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Turtle Painting / Underwater Scene

Over the weekend, I finished painting a turtle and some coral over my cool colors only background! Watch & See!

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Peace + Love, Sarah

Or, if you’d like, you can read the video transcript, here.

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What’s up friends and fans, this is Sarah with Courageous Color and I have “part two” of my underwater scene where… at first I was painting cool colors only and now… just like I said, I’m gonna add some coral and a sea turtle over top of it!

And I’m just starting by painting some white lines at a diagonal to make the illusion of sunlight sort of coming into the water and I put it on a little heavy at first but, then wiped a little bit of that off and now I’m using my fan brush to do it the correct way and it’s looking a lot better!

Alright, I took a little small brush and I’m going to lay in some of the coral that’s in the distance.

It’s going to be blue and purple and it’s not going to be very detailed because this is sort of far back and then I’m going to bring a little bit of the other coral forward.

So, it’s not going to be very detailed because this is sort of far back and it’s a little difficult to explain but you’ll see as I sort of lay in the blues and purples that that will be the furthermost back, in the distance, piece of coral.

Now, I’m going to add in some green sort of slimy algae covered coral and so I have a really dark green for the background and then I’m gonna add in some a yellowish whitish and mix that right there on the canvas, so that it gives the effect of that slimy look.

Alright! Next up is the coral on the bottom and I’m using a nice coral color for this but it’s sort of a mixture of like an orange and red and white and I did that on purpose. So what I wanted to do was really drag this wider, flatter brush through those colors and then push that onto the canvas in such a way that the marbling would stick out a little bit because it made that look like coral how it has those different dimensions and those different feels and lines to it.

It also gives the coral some really nice texture and sticks out from the canvas a little bit which I love so, moving on…

I am going to paint the lines of the turtle and maybe even the whole outline… the head and the, sort of, arms and legs if you will. And my goal for this is to make a thick line that will, almost all, be hidden by the time that I am done with this painting.

But, it gives me a good guideline for where the shell goes, where the other colors go, how big I want this turtle to be and things like that.

Alright so the outline looks good… and I’m gonna add a little bit of that same color into the turtle’s shell.

and you’ll see me do that as I move along in this painting and…

You’ll really see the effects of that at the end when I bring it all together.

Now, I want to let this dry because I want to come back when it’s dry and add some dark green over this light green to start adding dimension to this turtle.

(leave time for that to dry, then continue)

So, we’re gonna start with his eye and make some spots on his head.

Now, I’m not just making this turtle up off the top of my head.

I am looking at a few photographs and Google Images while I’m doing it so that I know the right proportions and the right angles and things like that.

So, now that the arms and legs and head have their spots, I’m going to add some of that green color into the shell just like I did for the light green color and each color that I use in the shell is going to show up later and I’m trying to use the same (brush stroke) direction each time I put something in the shell and maybe you can see that and maybe not but I’m going to sort of scratch it out later, but you’ll see as the video goes along.

I want to add some more coral another layer to the bottom here and maybe you can sort of see my technique a little better now…

I’m using one of those flatter brushes from my favorite 16 piece brush set that I’m always using and dragging it through a little bit of a lighter color than the background because, I want these pieces to sort of just stick out a little bit and it’s still marbled with white and like an orange color…

Okay, I’m moving on to more of a veiny coral and I put some yellow…

A little bit of the extra yellow that I had just behind this so it wouldn’t look like a piece of coral and then just like ocean right behind it.

So, it has a little bit of something behind it, but not very detailed.

So, what I want to do is take my liner brush and…

Before hand I had put just a couple pencil lines.

I’m gonna be creative with my paintbrush here, but I put a few guidelines in with my colored pencil.

I’m gonna go over that with my liner brush in some very thick orange paint. This is one of those Golden acrylic tubs that’s pretty heavy.

Okay, pretty good pretty good

And I’m gonna take a little bit of this orange, just like the other colors, and put that on my turtle shell.

There we go. Now, things are looking a little different here.

I’ve moved my studio space and I have more of a close-up of the turtle because the other parts of the painting are finished so, I’m gonna be working with a little bit of brown and I’m gonna go over pretty much the whole turtle shell and then, when I’m done with that, I’m going to scrape part of it out… so you can see these other colors sort of show through!

So, I know it looks messy now, but that’s somewhat intentional and for right now those little parts of the shell are done, and I’m going to outline the shell in a darker brown because at the side of the turtle shell it kind of like flattens off a little bit… before it goes into that big hump.

I’m scratching a little bit of it away with my palette knife. And so…

I’ve turned it sideways just so I can handle that and it’ll be a little easier to sort of scratch in that direction.

And then I’m just gonna scratch these little lines into that flat edge of the turtle shell.

The last thing I want to do is go over the grooves, or lines, whatever you want to call them in the turtle shell with this darker greenish/yellow, sort of, blended color and I’m using my liner brush so that it doesn’t come off too heavy.

So, occasionally you’ll see me use my finger to sort of erase a little bit of paint or (use) my kind of nasty little painting rag to go over things just to make sure that the excess paint or the excess little scrapings come off and…

So, that’s the only reason for that. So now that the outline is almost done…

that’s the second to last thing I’ll do and the very last thing I’ll do is take a little bit of brown and add some shading into the fins and the feet and the head so that it looks a little more 3-dimensional and it’s not just flat with the yellow-green and then the green spots.

So there you go. That’s how to paint a turtle into your underwater scene with a little bit of coral and…

If you want to get creative, go ahead! Or if you want to copy exactly what I did, then that’s totally fine, too!

I hope you liked this video…

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