This series will show you how to create fun studies of plants in acrylics using a simple bold palette.
In this lesson I will show you how to neaten up your initial lay-in of colour, ready for more detailed passes.
You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/P1090720-scaled.jpg
- Acrylic paints: White, Bright Yellow, Bright Blue and Earth Red
- Water cups and water
- Palette – Paper towel
- Medium sized flat acrylic brush
- Small pointed brush
- Begin by mixing up your darkest colour (likely a blend of your earth red and blue).
- Mix this with a bit of water to create a slightly runny consistency – then gradually work your way around the piece, filling in any ragged white edges.
- You can also use this as an opportunity to alter any mistakes in the shapes of the leaves etc.
- Once you’ve completed the darkest tones, you can mix lighter greens to do the same thing within the leaves.
- You can also neaten up and slightly embellish the plant pot.
- Finally, add some highlights back into the leaves using pure white.
- Acrylics tend to be quite transparent so we will keep doing more of these highlight passes of the next few sessions.