Blue Fairy on a Pink Donut Fantasy Acrylic Painting Tutorial
Hey there everyone, Kristina here with another blog post on acrylic painting. I decided a fantasy painting would be perfect for this month's tutorial. I really hope you enjoy painting this as much as I did.
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Acrylic paints used in this tutorial:
These colours and more are available at the Art and Soul Studio Hervey Bay. I mainly use Golden paints and Liquitex heavy body. Jo Sonja has a gorgeous rich gold that I use.
Permanent Green Light
Transparent Red Oxide
Paint Brushes Used:
Large Flat Brush
16/0 detailer brush
Size 4 Round brush
I used a 16 x 20 inch canvas board.
Gold Glitter for the fairy wings
Golden Super Gloss Varnish
Let's begin the fun!
First step is usually to paint the back ground, this makes things a lot easier and saves you a lot of time. So if you know what colour you want the background to be then do it now. I wasn't sure what colour I wanted until the very end. I chose Mars Black. So paint the whole canvas Mars Black.
Wait for the paint to dry and sketch the shape of the donut onto the canvas. Then paint the whole donut Yellow Ochre.
Mix some quinadicridone red and titanium white to make the pink colour of the icing. This colour pink is perfect.
Paint over the sections marked for the icing with the pink paint. Use Mars Black to paint in the hole of the donut.
To make the texture of the dough, using a round brush just dab dots all over the yellow ochre part of the donut, using a combination of burnt sienna, yellow ochre and burnt umber mixed, burnt umber, yellow ochre and white mixed. Cover the whole area in lots of dots, keeping the bottom of the donut darker, and the parts directly under the icing darker as well.
Using burnt umber and the round brush, draw a curved line approximately half way down the donut, to form the crease. Add some titanium white to the burnt umber and draw a lighter line on the top and bottom of the burnt umber line to indicate highlights.
Painting the icing:
Adding shadows and highlights to the icing makes it look more realisitic, so let's get to it.
Using a 3:1 ratio of Quin red and Titanium White, make a darker pink to begin the shadows along the back edge of the donut. Use the flat brush to curve your stroke up from the donut hole, in a curved motion forming a backwards "C".
Now for the darker highlights, just use Quin red, and a small amount of the Green Light (being opposite on the colour wheel the green will darken the red perfectly).
Shade the donut as shown above, then using the round brush and the same colour paint a line at the bottom edge of the pink icing and the edges of the icing drips.
For the highlights use the quin red and titanium white mixture, adding more white to make it nice and light.
When painting the top of the donut, make sure you do a curved motion to make the top of the donut appear curved. Using the light mixture of the pink and white, add the highlights as shown above. Making sure each stroke is curved in the way you want the donut to look.
Add highlights to the icing drips as well.
Painting the sprinkles:
This is quite easy, just get the colours for the sprinkles....Primary yellow, titanium white, lavender, green light and quin red. Paint a little line where ever you want the sprinkles, in all different directions. To ensure nice coverage of the yellow, paint the lines white first, then wait until it is dry and paint the yellow over the top.
Add darker colours to the bottom of each sprinkle for the shadow, and a touch of white on the top for a highlight. This adds depth to the sprinkles.
The donut should be looking like this, nice and edible.
Painting the fairy:
This is the traceable for the fairy, this image was downloaded off Pixabay and is free to use. Just don't draw in the mushroom as she is sitting on the donut. Trace the fairy into position on the top of the donut. I used pencil so you can see it. It is best to use chalk, watercolour pencil or transfer paper.
Using flesh tint, do a first layer on all of her skin parts, head, chest, arms and legs.
Use the brilliant blue to paint in the fairy clothes.
Mix transparent red oxide and yellow ochre 50/50 mix. Add a touch of Alizarin Crimson and then mix titanium white into this mixture. You should have a darker skin tone to paint in the creases and the shadows. Use this darker mixture to paint in the lines on her chest, under her neck, her collar bone and the outside of her legs and arms. Where all the creases will be.
While the darker colour is still wet, use the flesh tone to blend the darker tone into the lighter tone.
The face on this fairy is very simple. Using the darker flesh tone, paint in the outlines of the mouth, eyes and the sides of the nose. See how hinting at the lines on the face actually makes a face appear. It is a very simple and easy face to paint. Paint in the hair using Primary Blue, following the direction of the hair. High light the inner part of her breast with a lighter flesh tone.
To make the fairy a little naughty, by having bites taken out of the donut is fun and quirky. Using yellow Ochre and the round brush dab along where you want the missing piece.
Add some burnt umber and burnt sienna dabs to this bite too.
Dab mars black around the edge of the bite, and then highlight this with titanium white. Make sure the top half of the donut is darker, to hint at the shadow.
Almost at the end, painting her wings. Using brilliant blue paint along the wings that you have traced on. Do a couple of coats of blue, adding some darker tints to the parts closest to her body.
Then add rich gold to the top parts of the wings, and while the gold is wet, sprinkle gold glitter on the wet paint. Do this for both wings.
Go over any part you think needs extra highlights, like her hair or parts of her face. Add more glitter to the back ground, do whatever takes your fancy. This is your painting, make it yours and enjoy the process of creating.
Until next time.........