10 EASY steps for painting REALISTIC WATER DROP Acrylic BEGINNERS big art quest


Hi. I’m Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa and
in 10 easy steps I’m going to show you how to paint this water drop in acrylic
paint. Go ahead and click the description below
for the materials list but also here it comes. Get your paint. Get your brushes.
Come back and meet me at this easel right now. Don’t forget to subscribe Hey guys. I just want to let you know
that Golden Glazing Liquid Gloss is both a glaze and also slows the drying time
down of the paint. So it’s a blender. So anytime I use any of those words: medium,
blender, glazing… any of that, I’m really just talking about the Golden Glazing
Liquid. Step 1: I’m going to take my number ten bright and make a soft gray. A slightly darker value than my reference photo for the outline of my drop. I’m pulling the paint out from the outer edges. You can see how far up the
bristles I am. I’m pulling out my blending medium, and I’m going to rough in the shape just on the outside of my water drop. Hey guys I want you to take a minute and
look at this reference photo for the water-drop. Notice how the outer ring
around it is just slightly darker than what it’s sitting on. This is going to be
true whenever you paint a water drop on anything, and that’s because of the shape
of the water-drop. Also remember that this is water. It’s see-through so you
can see what’s underneath it and you’ve got to make sure that that’s true in
your painting too. Now I’m going to blend that in about a half inch. It’s going to
be a very, very soft blend. When you’re trying to get a great blend on your
painting one of the things that will really help you to succeed is make sure
that you’re pressing the brushing very lightly to the canvas, dusting it along.
That will really help you. I’m using my bristles on my brush to soften and blend
out this edge, pulling lots of blending medium, so that I have a nice amount over control over my edge here. This should just be a little darker than
the surface around it. Step two: Take a little bit of your white paint and look at your reference photo. Add the highlight up here on the surface and also down here on the water droplet. We’re going to refine these later but it helps us to know where exactly they are for the shading of our water droplet. Step 3: I’m going to add the shadow coming off the drop. I’m mixing a fairly dark grey.
I don’t want this to be pure black. A quick thought on the shadow. I
want you to look at the reference photo real quick if you’re trying to decide
where the shadow begins around the edges of your drop and where it ends. It’s about the halfway point of this
drop and I use my reference photo to determine that. But if you were just
adding drops to something, you could do these shadows about the halfway point. If
the shadow is going to be very long the shadow might be a little bit below the
halfway point when it begins. I’m following the edge of my bubble, my
water droplet, carefully. I’m coming to the edge here and pulling out a little ellipse of the shadow. I’m going to wipe my brush off, get my blending or glazing medium loaded on my brush and soften the shadow edge. I don’t want it to be hard. I want it to be a soft, blended edge. My brush strokes are very gentle. The pressure I’m using, pressing into the canvas, is quite soft. Just feathering and blending my shadow so that it does not make a hard edge. If you need to load more of your glazing
medium onto your brush, and then wipe it off to be able to continue to do this
soft blend. Step 3: I’m going to add the shadow. Oh I have? Ok, thank you. (laughs) Step 4: I’ll now add the shadow to the back of our water droplet. It’s important that you remember
that the surface underneath the water droplet will be showing through. This gray needs to be darker than your first value you put around your drop, but not as dark as your darkest shadow. This shadow will come from where this shadow ends here and curve to meet up with this other shadow. It will be very important to blend. I’m softening the edge using my glazing medium. Just soften that up. If you need to wipe off your brush to remove the excess pigment, so you can keep blending by
using soft feathering brushstrokes. Step 5: I’m going to darken and define that
shadow on the backside of my water droplet more. I’ll make an even slightly
darker gray and up here at the top blending in this darker value Step 6: I will add the shadow the
opposite side of the drop. This shadow will be nearly the value of
the one we currently have beneath it. We will be darkening that later. Step 7: Adding the highlight to the
bottom of the drop. Wiping my brush off, still using a number eight bright, I’m gonna pull out more white paint, adding glazing medium to it. I will carefully lighten this side of the drop. My brush strokes have a round directionality, to
help imply the shape of my object. This also helps me soften the edges between
these two values. I’m making sure that my shadows line up nicely. Step 8: I’m going to define the shadow
underneath the rain drop even further. I’ll be pulling out, in this particular case, pure black. I’m softly blending these two edges
together. This is done by using very light
pressure and allowing the pigment to dust off my brush. This is where having a
good brush can come in very handy. That’s not necessary Going to extend the shadow just a little
bit up the drop in a very thin, fine line. Step 9: I’m going to soften and refine
the values that I’ve laid into my water droplet to make sure that I don’t have
hard and noticeable edges where I don’t want them inside the drop. I’m toning my white with a little bit of
black, but still making it quite a bright value. Coming here, and refining my highlight. If you have too much
pigment on your brush, feel like you can wipe it off. Now I’m going to mix a slightly darker gray value and refine this side, Soft brush strokes are necessary. Step 10: I’m going to create a subtle, but
important, slightly lighter valuation in the shadow right here. And now blending this very softly into our water droplet. Step 10 (brakes screeching) Hmm, let’s just call this a “Bonus Step” and be
really grateful we’re a painting, not counting show. I’m going to take my
number four bright and create the highlights on my water droplet. First I’m going to play close attention to this very important highlight I laid in early on. Then I’m going to find this highlight’s sister down in the drop and define it more, but make it softer, more diffused. Finally I will add outside highlight on
the edge of my brush. Fine line. Always feel like you can switch brushes if a
particular brush doesn’t give you the control you need to get your result. I’m going to add a couple subtle highlights. Trying to keep my paint to the edge load of my brush. This gives me more control. And the last, but somewhat helpful
highlight, I’ll be putting in is right here. I will tone this so it’s not a
bright white but lighter than the background I’m painting on. I have glaze so
I have control over how much I’m seeing. Blending that out. And a little bit there. Alright. Hey! Thank you for
spending this time with me today. I had a lot of fun sharing this with you, but
wait! I have more water droplets to share because sometimes these things are crazy
shapes and sometimes they run. So I’m definitely gonna show you how to do
those too where you can add that to all of your artwork. Even your math homework!
Wherever you want to put water droplets is fine with me. If you think this is
cool be sure to hit that subscribe button also share it with your friends,
and I hope to see you at our next water droplet class or one of our really cool
live events, sometimes. Because sometimes we hangout live and you can ask me crazy
questions. They don’t even have to be art-related. You guys take care of
yourselves. Be good to yourselves. Know that you’re valuable, and I can’t wait to
see what the easel again really soon. Bu-bye! (music) (music with singing) (music)

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