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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Art Retrospective – Try not to laugh!!! :)

I recently put together this career retrospective video spanning back 11 years to when I first started painting. You will get to see works of art in colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, pastels, and oil paint. It is a very personal, reflective, and inspirational journey through the years.

I didn’t start out as a beach painter. I drew and painted all kinds of things, from landscapes, animals, and dogs, to portraits, houses, and still-life. I have a wealth of invaluable experience as an artist!

I had the time of my life revisiting all of these old pieces, some I hadn’t even laid eyes on in years! The purpose of this video is to encourage artists to stick with their art, no matter how rocky a start they have.

We all have to start somewhere.

 

 

I hope this exciting video inspires you to keep making art and being creative as well. Art is important and the world needs a lot more of it!

Until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!

 

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“I am MOANA!”

I just finished my latest Disney painting and couldn’t be more thrilled about it! 🙂 It is from one of my favorite animated films, Moana. The palette knife painting depicts a grateful Tafiti with her hand on her heart standing proud over the mountainside, as Moana sails away on her raft.

I crammed it full of color, texture, and detail, but before I show the final image, here are some progress photos for you to enjoy.

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Here is my initial sketch. You can already see the drama and excitement that I wanted to convey here. In the actual movie Tafiti goes to sleep and becomes part of a mountain before Moana gets back on the ocean. Here, I wanted to have her towering in the distance watching Moana sail away! I felt it was much more powerful. After all, she just got her heart restored!

 

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With detailed and elaborate scenes like this, I always like to start by painting the sky around the figures. I added some cool clouds to give the sky more detail.

 

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At this point I wanted to block in the distant mountain (keeping it very light and airy since its far away) and the mountains in the foreground that Tafiti is standing behind. Now I will move up to start working on Tafiti 🙂

 

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After added some trees and waterfalls in the foreground, I started Tafiti with a base mid-tone green. From there I will add all of the intense shadows and light to bring her to life!

 

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And here she is completed! You can see her headband of beautiful flowers as well as her gown of lush green leaves and vines. Notice the intense light coming from the left, which is where the sun is. The entire left side of her body is illuminated.

 

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I skipped a few steps, but here you can see the majority of Moana’s vessel blocked in. Of course I had to add the official Moana logo to the mast. The foreground water will be darker and the background sea water will be lighter, since it is in the sun.

And without further ado, here is the finished painting of Moana and Tafiti!

 

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The waves crashing against the raft, the rope she’s pulling on, and her hair blowing in the wind—make for an action-packed and thrilling image! I am very proud of this one.

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing her progress from start to finish!

Also, here is my new YouTube video that I just posted today of a beautiful tropical moonlit beach. Be sure to check it out and lend some support!

 

 

It’s been so amazing painting Ariel and Moana. It just makes me realize how much more I love Disney animated films with every passing day. I hope all of you have a great weekend. Let’s make the most of what’s left of the summer! It goes very fast here in Michigan.

Until next time,

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Go Big or Go Home!

I recently ran out of stretched canvases and finally got my new shipment in today. It took me a couple of hours to paint all of the sides black to get them prepped for painting.

Needless to say, I am SUPER excited to get started on these bad boys!

I’ve been working on small 11×14″ canvases for a while, which is the size I use for my YouTube videos. But they just aren’t the same! I’ve loved painting on larger surfaces over the past year and I have grown an awful lot as a palette knife artist. I have each canvas labelled with the particular scene I will paint on it.

That large canvas in the corner is reserved for a huge humpback whale breaching in the sunset! It is going to be colorful, massive, and epic! I can’t wait to do that one. I’ll be sure to post step-by-step entries on my blog when I officially start working on it.

 

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Also, be sure to watch my new speed painting on YouTube of a beautiful Monarch butterfly on the beach.

 

So pumped to start working on these larger surfaces!

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What *colors* do I use?!

I often get comments and emails from artists asking what colors I use, since I don’t typically talk about them in my speed painting videos on YouTube. So I decided to shoot a color mixing demo chronicling the staple paints on my palette.

You can watch it below!

 

 

Here are the oil colors that I use for every painting, and also some miscellaneous ones I use sparingly. It also includes the actual brands that I use as well, in the Lukas, Williamsburg, and Old Holland paint lines.

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In the video I also talk about what I love to use each color for in my beach paintings. I’ve learned the colors an artist chooses is a very personal thing and says an awful lot about them. A lot of it is unconscious.

I hope you enjoy the video and I will talk to you guys soon. I’m interested to hear what your favorite colors are. And until next time,

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Underwater Painting FINISHED!

I’m happy to say that I’ve wrapped up the largest oil painting I have done so far. All in all I’m very proud of the way it turned out, as it really helped me stretch and expand as an artist! In the top photo I finished the details in the coral and the two spotted dolphins in the foreground. And in the final photo I added in a plethora of reef fish and bubbles throughout the painting.

This is very close to the original vision that I had in my head before I started. Continue reading to see the initial sketch and the final product!

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And the best part is…I did it all with a palette knife!!! Such a blast! 🙂

 

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Thanks for following me as I have been painting this beautiful coral reef! It was cool to see my process advance as I added in the details. 

I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th!

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Underwater Painting, Part 2!

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So my largest painting to date is going pretty good so far. As you can see here, the water and background are largely done, except for the vast coral reef. You can really see the outlines now for all the sea creatures! I painted around them and will finish them last. 

I seriously underestimated the scope of this project! I already have about 10+ hours in here, and that is the least of it. All of the animals will take many more hours than that to complete. 

But it’s okay, I’m having a blast so far!

Be sure to stay tuned for my next post. The orca, manta ray, and sea turtles should be done by then. I hope whatever project you are working on is going just as well as mine 🙂

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