Koi – 3:7.5 – Nature Meets Paper – How to Art

Koi – 3:7.5 – Nature Meets Paper – How to Art


hi I’m Brandon and welcome to nature
meets paper the place where we go on an adventure to discover the world of
marine biology today we’re going to go on a new adventure to go with my regular
videos if you noticed my regular videos have a green thumb nail that’s for the
science portion this is gonna be our new video series that’s gonna have blue
thumb nails it’s gonna be focused more on the art behind how I do all of my art
because I know a few of you requested to see how I do it I just want to let you
know that I’m not professionally trained at all this is going to be a video
series that’s gonna be a little more relaxed it’s not going to get scripted
and I just wanted to let you know that I practice a lot I do a new painting every
single week so that practice helps me with my skills and I experiment a lot
with to see how like what works best for me are you ready let’s dive in I don’t
show how I get my initial drawing on my canvas or watercolor paper I do my
initial drawing on tracing paper then use carbon transfer paper to transfer a
line drawing to my canvas I do this for a few reasons first is
that I don’t like to erase on the canvas or watercolor paper second is that by
the time I’m painting I’ve gone over the shapes and lines and the directions of
the flow three times this repetition allows me to naturally flow with the
paint in the direction of the details I’d also like to say make sure your
drawing is correct before adding paint paint can fix many
things but it can’t fix proportions and proportions are a big deal when you’re
trying to draw realistic nature or realistic things this Koi painting had tons of detail in
it causing me to paint in a little bit different style than I normally do I’m
left-handed and I always start with my paintings with the background first that
way I can work on the background and then work on my subject I start in the
top right corner and then work my way down to the bottom left this makes it so
I’m not running it my hand over wet paint I work with a small brush when I’m
using close details leaving a ring or a margin around the subject then I fill
the rest in with a large brush it is like decorating cookies you start with
an outline then you flood with icing but in this case we are using paint and not sugar the
thing to remember when painting is to get the values correct
make sure your darks are dark enough and your lights are light enough if you get
this right you don’t need to worry about getting the exact color from your
reference photo it’ll still look really good for these koi I started with my
brightest colors like reds and oranges then I work to my light yellows to the
of the body the the reason for doing this is so that I can get a value of
reds I want to make sure I don’t fill in space with the wrong color for bright
oranges and reds it is best to have them on a base of white because they can
bleed into other colors and if you have them on a dark background there’ll be a
darker color this just ensures that they’re the brightest colors possible I
also try to stick with similar colors I find it easier to work in similar colors
so I don’t have to mix those same colors again I will find all the colors that
are similar and place them on the koi even if the color isn’t the final color
I want I will place it I can always go back over it with a
glaze to lighten or darken the color my glaze using a little bit of water with
my acrylic paints or glazing medium just be careful when using glazing medium it
is more translucent than using water but it also has a high gloss and that might
not be what the effect you are going for I usually try to work from
mid-tones to my darks this helps push the subject back into the background it
is easier for me to work from lights to darks and then add my final highlights
at the end how do I know if my colors are dark enough I check my values with
my reference photo I often try to isolate colors and values with my hands
so you can do this at home you can close one I make a small hole with your hand
make and then you can look through this hole until you can see only a color
swatch and then that gives you the color so this gives you the general tone of
the color and the general like feeling so you can mix different aspects onto it
I recommend if you’re new to painting grab a color wheel and see where that
color kind of falls on the color wheel and you can mix your colors to make that
one color that you just saw then I can mix my paints to watch what I saw you
can also hold your paintbrush in the air to align it with the color of your
reference photo the paint on the brushes or the paint on the bristles should
match what is on the screen or reference make sure it make sure it’s lit well
from behind if you are working from a computer monitor the backlight will make
it appear darker and to get the fine details I use a long thin brush I used
to think those tiny little bristle brushes would be best for final detail
it does make sense but the paint separates the bristles causing it to be
less detailed so use a long thin bristle brush
for fine details you can see me use this brushes for several spots on this piece
as I work I refer to my reference photo more than I look at the painting in the
beginning I want to make sure that I’m familiar with the space the shape in the
value of the piece before it goes on to the canvas by the time the I am working
with my highlights which is typically at the end I don’t use my reference photo
as much at that point my mid-tones and darks are set I need to decide as an
artist what my painting needs I do refer to the photo a bit but not as much as
the beginning I had highlights then finish the eyes last many people like
doing the eyes first which is fine remember I’m not a trained in art at all
but I do like the reveal of the character the in the animal’s eyes this
is the moment where everything comes together and you give that painting life
I really enjoy that moment also remember to let your layers dry it is not like
Photoshop where you can click a button to add a layer or to undo if they’re
layer you are working on it becomes tacky or doesn’t glide nicely it is time
to stop the next thing with acrylic paint is that it dries fast this gives
me time to look at my painting from several feet away
just take it in and see what it needs and make decisions that way I can work I
can also work on other aspects of my business during these rest periods and
then finish up my paintings when I come back to I will call this painting
finished thanks for watching this video it was fun trying something new it feels
less scripted and it feels a little more personal which is kind of fun so you can
kind of get to know me how I think a little bit better I will do my best to
put out these videos on Tuesdays my regularly scheduled videos come out on
Saturday mornings so I try and get these videos out by Tuesday but these videos
are a little harder for me because it’s less scripted
and I have to wait till my painting is actually done to get it done for you
which means some of my weekends are a little bit busy but I will do my best to
get it out by Tuesday I hope you enjoyed this series called how to art I have two
limited edition t-shirts that I created called dock the halls it features a
harbor seal with Santa hat some Christmas lights up for sale on
teespring.com you can look for that in the description below I’m also going to
be creating and selling Christmas ornaments so if you want one of those
send me a message if you can find my social media down below I use Instagram
quite often you can even find me there and request a Christmas ornament all
right be happy be silly be creative I will see you in our next adventure

Dereck Turner

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