From owning her own face painting business and creating an annual animation expo to having a brick and mortar, Eva Lacy has done some unique things in her life, but her true calling was to become a freelance artist. Coming from a small rural Northern Californian town didn’t stop her from reaching for what she wanted and creating art for everyone to enjoy. She gave up owning a store front selling for other artists to create and sell her own artworks.
Each week, Eva finds ways to teach drawing and painting through Instagram live videos, create fun art auctions, make one of a kind commissions, and keep fellow artists inspired with her cartoony style. Today, we're very lucky to have her here on our blog to show us how to paint one of her cartoon creations! Take it away, Eva!
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Pencil / Colored Pencil
Watercolor Paper (140 lb)
Black Water Resistant Pen (best with fine tip)
Acryla Gouache (all colors)
Gold Paint (any kind, best if more opaque)
Paint Brushes (round brush #1, 2, 3, and flat brush)
HOW TO CREATE AN ADORABLE CARTOON MONSTER:
Sketch your character with a pencil or colored pencil. Draw lightly for easy erasing.
Outline your character with your black water resistant pen.
Start with painting the background with the Acryla gouache and a #2/#3 round brush or your flat brush, then move your way up to the foreground.
Create any texture with the background before focusing on your character. Paint darkest colors first as you want to work dark to light.
Once you have all your dark colors down, start creating highlights and shadows in similar colors with a #1 round brush. For example, the fur is a deep teal, use a lighter teal, blue or green to create highlights and texture. Experiment with different brushes that are dry, wide, thin, etc. to create interest.
Creating lenses for glasses is an easy trick. Take a small amount of white acrylic with the end of your Round #2 or #3 brush, add a touch of clean water to it, mix acrylic & water until transparent. Go over the eye area and use your finger to take the excess off. This should leave a sheer layer.
Take your acrylic white on the #1 round brush, thin down acrylic, but keep more acrylic white than water on your brush. Add small highlights around the border of your lenses.
Create the frames for your glasses using the #1 round brush. Start with the darkest color first then move to similar colors that are lighter. For example, mine is a dark rose then moves to a light pink.
Outline your work with your #1 round brush. Thin your Acryla gouache paint down to a watery consistency. You should have just enough paint to be opaque. Make sure all the water is in the bristles and not running down the handle while doing line work. If you are outlining light colors, use a shade or 2 darker for the outline. TIP: It makes your painting more fun to outline dark colors with lighter ones. It doesn’t always come out, so be sure to experiment and use your judgement
Embellishing! You can take your painting from good to great by adding embellishments such as gold and glitter. Take different brushes and add gold here and there. Don’t overdo it, just enough to create some interest. I usually use a #1 round brush for my gold embellishments.
Take your tacky glue on a #2/#3 round brush, add some clean water and mix together until transparent (more glue than water). Then add around your piece where you like. Before it dries add the iridescent glitter. Shake excess glitter off into a folded paper which will make it easy to put back in the glitter container.
Most important...your signature!
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