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Paint A Pop Art Style Kitten with Acrylic Paints

teacher avatar Lia Morrison, Art Instructor + Digital Artist

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Art Materials

    • 3. Outline & Background

    • 4. Adding Blue

    • 5. Adding Orange

    • 6. Adding Blue & White

    • 7. Adding Contrast & Shading

    • 8. Adding the Final Details

    • 9. Thank you and Class Project

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About This Class


In this SkillShare class, you’ll learn how to create an easy to follow "Pop Art Style Kitten" on canvas while using acrylic paints. I’ll show you the basics of blending colors in order to create a close-up face of a colorful feline. You will be able to create other animals once you learn the technique of applying a mix of bold colors throughout our painting.

This class is great for beginners, as well as seasoned artists who are looking to create a bold & colorful kitten or any type of furry animal with a bit of psychedelic approach into your artwork. 

Material Needed for this class:

*Stretched Canvas: Preferably between 11x14 to 16x20 inches in size. You can also use wood or watercolor / mixed-media paper.

*Synthetic Paint Brushes: 1) Large flat brush around 1" bristle 2) Middle size flat brush 3) Small pointy brush.

*Acrylic Paint Colors: Black, White & the Primary Colors (Blue, Red, Yellow) Primary colors can be mixed into secondary or any color.

*Paint Color Shortcuts (Optional): Phthalo Blue, Chrome Yellow, Chrome Orange, Black, and White.

*A Cup of Water

*Paint Palettes / Paper Plates

*Paper Towels or Napkins

*Extras (optional): Apron, Table Cover, Easel, Black Sharpie, Portable Fan or Hair Dryer

You can find more of my other paintings and/or if you're interested in purchasing pre-packed art supply kits, you can find them on my website

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Lia Morrison

Art Instructor + Digital Artist


Hello! I’m Lia Morrison. I’m an Art Instructor and owner of a mobile “Paint & Sip” Service company based in Los Angeles, CA called Paint Me A Party. I perform both private in-person & virtual Livestream classes. My students find my classes fun, informative, and therapeutic all at the same time. I’m so happy that I can now bring the same value to my Skillshare students. 

I also love creating art digitally. I have a degree in Computer Graphics and Multi-Media. My favorite digital painting and drawing programs to work with are: Adobe Illustrator, Fresco, and Procreate.

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1. Introduction: Hi, my name is Leah Morrison and I love spreading fund in happiness through art. And in this class, we will be painting a pop art style kitten using acrylic paint as our medium. Other than being a stay at home mom, I'm an art instructor for both in-person and livestream paint party classes. I own a mobile painting party entertainment service called me a party, based in Los Angeles, California. For those who are not familiar with painting parties or paint and sip parties. It is a combination of an art class and a gathering of a group of partying people who are instructed to paint seem image while they drink, snack, and socialize with each other. I will show you the step-by-step process on how we can create this beautiful painting from beginning to them. No prior experience necessary. This class is great for beginners as well as seasoned artist who would like to brush up on their painting skills. In the next video, we will cover the basic structure of Arkin and use a certain style of strokes to achieve that pop art or psychedelic look. We will go over blending colors and adding details to get our little kitten, those gleaming eyes. At the end of this class, you'll be amazed on how well you can paint with basic student grade art materials for your class project. I'd love for you to follow along just like how we would do it live streaming or in person. Please remember to press pause when you need to catch up, because that is something we can't do during live streaming. So let's go ahead and grab some wine, cheese crackers and get this painting party started. 2. Art Materials: The art supplies in this video are mainly student grade materials. You can find the list of these materials in the project and Resources tab. We will need an easel. It's nice to have an easel to make it easier and comfortable to paint. But it is optional. If you don't have an easel, you can prop your canvas onto anything to get that 45 or 65 degree angle. Or you can just lay your canvas flat on the table stretched canvas. The size I'm using is a 12 by 16 inches. You can use anything around that size. You can also use watercolor paper or what, synthetic paint brushes. We will need a large flat brush around one inch bristle in size, a middle-size flat brush, a small pointy brush for details. We will only need these three brushes for this painting. I will often refer to these brushes as big brush, middle brush, and small brush. While instruction is also good habit to have your paint precious in your pink up, not in use, so that it's easier to clean when switching to a different color. A student grade acrylic paints black, white, and the primary colors, yellow, red, blue. Primarily colors can be mixed into secondary or any color, a cup of water, a paint palette. You can get a fancy one, but a couple of paper plates will do for easy clean that we will need paper towels or napkins. Apron. This is optional. You can purchase any of these art supplies online or at the nearest art supply store near you? Many of my paint and virtual class students prefer everything ready for them. So I started putting various painting gets on my website for convenience. If interested, you can go to my website to check them out. For now we only ship in the United States. My website can be located in the project and Resources tab. 3. Outline & Background: For this particular painting, we will only need these three different sizes of brushes. We will start with the big brush to create the basic shape of that space. Let's go ahead and use our big brush and yellow paint. A big circle right in the middle of our canvas and fill it in with the yellow. Then create slightly curved triangle shapes for his ears and fill those in with yellow as well. Then his chest. The yellow will serve as the first layer of our painting. Remember to pause the video anytime you need to catch up with the same brush, the big brush. Let's run set by dabbing and swirling the bristles to the bottom of your pink cup. This will loosen up and clean off the previous paint color. When done, scrape your brush onto a paper towel or napkin to ensure it's clean. You may have to repeat and scrape your brush onto your paper napkin a few times until your brush is totally clean. This will also prevent any dripping on your canvas. And next we will take our big brush and blue paint. I'm using blue as the background. It could be any dark color, really as long as it's opposite of yellow, so that our kitten space pops out brightly. We want to make long dash strokes pointing in and out of our kitchen space. We are going for a psychedelic illusions similar to many of them goes artwork. So filling up our canvas with short and long strokes in the similar direction is the key to making this painting very interesting. Adding a second color to our background would give a bit of a texture. You don't have to rinse your brush because we are mixing the next paint color with blue anyway. But the same stroking technique, I'm choosing orange. If you have orange paint, great. If not, you can always mix yellow and red to make orange. We only want a little bit of it though. Let's remember to fill in any blank or whitespaces to complete filling out the background. Towards the edges of the canvas. Add more blue overlapping some of the orange strokes to blend evenly. Don't worry too much about the whitespace is closest to the kittens face. We will fill those in later with lighter colors to give him space more fluff. In the next video, we will create a blueprint and measure the eyes. In the meantime, put your big brush back in your pain cup because it's time to switch to a different size brush. 4. Adding Blue: Go ahead and set your big brush aside. Leave it in your paint cup so it doesn't dry up with your paint. Switch to your small brush. Be shirt to damp it on your paper napkin so that it doesn't drip on your canvas. We will outline his eyes with blue paint. But first, let's calculate where we will place his eyes. If your canvas is somewhat similar to my canvas size of 16 by 12 inches, you can use your three fingers as a measurement tool, or you can use anything that's about 2.5 inches in width. Pleased her fingers slightly above the middle of our kittens circle face. Put two dots side-by-side using your small brush. Then make two circles next to each other using those dots as your guide. In reality, cat's eyes are usually far apart and slanted. Architect's eyes are exaggeratedly big and round because we are going for cute and whimsical, not to mention psychedelic. Let's go ahead and switch to our middle brush to fail are kittens eyes with blue paint. We are going to let this sit to dry so that we can add the details later on. The next step is outlining his nose and snout. Switch to your small brush and outline an upside down triangle for his nose using blue paint. Then wipe the blue paint off with your paper napkin. In the next video, we will fill in his nose and add more details. 5. Adding Orange: Use orange to create another outline inside his triangular nose, making sure to smudge a bit of that blue when creating the second outline. We will leave that to dry for a bit before we fill it all end. Next, clean the small brush by dabbing and swirling the Bristol to the bottom of your paint cup. Remember to scrape it onto your paper napkin to ensure that there's no blue paint left. Creating the bridge of his nose. Start making two curved lines between his eyes, mirroring opposite of each other. We will press and lift our brush to achieve that wispy look. Begin with gently placing the tip of your brush onto one side of his nose. Press your brushes slightly harder when you get to the middle of the curve, then slowly lift your brush up. Once you've reached your stroke, repeat a mirrored curve on the opposite side of his nose. Create a few more curved lines with the same press and lift technique on the bottom of each eye. With this painting style, you'll get faster as you practice more and more. You'll soon figure out that it's sort of the same way. You make checkmarks going in different directions. When then start adding the same orange lines on his ears. We will need just a few curb lines. Then some on his chest area. Add vertical lines. Again. Makes sure they are slightly curved, orange lines mirroring opposite of each other on his forehead, creating division between his eyes and ears. Within those lines, start adding a lot of that precedent lift curve lines on his head, mimicking a Mohawk style haircut. And again, flick your wrist like you are making checkmarks. You can add a few more lines on his ears. If you want to show more distinction of his Ferrari ears. Now would be a good time to fill in the rest of his nose with orange while blending it with the initial blue outline that we created earlier. At this point, it is somewhat dry but still blend double. This will create a bit highlight on his wet looking nose. Clean and wipe the orange paint off your small brush and add a little bit of white paint to lighten up the middle of his nose. Blend it in just a bit. This will give a highlight wet look on the tip of his nose. Fixed any irregularities, if any, by blending the colors or dabbing lightly with your small brush. Cleaner small brush. Because in the next video, we will work on his snout. 6. Adding Blue & White: Make sure your small brush is clean. Using our small brush. Let's go ahead and fill in his snout with Blue, making sure we don't overlap with the orange. Be sure to leave a space between the blue and orange Mohawk, because later on, we will blend white to that. Before we add white ribbons and clean your small brush and outline the bottom of his eyes with white paint. On his snout. We can now fill in the gap between the orange and blue with a white overlapping each of the colors. This will give us that transitional color effect between the snout and his forehead. Wipe off the pain with your napkin. Add white on the side of his cheeks, ears, inside his ears, and chest area overlapping both yellow and blue. Create the same press and lift strokes until all the white canvas space covered in white paint strokes. Don't worry if you grab a bit of blue from the background when you are adding white, it actually adds texture, leaving it not so flat looking. We want that slight blend of colors to give our first some texture and separation. Add some on his chest. Rents and cleaner brush. Your small brush. Start adding yellow on top overlapping the white firm. This will blend the end connect differ with his space. It will also add more texture and the fluff. Again, some of the background colour will blend in slightly. I want to add more fluff all over his face and chest. I want the skin to be so fluffy. You want to squeeze them. So I'm adding some more white fur on top of the yellow and on his orange Mohawk. Also hide any lines between the background and the foreground. In the next video, we will add contrast and shading. 7. Adding Contrast & Shading : His snout is looking a bit dull. Let's make it match up with this iss four balanced sends his eyes will be gleaming when we're done painting him. I'm brightening up his now by adding another layer of blue. While the blue is still wet, Let's add white strokes slightly above the blue, overlapping a bit and blending them together using the press left technique. Blend a little bit more, most likely below where you added the white paint to make a smooth transition from dark blue to light blue. You may have to wipe off the rest of the blue pane to control how much light blue you want to blend. Now let's work on his eye is switch to your middle brush. Hopefully by this time, your blue circles are dry or somewhat dry by now. If not longer, to get it to the right amount of dryness, you can use a hairdryer or simply fan it with a paper plate to speed up the drying time. When it's dry. Add yellow just on the top part of his eyes, leaving the bottom half alone. When you have filled up half of the blue circles, wipe off any excess yellow paint with your paper napkin. With a clean brush. Drag some of that yellow paint down to the rest of the bottom half using little dabbing strokes until you run out of yellow paint. If you feel that your paint is getting a bit dry, dip your brush in water to loosen up the paint. Then proceed dragging the rest of the yellow paint to the bottom of the blue circles. This will give us that Andre transition effect. Another option to get this Andre look is to use your fingers if it's easier for you. When you're happy with your Andre blending task. Switch to your small brush so we can work on the final details in the next video. 8. Adding the Final Details: Switch back to your small brush. Be sure to rinse and dry. Take a little bit of black paint and place a thin line outlining his nose and mouth. You just need a very, very thin line for his nose. In fact, you don't have to do a complete outline. Just the bid on the bottom of his nose will do to cast this light shadow. And just a quick swipe on the top of his nose to hide the transition between the blue and the orange. Okay. For his mouth, we just need to create an upside down V shape with a bit of a flair. For this next step, mixture the kittens eyes, or dry or somewhat dry, Use the same small brush to create a vertical line in the middle of the circles. Then shape the lines, making the middle of the line thicker than the top and bottom. It shape should be like a long grain of rice. A very long grain of rice. Added thin layer of black for his eyelids. And then on the other side, shaped them to however you desire. Emphasize a little bit on his tear ducts. Add a little more white paint if you wish, to. His forehead a bit more evenly and maybe some more on his cheeks and chest area. The more layers of for the more detailed it would look. You can now add his whiskers. I'm using white paint for this because I don't want it to be too distracting. I'll wipe off whatever paint I have on my small brush. And now we will add a very, very thin and small curved white line towards the bottom of his eyes. This will give us a bit about what look. Clean your brush again, but this time, you'll need to use the other end of your small brush. Dab it ever so lightly on your white paint and press it on each side of his pupils. And a couple of those dots. And voila, you just made a very cute and floppy psychedelic work of art. Oh, wait, don't forget to. His nose. 9. Thank you and Class Project: Thanks guys. I hope you enjoyed watching and following along with this tutorial for your class project. I'd like to see the work of Lord that you have done. Please take a quick picture so that you can post it in the class project. Locate and click on the project and Resources tab below, click on the green button that says Create, Project, upload your cover page, your image, your title, and a description if you'd like, and click on publish, and that's it. I'm excited to see everyone's pop art painting. Also tag your artwork and follow me on Instagram and LinkedIn. Links are listed down below in the project and Resources tab. Thank you again and I hope to hear from you again in my next classes.