For some, art is a soothing, relaxing pastime. For others, it moves far beyond a simple hobby, and becomes a fulfilling – and sometimes lucrative – career. One thing is for certain; while a palette full of paint may look simple and unassuming, it has the power to transform a blank page into a masterpiece with the stroke of a brush.
Paint as we know it has a long and rich history dating back over 30,000 years, when early humans depicted their lives, adventures and stories on dark cave walls; images which remain to this day, reaching out to give us an insight into a very different world. For centuries, paint has been a tool of communication, with the brush providing the power to weave the substance into the narrative the artist needs to tell.
It seems logical then, that this combination is part of every artist’s repertoire – read on to learn how to bring these basics to life.
Drawing Tutorial Video
We will begin with a smooth, diagonal line, angles to around 45 degrees, on the right hand half of the page – this should start at around an inch (1.3 cm) from the top, and an inch and a half (3.8 cm) from the right hand side.
Move to the top end of the shape, and add a curve, which travels around and back down to form a line parallel to the top one.
Join the bottom of the two lines with a curved line, leaving you with a “cone” shape.
Extend the longer lines past the bottom, bringing them in slightly at the ends.
Join the bottom of these two new lines with a slight curve, and then add some detail with a few lines at the bottom, close to the line you just drew, and further up, just below the bottom of the “cone.” These should be slightly curved, following the curve of the shape.
Now for the brush part of your paintbrush! Draw an upside-down teardrop shape at the bottom of the picture, and add vertical hatching to create detail and depth.
Next, shade in the brush with a rich brown color…
And add a line of the same shade to the right hand side of your handle.
Then, fill in the rest of your handle with a bright yellow color…
Before outlining the left hand side of your brush ever so slightly with the brown, adding depth and texture. You can blend the edges together slightly for a smooth finish.
Now add a soft silvery sheen to the grip to complete your paintbrush.
Now onto the palette! Draw a curved shape around the edges of your paintbrush, making sure to include a “dipped in” section at the bottom – just try to copy a standard palette shape. For now, don’t let the lines of your palette cross the paintbrush – just skip over, and continue the lines on the other side.
Add curved lines moving horizontally across the palette, using a light brown color.
Now, add a darker outline to the right hand side and bottom of the palette, just as you did with the paintbrush earlier.
Time to start adding a little paint to the palette – every artists most important tool! Begin with a deep, rich purple in the bottom left of the palette – remember, this is paint, so it does not have to be a perfect circle or shape – just be creative.
Try mixing it up with a bright, vibrant shade of royal blue paint just above the purple…
Before adding a little diversity and trying a light, sky blue “splodge” at the top of the palette.
Now for some leafy greens – place a dab just to the right of the paintbrush, at the top of your palette – perfect for all those trees, nature scenes and earthy shades which are just waiting to spring to life once you load up the brush! Try and make this green spot a slight crescent shape, leaving a little gap at the top.
Painting is all about creativity and mixing colors – add a little dab of yellow to the top of your green circle, and feel free to go ahead and blend the shades so that the edges are slightly blurred – just as if you had been mixing the two shades together.
Follow this with a streak of yellow just below the green, adding bright sunshine to your palette.
And follow this with a “splodge” of orange just below – you are almost ready to paint a rainbow.
Next up is a bright, pillar-box scarlet shade – important for adding drama and excitement to any painting you conjure up.
Finally, fill in the palette with a light orange color. And just like that, you are the proud owner pf the perfect paintbrush and palette drawing!
So now you have the essential tools of the trade, just where will your creativity take you? Will you create an entire artist’s atelier, or emulate your favorite artist hard at work? With these basic essentials at hand, the world if your oyster – the worlds and creations you craft are up to you, and a wealth of potential is just within reach…