Sheep’scape: Acrylic Painting for Beginners | Nadine Allan | Skillshare

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Sheep’scape: Acrylic Painting for Beginners

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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Part 1: Background

    • 4. Part 2: The Field

    • 5. Part 3: The Sheep

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About This Class


Lets create a whimsical painting of sheep!

This class is perfect for anyone who has never painted before but would like to jump in and create something shareable right away.

No prior knowledge or experience required!

By the end, you’ll have created your very own painting and will have gained experience with some basic painting techniques, such as:
How to blend colors to create smooth transitions, practice controling line thickness and how to use basic shapes to create a recognizable object.

You can create your own spin on the steps I outline, or simply follow along step by step.

Here are some examples of Sheep'Scapes:



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Nadine Allan


I started painting at a very young age and have a BA from UCLA. My work has hung in galleries in LA, NYC, and even in the US Capitol Building.

I am a Visual Artist with a wide range of experiences working in the Arts, such as:

Painting large murals for clients, painting theatre sets, retail installations, curating Fine Art shows, art direction for Fashion Week, teaching and facilitating paint parties, designing board games, designing print and web material.

Curious and an explorer at heart, my hobby is to learn new things everyday.

Aside from learning, I also love to share what I know through informational design and teaching, which I hope you get the chance to enjoy!

I look forward to learning with you!

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1. Introduction: My name is Nadine Murray, and I am a working artist. I've shown in galleries in New York and L A. Today I'm going to guys, you guys through a painting of this, this a sheep escape. You don't need any experience to do this Fun Introduction for beginners to acrylic painting . Take a look at the materials PDF and the instructional PdF, which I recommend scrolling through before watching the videos for a general idea of what we will be doing. Also, don't forget to post about your process and final shape paintings on the assignment page. Have fun painting, and I look forward to seeing everyone's work. 2. Materials: before we begin, we need to gather our materials. So what you'll need is a canvas I used to six by six inch square canvas. But, Phil, Frito size up if you want. You also need some paintbrushes. I only use thes two brushes, a number 12 flat brush and in number two filbert brush. But, uh, you can you could even go a little smaller on this flat brush. It doesn't have to be exactly like mine. And then for this smaller brush, you just need something that has a point at the end so that you can use it to do some of the details, and then you're also going to need a cup. It's not be for drinking, so make sure it's a cup that you don't mind getting dirty, and then also make sure you fill it with warm water that's gonna be for your paintbrushes. One you, you know, wash it off in between switching colors, and then you also need a rag or paper towel, uh, to wipe your brushes off. Once you're done raising it off with the water cup, you'll need a pallet paint palette, and it does have be fancy as on as it's something that gonna hold your paints so it's OK if it's a plastic plate or even a plastic lid. Anything that can hold your paints is fine. Lastly, you'll need your paints, so I recommend getting the primary colors. But if you have some other colors laying around, that's OK, you can use those to. I just recommend having these based colors because you had pretty much mixed together any color from thes. And since we're working on such a small canvas, you don't have to buy a big jar of paint. It could be even those little small tubes that come in paint kits also attached. I have a, uh, materials list that you guys can download and look at, and you can even print it out and bring it with you to the store. All right, so take a look at that. Pdf for the materials list and, uh, let's get painting 3. Part 1: Background: we're going to get started with our background, which involves blending, so we're going to be using our flat brush. Make sure it's damp but not dripping on. Dip it into your light blue, starting at the very top of the campus from one side to the other. In long, broad strokes, Paint the top third of the canvas with light blue. Now rinse off your brush, dip into your purple and thats purple right beneath the blue and cover the middle third of your campus. Now it's time for the blending. Using this big flat brush can rinse it off a bit. Make sure it's clean using this clean down brush without any paint on it at all. Use the flat side of the brush to stroke right over the intersection between the purple and blue, and keep on stroking over it till you see a nice blend. Nice transition between the two colors, the more you struggle over two different colors, the more that they'll blend together. When Theo that go ahead and rinse off your brush again, mixture is not dripping, and then dip your brush into the blue just plain blue and fill up the rest of the campus with that blue right beneath your purple color. And just like what we did up here between the purple and light blue. We're going to stroke right over that intersection between the purple and regular blue until you see a nice transition. All right, so now you have your background. Go ahead and let it dry. You can either walk away for about 10 minutes and let it dry. Or you can use a blow dryer to make it dry a lot faster. All right, see you in the next video. 4. Part 2: The Field: for a next step, we will be adding our field. From now on, I'm only going to be using my smallest brush with the tip. Make sure that your brush is damp but not dripping, and then dip it into your green. Make sure your brush is not to plumpy. That has a nice fine, too. The amount of pressure that you apply to your brush will determine how thick your lines are . So if you want thinner lines, apply less pressure. We're going to start off by making two curved lines for the top of our fields that don't intersect. So I'm going to start by drying curve line, goes up and down a little bit, and then it's going to stop. And then I'm going to draw another line, leaving a little bit of space in between my lines. He's gonna curve up and off the painting, right? So that's the start of our fields for the very top of our field. Now I'm going to fill in these lines to create a regular shape. One important thing. Make sure that your lines do not intersect, that you leave a little gap in between you're shapes and then I'm going to continue with the same process all the way down to the very bottom of my campus. Feel free to get creative with this or you Can I use mine as a reference. And if you want to, you should leave some bigger gaps. It just makes it look like a river or pool or something. I'm gonna go ahead and fill this in a little bit more. When you're all done with your fields, you can go back and refine some your edges, or you can even connect a few of them. For example. I'm going to go up into here and I'm going to connect this little space. All right, so now you have your field. In the next step, I'll be showing you how to add your sheep. 5. Part 3: The Sheep: Now we're going to add our sheep, so the sheep, you can think of it in terms of shapes. Once you can think of things in terms of ships, you could pretty much draw anything. So I'm going to using my smallest brush. Gonna take out my water cup here, make sure it's not dripping on. Dip it into your weight, just plain white. I'm going to start off with the sheep body and to start of the sheep body, I'm going to draw a rounded rectangle, so let's draw around it Rectangle for the sheep body. It doesn't have to be perfect. Could be a little regular. In fact, it's probably better if the top part of the rectangle it's a little bit longer than the bottom part. All right, so once you have that, get some more white paint. Fill it in with a lot of white. The great thing about acrylics is that you can make it really thick and give it lots of body lots of thick paint, since it drives really fast. And once he filled in this rounded rectangle, we're going to make this body very lumpy. So I'm gonna go in and just make thes rounded hedges, and then I'm also going to give it a little tail. So I'm gonna make an extra lump right here on the back of does she a little tiny toe. All right, so we're going to do what is called scruffy toe. So we're going to turn our brush around, too. The wrong side of the brush, the this rounded part that has known bristles, and I'm going to use it to scribble inside of this body shape. And for this part, you can get creative with it if you want to, like, write something or draw something in the sheep, you can. But I'm just going to make a whole bunch of scribbles and side there. Do most of them on towards the back of the sheep. You can keep this front part mostly clear of the scribbles. And in fact, if you go back and paint a little bit over some of those girls that you don't like, keep in mind that you can only do this part while it's still what? So you're gonna have to do all this in one go right. So once you've done the scribbles inside of the body I'm going to let let it dry. Let this white body dry. Yeah, before we do the head and the lakes, Once your sheeps body has dried, we're going to add the sheep head and sheep legs. So we're still using the smallest fresh. Depend to your black and we're going to start off with the oval shape. Now, this off shape is going to be about half of the height of the body and then even put a little a little dot here about half. Then I'm going to make an oval shape that's has a little bit space away from the body. So you want to leave some room for the neck, right? Once you have your oval shape, let's give it a neck to connect it to the body. So the way we do that is we're going to draw a curved line from the front of the body that connects up to the top of this oval and then occurred why, that curves into the body. Um, a little bit, uh, almost halfway up the oval, just below halfway. Actually, I'm gonna go ahead and fill in that neck. The era of the shoot sheep is about half the length of the neck approximately. I'm just going to start off by drying. That's my line, goes inward from the oval, and I'm going to stick in up the the line. That's closer to the Oval. So it's gonna be a cone shaped here. All right, Now, let's give it some legs. The legs are basically just four straight lines that come down from the bottom of the bodies. I'm going here using the very tip of your brush and very little pressure to make four straight lines right below the body. Right. So this is your basic sheep. Now, I am gonna go in and do a few touch ups. I'm going to wash off my brush and keeping my brush pretty watery. I'm going to dip it back to the white, so I'm going to get some watery white. The more water that you add, your paint, the thinner you're paid will become. So I'm just going to get a thin amount of white paint. And I'm just gonna brush it over the body here thin layer just to cover up some of those scribbles. But I'm still gonna allow those scribbles to show through a little bit. The scribbles just give it some texture, and then I'm going to dip my brush back into the white, pick up some more wife and I'm going. Teoh, cover up some well parts, I think, need touching up little spots of black where I don't want it. That's the best thing about painting is that you can always go back and refine your painting, so if you want a ramp, you can add a curfew line that goes inward. It's okay if you leave as a sheet, but you can do this if you want to wrap. So what you do is using the small brush. You go back to your black and I'm going to draw a curved line that starts from the top of the head here. And then it's going Teoh end inside of the body, pointing towards its own neck. So it's gonna be a curved line just like that, and you can always go back and touch up your lines. And there you go. Now you have around. All right, so that was the last step. Keep in mind that you can always go back, Teoh my instructional pdf and take a look through all the different steps I have outlined there, and then also at the end of the pdf, I have a few extra variations that you can do to your sheep and really just have fun with it and make some sheep scapes.