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 πŸ™‚
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! πŸ™‚

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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Author: ryankimba

I am a beach artist specializing in palette knife paintings. My works are colorful, vibrant, and richly textured! I am also big into personal development.

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