Moana Painting!-“The Chosen One”

To be truthful for a second, it has been a LONG while since I’ve posted a step-by-step painting tutorial on my blog. Too long. That needs to be remedied, and there will be more to come in the future.

My Disney painting series is reaching its conclusion, as I only have three more left to complete. It’s been such a great journey so far. Recently I painted a brand new Moana painting, called “The Chosen One,” which happens to be a portrait–my first portrait in a long time!

Let me take you step-by-step to show you how she came to life on the canvas!

Here you can see a general sketch of what the scene is going to look like. The painting will depict Moana giving the ocean a “high five” as she is standing in the foreground. Don’t mind all the messy lines in background! I had to tweak a few things around 🙂
I decided to use brushes for her portrait because I wanted her to look as real as possible. If I used knives it would have come out very mottled and sloppy. Note the soft tonal blending. The light will be coming from the top left of the sky in this seascape. I think I really captured her spirit and personality so far!
I finished her hair and completed the rest of her body with small detailed round brushes and a smaller filbert brush. You can see the left side of her body shining in the light. I added some blue above her head to give you an idea of what the sky will look like.
For the sky, I went with my typical mixture of Pthalo blue and white with a little bit of Ultramarine Blue. It is darker on the top with more white for the bottom part. In the next step I will blend them together and add in some wispy clouds, finishing off the sky!
Now that the sky is done, I painted an island off in the distance. Notice how it is lighter and airy to signify how far away it is. For the ocean color, I went with a bright turquoise bluish green, almost like the Caribbean. That way the ocean’s arm in the front won’t blend into the seawater behind it. I wanted LOTS of blue hues in this!
Here you can see the underpainting of the large mountain in the background. Once this step is done, you can then add in all of the colors and light on top of it—which is the fun part. To achieve the sand color, I mixed in a speck of Burnt Sienna, a bit of Cadmium Yellow Light, and a speck of Cadmium Orange into a pile of Titanium White.
To decorate that mountain I went with some bright cliff faces shining in the sun as well as some bright green trees peppered throughout. You can also see the start of the ocean color, which is similar in value and hue to that of the sky. I also added in a palm tree hanging over the beach to give the painting a more tropical feel.
Almost done!!! In this step the ocean’s arm and hand are finished. I added some violet and some darker blue shades, as well as a lighter turquoise hue. For the finishing touches I added in some bright sparkles and streaks of white to make the water look wet, rounded, and translucent.

And lastly, here is the finished Moana painting in all it’s glory. I’m very happy with this piece and so glad I made the decision to go with brushes for her body. Normally I like to paint loose, but with my second favorite Disney Heroine, I had to do her justice! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this special glimpse into my artistic process. This Disney series has been the best work of my career so far. I’m overjoyed I have been able to paint all my favorite Disney characters from my favorite movies.

Be sure to check out my newest painting on YouTube below.

A beautiful painting of a blossoming willow tree overlooking the beach!

Until next time, keep on creating and doing what it is that you love to do! Let’s bring some color into the world…

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Disney Series Status

My Disney paintings have been turning out pretty nice. I decided to get some of the larger ones out of the way while my excitement and energy was still fresh!

I’ve been painting some of my favorite scenes and making them my own, which I always like to do. Here are three I’ve finished so far and some snippets about each one!

For Hercules, I thought it would be cool to paint him flying into the sunset. His parents Zeus and Hara look down on their son from a cloud. The light rays shooting down from the heavens really make this scene what it is. You can even see the sparkle on Herc’s sword. I wanted to keep the colors true to the scene from the film where young Herc is standing on the cliff in the sunset, singing his song.
This painting of Aladdin and Jasmine needed to be MAGICAL! I wanted it to be romantic, soothing and adventurous. The flowers, the bright moon, the ocean far below—I believe all those elements work together to create the perfect mood. I’m glad I could incorporate my seascape theme that is characteristic of my style.
And finally, this large 30×40″ painting needs no introduction. “The Lion King” is my all-time favorite film since I was a young boy and it was an honor and privilege bringing it to life through my art. There is no ocean or beach in this one, the first since I started painting with palette knives, and the rainforest and waterfall create the perfect ambience and backdrop for the characters’ journey.

That’s all I have so far, but I should finish within the next couple of months. I’m so happy I could give you guys a special sneak peak here on my blog. I will be waiting until the whole series is finished before I put them up for sale on my Etsy shop.

And don’t forget to watch my new video on my Youtube channel about handling negative comments from others about your art! It’s an important one.

I hope you have a good night, and until next time,

Let’s bring some color into the world!

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