Painting the Details: Now we're gonna go back in with White with the detail brush, and we're just gonna add in some of the details, like in the for where, like our cat silhouette is and all that. So what we're going to do first is I just wanted to essentially, he, uh It was like the little corner of the cat, I it kind of comes in. It's a black, but because this is a black cut, we can highlight that with some white just doing a little like a little triangle. Kind of just had a very, very light touches of white to the inside of the eye. I was gonna add a line for the nose. What? Land foot. By here, I'm gonna do very light strokes. Very, very light. Like I barely touching my canvas to indicate, like the top row of Kitty. It's like that. That part here knows of the bridge. Then we're going to go over to the shoulder area of her cat, and I'm very, very lightly was creating, like about one. You will see this from the template so you can follow along with that too. It's just kind of like a line going down this way just to indicate that there is, like, a separation of his for some over here till too much, though. Okay. And then, of course, I'm just thinking about the moonlight against his for and a lot of his back here is gonna gonna have some reflections of the moonlight, even though he's all black. Um, black cats tend to be like a lot shiny or to have noticed because of the reflections that they're admitting. So this kind of give them a delusional, that shiny coach and some of that as well. You can kind of go ahead. And where do you see wherever you want to put a cap for? For indications you could go ahead and do that. - And I also want to do reflection point on the hat itself. Just a show. There is a degree of separation between his head and her head and Haft itself. So I'm doing one of thea about the brand. It's also gonna be one is showing the overall shape of the hat itself. Do one the tail as well. Little ones, very little. It's a kind of way that it was something about where the moon is hitting the tail. So it's gonna be primarily here on the tail and primarily on this side of the tail. It comes down and it gradually just becomes more and more. And then, of course, we're gonna put the kind of, like a reflection, shadow or reflection highlight on the eyes itself. Now there's gonna put one right here on our catch to just to show that there is, um, Zahra reflection happening here. And of course, I'm gonna go fix this part of the nose, okay? This part's experimentation time. So don't be too afraid to just try something. It doesn't quite work out. Euronews paint on top of it. Just like this, See, is if it never happened. See? No, she's got her cute little nose again. See? Pretty simple. And then you could do the same thing with, uh, differ. That's on the bottom. Here you can bring up some of the white, so it's not as strong, and this actually kind of creates this link. Gray looking for which is a bit more true to what our cat here would have courses is just like a naps. This is just like a painting that were just playing around with. So we're not too concerned about making this super realistic honestly. - And of course, I'm just blaring the count here, probably angling downwards. That's usually how I think the cat here, at least here is going to act and something that I'm also doing as well. I'm taking my shader brush. I have a little bit of black to it, just a little so that I can go over it again over the white. And this is just to help create like, uh, you can still see the white underneath. But it's not as like Crazy White. So then that way it's a It looks a bit in a little less harsh and contrast e e think like that a lot better. It's, um, added little stars here in there. So if you wanted to dio when Alec a little star just to add some mystique and magic to this already lovely painting, you can go ahead and do so. I'm just doing like the regular. No, you got a straight line. We have been down cross. How church just like that? Well, come magical. That looks people. I want it in two different sizes. What have you 9. Step 7: Optional Fur Alteration: now, like I had some second thoughts about how the for was done here. So I just repainted this black again. And I think I'm just gonna go ahead and do a straight line, make a nice and simple just to show the contour of Market day. Of course, this is optional. You don't have to do this. I just figured I'm think I might like this a little better. Then say the other method I was doing travel follow the little hunch that he has got repaint. That part over the meeting is all about experimentation just like that. Cool. Maybe I'll just do one more over here is well, just a little one. Just a show. Where is justice and stuff? Yeah, I guess that's that's as good as I want it. That's just as good as I wanted to be. Least we not always seeing them smiling all the time. More pensive in this serious 10. Concluding Thoughts: and congratulations on making your very own Halloween cat painting. I hope you enjoy this course now. Your art journey does not stop here. I always encourage you to keep on practicing with your paintings. If your first painting didn't come out quite the way you liked it, do it again. Painting is all about practice and getting the hang of your paint and how it feels in your hand. It's all about self discovery. And this is what this course and I hope all future courses that you do with me will teach you. So I hope you enjoy this course. And if you can please leave me a review so that I can further improve this course and all future courses for my students. All right, take care. And I hope you have a great day.