How to paint waves (easy) – Step by step – Beginner Painting Tutorial│♥Alexandra ♥

How to paint waves (easy) – Step by step – Beginner Painting Tutorial│♥Alexandra ♥

Hey guys, I hope you are all having an amazingday today, and in this video I will show you one of the simplest ways to paint waves.

BeforeI get into the video, I wanted to tell you that even though I will be using oil paintsfor this tutorial.

In this particular instance the only difference between oil paint andacrylic paint is the drying time, which I fixed by adding some fast drying medium, sofeel free to paint this with whatever medium you feel comfortable with.

I started off byadding some masking tape to create a rectangular frame to contain my painting.

Then I startedpriming my page using gesso, so that the paint has something to bind to and it doesn't seepthrough the page.

The colours I will be using are the following:Titanium White, Lemon Yellow,French Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue,Cobalt Blue Hue, Prussian Green,and Ivory Black.

I am starting with background first and Itook some fast drying medium and I mixed it with phthalo blue and titanium white to increasethe opacity.

Then I added a bit of cobalt blue and what I am trying to do is createa quantity of the colour so that I don't run out of paint halfway through.

After I endedup with a dark blue colour I started painting in horizontal motions from the bottom of thepage going upwards.

Then I mixed titanium white into the paintto achieve a gradient effect so as we move upwards into the page it will get lighterand lighter.

Now I am adding more titanium white into the paint mixture.

The lightinghere is very reflective but it will get better in a few seconds.

At this point I added atiny bit of Prussian green to create a turquoise tone for the mixture and I continue paintingwith it in horizontal motions to blend everything out evenly.

Then I picked up some phthaloblue to add at the bottom of the page in order to create more contrast and I started blendingeverything as smoothly as I can.

Now that my background is completely dry Iwill start mixing some lighter shades of blue to start painting the waves.

The colours Iwill be mixing are: Prussian green, phthalo blue, cobalt blue and titanium white.

I wantedto come up with a baby blue colour for the waves.

Before I begin with the painting I wanted to show you this quick demonstration of paintingthe waves, before I start doing that on my sketchbook.

So, I picked up a flat headedbrush and I started creating little x's that are smaller on top and wider at the bottomeach one is a continuity of the previous one and the next one.

So that way I kind of letmy hand free to create a pattern of little x's and as I go upwards they get smaller becauseof our perspective.

Here I am showing you how NOT to do it and then how to do it.

Thesecond one which is the correct one has those curvy little lines that look more freehandas well.

Then I went in to continue with those little waves that get smaller as we move upwards.

I did that for a little while to get my hand used to that movement and warm up for theactual painting.

I am using the flat headed brush that I was using earlier and I pickedup some of the light blue colour I created to start painting the waves.

As I move downI try to blend the waves with the background and I do it in layers to show the little wavesthat are forming as well, and then I move to the other side of my wave to do the same.

I kind of do the same thing over and over again creating those x triangle shapes andthen painting small lines behind them.

I am adding some highlights on the left hand sideas well.

I added some titanium white into the paintmixture to paint the smaller waves as I move upwards like I did with the gradient in thebackground.

Now that I move upwards towards the horizonthe waves become smaller and wider.

I took some the lighter colour and I go overthe waves I painted at the bottom and I gradually blend it in into the water.

After I have finished with the light colours on the surface of the water, I wanted to mixphthalo blue with some ultramarine blue to paint under the highlights in order to createmore contrast and give my painting more dimension.

Water is liquid and it makes it more difficultto identify the light source and the cast shadows because it's also reflective.

So sometimesyou don't have to see it as water but as an abstract painting with colours in order tounderstand it.

Also because water is not solid is more abstractly looking it's easier topaint because it doesn't have as many shading rules as solid objects, so you can have morefun with it because it's easier to portray it.

Then I mixed a little bit of titaniumwhite into the dark blue paint to paint under the lighter parts of the waves.

After thatI started blending the darker colours out.

I mixed some titanium white with a tiny bitof lemon yellow and blue to paint on top of the light part of the wave.

Now, I took the same colour and I try to blend it in with the other ones.

Then I started using titanium white to add the sparkles on the water by tapping the tipof the brush on my painting.

And finally I am adding the finishing toucheswhich are those little dots of titanium white.

So this is the finished painting, I hope youguys enjoyed this video and found it helpful.

In the description I have links to all theproducts I am using in this video and also all my social media links if you would liketo check them out.

I have new prints available on my website from my current illustrationprojects.

Thank you guys so much for watching and I will see you in my next video.

Bye x.

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