Starfish Painting

Starfish Painting - student project

When I found this image of a Candy Cane Starfish, I knew I had to paint it and the bed of coral it rests in.  I used watercolor paints on water color paper.  Here's my process:

Starfish Painting - image 1 - student project

First I gathered my materials.


Starfish Painting - image 2 - student project

Then I sketched my starfish until I was happy with it.


Starfish Painting - image 3 - student project

I started my detailed painting of the starfish with a red/orange color to keep it bright.  It ended up being a series of outlined circles with just a little filling in between them.


Starfish Painting - image 4 - student project

After completing the starfish, I filled my page with a thin coat of water and dropped some dark blue paint throughout. 


Starfish Painting - image 5 - student project

Then I swirled my brush in circular motions to replicate the rounded texture of the coral bed.  After letting it dry I repeated the process a few times to create a feeling of depth.


Starfish Painting - image 6 - student project

Lastly, I painted opaque white dots on the darkest parts of the blue to add some interest and make it pop.  


Starfish Painting - image 7 - student project

Here's my completed painting.  So much fun!  Hope you enjoyed the process.

Chris V

Artist, Designer, Maker