Spooky the Cat Step by Step Acrylic Painting on Canvas for Beginners


Hi Everyone, I’m Jane and today we’re going to paint a super, super simple Spooky the Cat. This is another one of the paintings that we used to do at the paint parties that I used to throw at my gallery. And it’s very simple. The perfect painting for the absolute
beginner and even for your little Art Monsters to paint along with you. Make sure you check out the video description below for a full list of materials that
I used making this. But also feel free to get super creative and use any colors
that you like for this painting. Now let’s get started. We’re going to create a very simple radiating background from the center here. So, I’m going to start with some yellow and fade out into some phthalo green and maybe a little bit of a phthalo
blue in the corners. I’m gonna use my 1-inch flat brush. Wet it my jar and wipe off
a little bit of the excess. I’m going to load up my brush quite a bit of primary
yellow. If you feel like you have a hard time blending you might want to take a
spray bottle and just wet the background here a little bit, because that will give
you a little bit of extra working time I’m going to start by putting the tip of
the brush straight on the canvas. I’m not doing it flat, just going to go straight
on the canvas. I’m center this way and just above the
center this way, and I’m just going to start kind of drawing a circle. Once you get out a little bit you can turn your brush flat. I’m gonna take this yellow
out quite far, and that’s because the phthalo green is very very strong and I
don’t want to lose my yellow. I want this background to still be pretty bright. And I’m applying the paint pretty heavy
which will also give me a little bit of extra working time. The thinner your paint is, the faster it’s going to dry. Alright, so there’s my yellow. I’m going
to load up with some more yellow and I’m gonna grab a bit of green on each corner
I’m gonna start just outside of the yellow and lightly work it in. Now remember, if you press your brush
flat you’re gonna deposit paint. So right here, I’m barely using the end of the
brush to smooth those colors together, but over here where I want to lay some
down I can put a little bit of extra pressure and get a lot more paint. So
remember, if you’re having a hard time blending, check the pressure on your
brush. If you’re depositing too much paint, you’re probably putting too much
pressure on your brush. You can work it into your yellow as far as you want, just don’t stop right outside your yellow. Don’t be afraid to get those colors
right into each other. More yellow, little bit more green, and we’ll start up here.
Again, starting outside of the yellow, smoothing it, and with very light brush
pressure, I’m working into the yellow. I’m going into the yellow probably three inches (cute spooky music while we watch the master speed paint) (Look at her go!) I’m gonna get some more green, and I’m not going to take this color all the way down to the bottom because we’re going to put a fence there anyway, but I just want to make sure that the green goes
down far enough that I don’t have to make my fence too tall to cover up any
white spots on the canvas. But if you want to take the color all the way to the bottom and worry about your fence later, that’s fine it’s not going to be
hard to cover this color with the fence. Now I still have my yellow and my green, and I’m just going to get some phthalo blue here and fill in these corners just like
I did before. I’m starting outside of the green and then with light pressure, I’m
just going to fade it down into the green . Very, very light pressure Alright, I’m going to get my blow-dryer
and dry this mostly at the bottom. Just so that when I add the fence, I don’t
drag that green down into it. Let’s do our fence, and we’re going to do a very, very simple fence. But if you wanted to make it more like the fence we did in the Summer Flowers video you can absolutely put that kind of energy into
it. But I just want this to be a very simple video that you could do with
little kids, or if your very first time painter that you could do this with very little frustration. So I have my 1-inch flat brush, and I’m going to load up with a bit of white. Not a ton. That’s a little too much. And then I’m going to get some burnt umber on both sides. Notice I’m not blending them together, I’m just picking it up. And then a little bit of black on the corner. Maybe a little bit on the
other corner too. Now I’m going to decide where I want my fence to be. And I’m
probably only going to go up three or four inches, and I’m just going to use
the edge of my brush to create the top of the fence, and put it straight on the
canvas and then bring it straight down. And pick another spot and do it again. All of these fence posts can be different lengths. If they’re starting to look too
uniform, just kind of mix up your colors a little bit. My brush was a little wet.
I’m getting some color running. That’s ok. Might make it look like the fence is old
and weathered. But see, by not blending the colors
together, it’s helping me get a little bit of a wood look. I’m not going over and over and over these boards, just on the edge there so I could get it covered. Just letting the colors do what the color wants to do. You know, if you have a board that
doesn’t look right, or you know, it you feel like it doesn’t look like boards
there, then just take a different color and put it over top and now maybe there’s another piece of a board right there. I’m just going to touch up some of these that ran a little bit. And that’s really all I’m going to do to this fence. Now I’m gonna get my blow-dryer and dry it so that when I start drawing
the cat with the chalk, I’m not trying to drag the chalk through wet paint. Alright so let’s start drawing
our cat, and I have this white chalk. Now, decide where you want your cat to be
first, and I want him to be set to the right, just off of the center. I’m going
to put the main part of his body right here. Before you draw his body, think
about his placement. You don’t want to put his body, the bottom of his body
right on the very tip top of the fence, because it’s not gonna look like he’s
really sitting on the fence. It’s gonna look like he’s floating above it. But you
also don’t want to put his body too far below it, because that’s going to look
off too. So I like to start with where the very bottom of his bum is going to be. So I’m just going to put a little bit of a line right there and then draw a circle
off of that. And because this is chalk and you can put your paint wherever you want it, you don’t have to worry about getting this perfectly in the right
place. Just get a general idea. So I think I like that for his body. I feel like
this is too low. This is probably about where I want his body to be, is the top of this line. Let’s give him some haunches for his
back legs This is kind of going to be like a half
of a heart shape on each side, starting here and come out, down and blend it back into his body. And same thing on the other side. Hopefully you can see that chalk on the yellow. Now I want him to be a really kind of whimsical cat. I’m gonna come off of the edge of his body and up and again on this side. Give him a long, thin neck. Let’s go a little bit bigger than that.
There, I like that better. Now for his head, I don’t want to put his head square on
the center of his neck, because that’s going to look like he’s facing away from us once we put his tail on, and or it’s going to look like his head is on
backwards if you can see his eyes. I want it to look like he’s facing away
from us but that his head is turned, so to do that, I’m going to draw an oval
for his head, the neck is going to be off center from the oval a little bit, and
the oval isn’t gonna be straight. It’s going to be kinda kicked to the
side a little bit, and that will look like his head is kind of turned toward us. I’m just going to start with an oval, and since he’s not a real realistic cat, his head can be shaped however you like. For his ears, are going to be very simple We’re going to draw kind of a U on top
of his head. It’s going to look like a weird demon thing for a second… And then from the tip of that point, we’re going to come straight down into the side of his head. And straight down into the side of his
head. Let’s decide where his tail is going to
be. So make sure you make his tail come out of the center of his body. Don’t make it come out of right here, because that’s gonna look
weird. So come out of the center of his body… down a little bit… up… and we’ll give him a nice big curl. He’s got quite a fancy tail. Make sure that your curl is
set off enough that when we put the spider, the spider isn’t hanging up
against the rest of his tail. You want a spider to be kind of free hanging here.
Now I’ve got my half-inch angle brush, and you can use whatever you’re
comfortable drawing with. If it’s not an angle brush, then don’t use an angle
brush. And I’m going to get some black paint. I did wet this brush in my jar. I’m
going to start outlining him. You don’t have to worry about being, you know, not going inside of the outlines because we’re going to fill all in with black. So
I’m just going to outline, and you can make adjustments to any of these lines as you need to. If you are painting over chalk like I am,
just be aware that it’s going to dry out your paint a little bit more, so if you
need to keep your brush a little bit wetter to fill in some of those holes,
then do that. (cute spooky music as we watch Jane closely) I feel like I want to make his haunches
just a little bit bigger. Not a lot. (more cute spooky music) (look at Jane go! 🙂 And then I’m just going to lightly
sketch his tail out. Now, if you’re using an angle brush here, which if you’re not
comfortable with an angle brush then don’t use an angle brush, but if you want to use an angle brush, when you’re going around the swirl here, what you’re going to want to do is roll the brush as you go. See how I’m turning it? Because,
remember, the tip of this brush always drags. So if I start here, my brush is
pointing down, and as I come around, i’m rolling it so that when I get to here,
it’s pointing up. And I would do the same thing all the way around. Pointing down…
and up… But if you need to use a round brush, if that’s more comfortable for you, there’s nothing wrong with that. This is just the brush I’m most comfortable with. (Now watch her as she gets that tail in there) however; painting around a camera… is a little more difficult, because sometimes in order to make sure that you guys can see, I can’t see. I paint blind sometimes, just for you guys. And I’m putting more pressure there to widen out that line, ’cause I want his tail to be
wider at the base. I’ll come back and fill out that shape a little bit better in a minute, but for now, let’s fill him in. So I’m using this half-inch flat brush, and
this is the exact same brush as the 1- inch flat brushe I used on the background, it’s just not quite as wide. And this is one of the brushes that I will have
available for you very soon. As always, I wet it in the jar, and wiped it the edge.
I’m gonna get some black paint. Now the reason I’m using this one instead of my angle brush is because the bristles are firmer, and so it pushes the paint down into the texture of the canvas a little bit better than the soft angle brush. And that way I don’t have to struggle with it or take quite as long to fill it in
as I would using the angle brush. Just filling in going right over top of
those chalk lines. The chalk does not affect the paint at all except it might
make it a little bit drier, like i said before, but as far as the color goes, it
doesn’t really affect the color. If you were using like a dark colored chalk and white paint here, you might see a little bit of it, but the white chalk with the
black paint it doesn’t make any difference. (Cute spooky music) I’m just going to fix up his tail a
little bit and then we’re gonna let him dry. (cute spooky music while Jane fills in the spooky cat) Alright now we’re going to take a little
liner brush and we’re going to make our spider web in his tail here. I’m going to
load up with some black paint, and notice I’m rolling the brush back and forth.
That’s going to keep it in a nice, sharp point rather than flattening it, so I can
use it as a pencil a little bit easier and get a nice, crisp line. So pick any
point in here, wherever you like. It could even be up in here, and just draw a
little circle. iit can even be up against the edge of his tail, wherever you like. I’m just going to do it right about here,
and just draw a little circle. That’s gonna be the center of my spiderweb. Now I’m just going to start making some lines radiating out of it. Again with my hand flat on the canvas, and using the brush like a pencil. They don’t have to be really evenly
placed or consistent. Just a fun little spider web Now we’re going to connect them with
some little scallop shapes. I’m gonna start up here and swoop down and back up. I’m gonna do that all the way around. Now when I get to this one, I’m going to do something a little bit different. I’m gonna take my little scallop shape
up in the center, and back down, and back up. So it’s a little double shape. And the reason for that is because i’m going to draw another web off of it… and down to the tail. And just keep adding as many as you want. You can really go crazy and
fill this whole thing up, or you can just do a few. Whatever you prefer. If you start to get a little fuzzy broken line, just get a little extra water on your brush
and mix it back in there. Just means your paint’s a little dry. (cute spooky music as we watch Jane…. …. watching her so very close) (that’s one spooky spider web!) now before we do our spider, i’m going to give a little thread for him to be hanging on. And I’m still using my little
liner brush. I’m going to put my hand right on my canvas and rather than
trying to draw a line like that, which I’ll lose control of it a little bit and it
will pull to one side or the other, what I’m going to do is keep my fingers
stationary, my hand on my canvas, and just let gravity bring my arm down. And I find that that is the easiest way to draw a straight line. I’m just going to fill it out a little. For the spider himself, I’m going to use this little flat brush. And I have some… prism violet… but you can use any purple you want. This is just the first
one I grabbed. I’m gonna grab some white and kind of mix it in there. Not worried
about mixing it up too well, it can be a little bit marbley. I’m going to draw a
little circle or oval shape off the bottom of the thread here. I’m going do just a very simple spider, but if you wanted to put a lot more attention into
his body, then that is perfectly ok. I just want a little, simple guy. Maybe I’ll give him a little slash of some darker purple down one side, since I have that little bright highlight on the one side. Going back to my liner brush. We’re going to give him some legs. Now, I’m just giving him again very simple legs, but I really like the legs that I
give him because it makes him look kind of spooky-cute. So I have my black paint, and I’m going to come straight off of his body just about a quarter of an inch. And then off of that, I’m going to do a crazy, little, squiggly line that just kind of
trails off. And it’s ok if these lines overlap each other. He’s just a… whimsicle little crazy
spider. And I think in the real world, there’s no such thing as a cute spider. But this is a cute spider. I’m kind of twisting my brush as I bring it down, and I’m not really focusing on letting gravity bring my arm down. I am kind of trying to draw, and that’s what’s helping me get that wonky, wobbly line. (Yes… she said wonky wobbly line.) (silly Jane) We’ll start giving him
some eyes, and I’m gonna take the end of my paint brush… dip it in some white…
don’t want too big of a blob on there… and just decide where you want his eyes, and touch the end of the paintbrush to it. Maybe I’ll give him five eyes. I’ve never
given the spider five eyes before. I’ve done this painting many times. I’ve always
given him just two eyes, but let’s be creepy and gross and give him five eyes. Once that white has had a minute to dry, we’ll come back and a little bit more to
those eyes. So in the meantime, we’ll do the spooky cat’s eyes. So I’m going back to my chalk. What I’m going to do first is decide
exactly where the center of his head is. So I’m going to draw a line from the
edge here… that’s about in the center to the edge here… and from the center here…
down. Now remember, this isn’t gonna be a straight up-and-down square, grid, because this head isn’t straight up-and-down. It’s canted off to the side. Decide
where you want his eyes, and I’m just going to give him big, crazy round eyes… that fill up most of his head. And I’m putting it right on that center line.
Just making sure they’re both about in the same place on either side of his
head. If you feel like you need to paint his eyes in with white first that’s
perfectly fine. I’m not going to because I mix quite a bit of white in with the
color that I’m using. I’m gonna use this quarter inch flat brush. Wet it in the jar and, i’m going to mix up a nice, bright green color. I’m going to grab just a little
bit of this phthalo green. It’s very, very strong, and will overpower your yellow very quickly. Mix it in there until I get a green that I like it. I’m gonna mix up quite a bit of it. And then I’m gonna grab some white and mix that in. Now I’m just going to start drawing his
eyes right about where I made these chalk lines. Nice, big, round, crazy eyes. And it’s the white that helped me cover the black. If I didn’t use the white, the
green and the yellow would be very, very transparent. Stand back and look at them, and decide if any of them need to be adjusted. And I think we have kind of a flat spot here. Notice I’m using the edge of my brush, not the side of it to get a nice, crisp
line here. You have better control with the very tip of the brush then you do
with the side of it. Alright, now I’m gonna take that same
color and just mix a little bit of this extra into it, so it’s a little bit
darker. I might add just a little bit more. I just want to give a little bit of
a darker color toward the very top of his eyes, and I’m going to do a lighter
color at the bottom, just to give them a little bit more depth and dimension here. And just slash this darker color in at the top… and lightly brush it out so it blends a
little bit. You might want to wait for that first layer of paint to dry so it doesn’t scrape it off. I’m gonna get a bit more white, and mix up a quite light
color. Much lighter than the first color i did. And put a little highlight down here. And remember, it’s your light pressure that’s going to help you get those
colors blended. Heavy pressure to lay on, and light pressure to blend it. Same concept as when we were doing the background. I’m using more pressure here to put it down, and really light pressure
here to blend it in. Barely even touching. Now let’s check out our spider’s eyes.
They should be almost dry, but I have these little points from where I touched the white on there, so I’m just going to kind of push it with my finger… and it’s
still wet, so don’t wipe it, but I’m just taking the high points off of those. Just tap it with my finger and wipe that extra paint off. Now he’s ready for his
pupils. And I’m gonna take my little liner brush, and it’s pretty dry, I’m just going
to go straight into the black paint and just get like a little pinpoint on
the end of my brush. And I want it to look like my spider is looking at my cat, and
the way I’m gonna do that is by where I place the pupil. If I put the pupil
straight in the center of the eye, it’s going to look like he’s looking at us, and
that’s creepy, we don’t like that. So to make them look at the cat, I’m going to put the pupil in this top, right-hand corner, so it looks like he’s looking up
this way. So I’m just going to touch right there, and right there… If your
white paint is too wet, you’re gonna have a hard time laying down the black. That’s why we tapped it with our finger first. Now let’s give our cat some pupils, and we’ll be about done. Actually, there’s one spot on his eye I
wanna clean up. I feel like we have a little bit of a low spot right here, and
so if that happens to you, all you need to do is get some black paint and you can come in and just paint over that a little bit. Alright, so we want to also make it look like our cat is looking down at the spider, and I know you can’t see the
spider right now, but basically the spider is down this way from his eyes. So I’m going to take the edge of my quarter- inch flat brush, and just touch like that. That’s where his eye is basically going to be looking. And another one on the
other side in about the same spot. Still using the edge of my brush, I’m going to start a little bit above it and kind of push down, and drag a little bit, and then release my pressure. Then you can clean up that bottom line to get more of a point if you need to. Same thing over here. Push down… and release the pressure. And then you can kind of look at them and decide if
they’re shaped the same way, if you need to adjust them. Using my tiny flat brush,
and I’m going to give him some highlights and then he’s done. I’m just
going to put a little one there… and a little one here. It doesn’t really matter what
size or shape or where you put these highlights, just make sure they’re
consistent from one eye to the other. And then maybe I’ll do another one right
here. To clean off any chalk lines, just take a brush that is slightly damp, and
wipe over them, and they should come off pretty easily. just wipe it off on a
paper towel. You don’t have to scrub at it, in fact if
you scrub at it at this point, you may remove some paint, so just a light wipe is really all it needs. And then we’re just going to sign it and we’re done. And there’s your cute and spooky Halloween cat. From here, you could really do a lot of fun things to this painting. You could give them a lot of
highlights, you could paint him in a different color, the background in a
different color, add as much detail as you want, or leave it as simple as this.
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Dereck Turner

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