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Learn Acrylic Seascape Painting with Marouane Bembli

teacher avatar Marouane Bembli, Design Professional & Online Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Lesson 1 - The Foundation Layer

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Create Sense of Depth with Dark Brush

    • 4. Lesson 3 - Knife Techniques to Create Cool Wave Effects

    • 5. Lesson 4 - Contrast is KING - White Highlights with Knife

    • 6. Lesson 5 - Final Touches and Close Up

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About This Class


In this class, we are going to paint a seascape using basic brushes and knives to create with long sweeping blue waves.

You will learn:

  • What (basic) tools you need
  • How to add a solid foundation layer
  • The important role of adding contrast
  • Painting with knives - create cool wave effects with one stroke
  • Highlighting using 100% white paint
  • ...and so much more!

I hope you join my in this class, we need more paintings in this world :)

Thank you for your interest in my class, see you inside!



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Marouane Bembli

Design Professional & Online Teacher


Marouane is an industrial designer and online teacher from Stockholm, Sweden currently living in the sunshine state of Florida. He has a great passion for design and especially the art of design sketching. 

You could say he's a wannabe surfer and backpacker (34 countries and counting) who can't help but sketch whenever he picks up a pen. He's worked as an industrial designer, concept artist, illustrator and online teacher for over 10 years which sometimes makes him feel pretty old.

He has a master degree in automotive design and a bachelors degree in industrial design.

Some of his designs have been featured online and in numerous magazines such as Auto Motor & Sport, Auto Express, Car Magazine, Top Speed and Car Scoop.

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1. Welcome!: for this class, we're gonna focus on Seascapes. That's something I really enjoy. It gets cool waves and blue shades in the painting, and we're gonna use a broad brush to start out. And then we're gonna jump into using knives, different sizes to create nice shades off the waves and some structure to our painting. Hey, everybody. And a big welcome to this class where we're gonna talk about painting with acrylic paint, using pretty basic tools. And in this first video, I just want quickly talk about the basic tools that we're gonna be using in this class. So first of all, we're gonna have a canvas. And this is just a regular campus that is used for acrylic or oil paint. So make sure you get their white when you're buying the camera campus because there are different kinds of them. And you have that wants for watercolor, which has a slicker surface to them. Which means that the pain isn't going to stick as well to make sure you get the white one, and we also need something to mix or colors on. So I used to have paper plates where I mix my colors own But the problem with that is dinner look so cool. We were taking photos and videos of myself. Painting was holding a paper plate. So I got this professional thing right here. Looks a lot cooler, and it works great because it's a large area to cover his own for the brand. It doesn't really matter what brand you're using as long as they blend well together and most of them do. So it doesn't really no matter what it says on this side off the tubes. Last but not least, you need your cup of coffee because everybody knows how important this is to the creative process from Get this and now let's get into painting. 2. Lesson 1 - The Foundation Layer: All right. So the first thing that we want to do is, as I said in the first video, is I'm gonna use a broad brush like this, and I'm gonna use a few colors, is gonna be a below a blue green, darker, toned down fail this whole thing up, and we're gonna create some cool landscape scenes with that. Hopefully. So let's start by mixing in some colors. Here have this, which is called Brilliant Blue. So that seems like it might be a good fit for this. So what I'm doing is just adding some a few dots of these colors, and this seems to be almost empty. So I need to buy more of these. Obviously, you might think, Why am I using a dirty, um, collect here? Well, to me, it doesn't really matter too much since the background of this, uh, the background of this or this color that's already here. This green blue one is kind of similar to the woman that we're gonna paint now. So even though it happens might mix into the to the, uh, to the new colors that I'm using here. You might actually give me some cool effect that I didn't even think of. That's the beauty off painting, because you don't always know one will come out of out off your you're painting. And that's what I love about about doing this is to just, uh, pretty much surprised myself when I start anything. So I'm just gonna go over this really rough now and feel his campus up with this brush. I'm not worrying too much about the the different shades that are talking out here. So even though it might be a bit darker in the top, or it might be, you know, brighter at the bottom or something with that that doesn't really bother me at this point. All I'm trying to do here is to just fill up the campus. And of course, you always want to start with with an idea in your head, kind out what where you want the painting to go. And I already have that idea in my hands. I want this to be as as similar to these in the backgrounds. I just love to paint the ocean things and things related to the oceans, like waves and and cool stuff like that. So that's what I'm gonna try and do here, and that obviously means has a lot of blue in it. I just had a bit more. You have to open these up every single time. Mix these up. Might want to have some purple in here. Not sure. I think there's gonna be a different kind of blue. Yeah, I see that really cool. Really called different shades. You get painting like this, I kind of want to have a bit darker than this. We're gonna add more darkness to the same thing. There we go. It was a mix it in here. I guess everybody has their own style of painting. There is not one style of this, uh, is correct. I think that's one of the one of the cool things with painting to win or in general, you don't you can't tell. You can't say that something is wrong and something is right because it's up to the the artist Teoh to decide whatever they want to do is going to be their style. And it's, I don't know. It's very relaxing to paint like this. Sometimes I just end up. I think if I'm working on a painting and that I look at the, uh the clock. When I'm starving, it ends up being midnight or, you know, way later than I thought it was going to be because I was totally lost in the painting and it didn't We time basically stand still. Sometimes where you when you're really into this, the important thing here is to feel a bit canvas. That's what the reason for that is, when you have a completely white campus, it kind it might be intimidating sometimes, and you don't really know where to start. That's why I wanna I wanna break that by just filling everything up and just, uh, just had something to work. I think it needs more color here. So the idea that I have with this painting is we have the obviously the sky here. Then we have the ocean here that what you want to try and add some ships in the horizon line here and maybe fade out the horizon line? See? See how that is going to look? I think it's gonna look really cool if we get it right. Adds a more dork came to this and also this one brighter. Once you can see the color that I'm mixing right now. I think I'm gonna have some purple in there just to see what happens. Because you never know. It might be some really cool effect that you didn't even think of. So I'm gonna have some purple right there. And I think that that's one of one of the I mean things to think about as well as to to just experiment a lot with different pains, Uh, and just see what comes out not take it too seriously because painting is one of those things that's that it's not serious at all. You should just came to have a lot of fun and not try to make everything perfect. I think that's one of the main reasons why I love painting so much. So as you can see, you want to add some some different tones to this bottom. Here is the bottom part of this because it is the ocean of the ocean has a 1,000,000 shades of blue. He also has a lot of waves, so those 1,000,000 shades of blue are going to be visible depending on where on the wave it is. If that makes sense, where where on the wave, the light is hitting us a one. Fill in the white parts of the horizon as well. To have it kind of blend in with the with the sky. Let's see what this will do. This is gonna be interesting. Okay, Short. Why not? We can use that. Let's go back to the darker part. Handsome, darker areas in here. See that? Just experiment with your strokes and see what comes out. And if you like it or not, if you don't like it, the beauty is you can always come back and paint over it with a different color or something. So you're not stuck to the straw. She already did. You could always change them as you go. If you want to do that, if we have a bit more dark blue, a bit more, that's kind of purple. I think it will work. All right, so there we have the first layer that we just created. So we wanted to freely in the campus. So we have something to work with, and that's exactly what we did right here. So if you're following along in this class, that's the first step that you want to do. And from here we can start to think about the composition and what kind off, what elements we want to put in here. And I think coming he him or dark blue. I hope I have another to be here because otherwise I'm kind of in a bad situation because I really want to use that more. Let's see what this is. It's not as dark as I wanted to be. My even add some black in here further down the line. But what we want now is to jump into using the nights that I was showing you earlier to add some short burn waves and compress to this painting. So that's what we're gonna do in the next video. 3. Lesson 2 - Create Sense of Depth with Dark Brush: eso. Thankfully, I found a bit more off this really dark blue. So what I'm gonna do, I want to have it kind of like a silhouette around this. I wanna have the focus being in this corner here. So I want this part of the painting to be just a bit darker than everything. All the elements that are going to be here. So that's where I'm gonna add some some darker waves or strong's over here. We can even mix it in with some lighter shade if you want to do that and sometimes you have to stay. But step, take a step back and look at what you're doing. So you have an idea where to go next. But what I'm thinking about now is just the the main idea that I have in my hand and how I want to be visual. How want how I want to put that down on the canvas? And that, I think, is something that is, uh, that's totally unique for everybody. Teoh figure out what it is they want to do, and so there's not. There's no one one answer that fits all when it comes to painting. So I would just what has experiment with all of this and see what comes out 4. Lesson 3 - Knife Techniques to Create Cool Wave Effects: So now I'm gonna go in and start using this knife here. So what I'm doing here, we can show you exactly what I want to do. So I'm gonna add this lighter shade of blue right next to the dark one, and then I'm just gonna slide the knife like that and just squeezed them both down. So I'm squeezing the paint of both of those areas down. So I have this on my knife knife. Now, from here, we can start to see what what we having how it looks. Basically, when we slide this over the canvas, one mean thing that you want to keep in mind here is you always want to have a sense of where the light sources and where the weather direction off the light is coming from. Look, that one. That's pretty cool, random and cool. That's what I like. And just think about how waves behave and what they look like. Um, and try to just visualize that by using knives. I think knives are very, very useful for this specific purpose to do to create waves like this because you have you have better control over the lines and also The further down the waves, the bigger they're going to be on. The reason for that is the further up the waves are that means that the further away from me they are. So I want to keep these waves that are closest to the camera or closest to our viewpoint. They're going to be larger and yeah, more basically longer than the ones that are back here. So I'm gonna use a smaller lives to create the ways over here in the next video. 5. Lesson 4 - Contrast is KING - White Highlights with Knife: All right. So what I want to do now is before we start to go into the details of the waves, I want to add some more some darker areas to the horizon line and kind of defined the horizon a bit more than what it is right now. And I'm doing that by adding some darker shade of blue again. Sometimes when I put it stroke, and I think I look back at and it looks like I screwed everything up, but that's kind of the fun part about this, too, is that you never know what is going to look like. And thing is, you can always go back and fix it. So right now I think it made I made that port right here. I made that a bit too dark. Or too, Uh, it just doesn't look good. So I'm gonna try and fix it. So what I do, I'm mixing some lighter shades here. As you can see, if you look something like this and go over it once again, I think we're ready for the of a smaller the smaller knifes. So I'm gonna go ahead and use not that small. Maybe use this one. This is a bit smaller than the 1st 1 that we used. And, uh, I want the I want to have a darker shade right here. I don't know if we're gonna use a brush for that. Maybe to just create, uh, Christie darker shade over the horizon. Let's see, because when you think of it the horizon sometimes, especially when you're out at sea it blends in with the way So you don't really have a strong you don't really have a strong defining a lying where the horizon ends And where the where the, uh, sky begins. Just like he says in what's What's the movie for his gum. One of the best movies of all time, by the way. So I kind of want to have a smooth transition from from the water to the to the sky This again is all about experimenting and seeing what you're like. You don't You don't like someone. Let's see what this will do. All right. I think I'm done with the with the brush for now, So I'm gonna go back to using using, uh, the larger knife again and actually going to put some black in there so I'm and injustice bit a touch of black mixing that with some blue. So it looks like that. And I want to see what I can do with this. What's adds amore like blue. I'm just going crazy with colors. I honestly, sometimes I don't know what I'm doing. I'm just mixing a bunch of colors like this. Um, just to see what comes out. I don't think I think there's gonna look a bit 2 30 Too dirty. Just a touch of blue. All right, let's see how this is gonna turn out. The thing is, when you mix blue or black, uh, it doesn't really make the color darker. It just makes it look dirty. I'm gonna go crazy with this anyway, because that's the whole point off pain. As long as it's a shade of blue. I am okay with it. So that's what I'm trying to get back to here because it looks Teoh kind of to gray for my case right now. So I want to get back to trying to make a look more blue. Looks all right. I do want to and some lighter tones in there. You see, we're starting to get a lot of different shades of blues here, and that's exactly why what we wanted when we started we weren't trying mixes many blues as possible and thinking about where the light is coming from. So we have the the, uh the lights were being consistent and in thinking about where the life parts of the ways we're going to happen. And so one, one good way to extreme with this experiment with this as well, is to try to Teoh just the pressure off your knife. The harder you press, pretty much the the figure you're gonna spread the pain and the more you're gonna see the paint that's underneath underneath it, you can. I don't want to overdo this too much either. So you want to stop when you feel like you have accomplished what it is you want to visualize, and I think I'm getting getting there slowly here. We want to create some ocean scene, and that's kind of what we did. I will add some white highlights right there, and for that, I'm using my 100% white color, and I'm gonna mix that with the light blue, and then we g o and it looks like that. Then I'm just gonna smear these two together and and some highlights. So I'm moving. I'm always moving the knife horizontally here, and that's because that's the motion off. The waves are horizontal. They're not gonna go straight towards you or something like that. Since we're looking at it from this perspective, I'm gonna make a close up off these ways when I'm done with them so you can see what they look like from, uh, yeah, closer up. Basically, you give you an idea off. What it is I'm trying to visualize with these. Nice. I think I'm gonna move into using the smaller one right now, and I'm using this one. So the very small one steal some pain from this big your knife. You do what? I keep some of these dark spots in here, even though this is the area that I wanted to be light the lighter area because the darkness is gonna add these dark spots right here. They're gonna have some some interesting the conquest to your paintings. And I think Contreras is one of those things that really makes a painting look stand out from and give it. Depth. Basically. You wanna keep that in mind To keep the darker areas as well. I'm just adding white lines. Every, um, just randomly to give the waves. The top of the waves usually have a phone on the right. So you wanna I kind of show that in one way or another. And the easiest way to do that is just make a a white line that goes on top of the way. This kind of make it looks like this is shallow water over here, and it's getting deeper and deeper because it's getting darker and darker over here, since it's kind of a cool, cool thing. So I think I'm gonna call this done and in this class right here, since this is a beginner painting class for acrylic paint, So what we did here, we simply used to tools to kind of brush this if you want to call it that. So we used the knives but was sorted out by using a big brush to cover the canvas, right? Right with blue with a shame that we want have is a 1,000,000 shade in this painting. And from there we basically just started to use the knife to create the waves. The further down we dio that closer the waves are going to be. Which means that they larger the waste of the larger the knife we need to use. And the further are we going me more details here with us with a smaller knife. So that's about eight guys. I hope you enjoy this short class. And if you did, please don't forget to leave a short review. One or two sentences. That would mean a lot to me. And also I look forward to seeing your painting thing uploaded in the Projects folder. My name is tomorrow in Beverly and I will see you next time. Take it easy. 6. Lesson 5 - Final Touches and Close Up: