How to paint an angel with water-colors

Introduction

How to pain an angel with water-colors

At all times angel is considered to be an eternal, pure, innocent creature. Since very old times people believe in the existence of angels. The angels are traditionally depicted as cute babies or beardless young men. A popular angel that many people talk about is Cupid. They tell stories about Cupid and his arrows that might have power to join human’s hearts; that is why we cannot separate the notion of angels from a big holiday of lovers St. Valentine’s Day. Maybe someone has coming name day or the day of all lovers is coming soon, both these holidays are associated with angels. We always want to make a pleasant surprise for our close people and friends; these holidays often demand an artistic approach for brighter and more festive perception. This article is particularly meant for those people who wish to decorate the holiday with their own hands. Evidently it may not be a poster, you may paint a personal greeting card, and it is extremely pleasant and nice. In this article I will try to describe you in details how to sketch and paint angels, you will only need to follow my instruction carefully looking at the drawings and to copy me.

You´ll need

  • Whatman paper (thick paper)
  • Gouache (or water-colors)
  • Brush set with various sizes
  • Piece of cloth
  • Palette
  • Jar for water
  • Eraser
  • Water
  • Ordinary pencil
  • Colors used in both paintings: pale blue, pink, blue, scarlet, brown, black

Steps

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Let us start with face, draw a location of eyes and nose, but do it easily without much pressure on the pencil, later it will be easy to erase this scheme without any problem and harm to the paper.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Look at this drawing attentively and copy the same eyes, mouth and nose. The eyes, mouth and nose are the traits that determine how the whole face will look like.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    When you have drawn a nose, eyes and marked the line of mouth, mark the location of ears, too. Shape the face and the whole head after you are sure that the traits mentioned above are drawn in the way you wish.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Now we draw the position of arms of our baby-angel; the whole body in this case we can sketch in a shape of boot, so I decided to do this.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Now out of “boot” we shape the legs crossed under his body. Let’s start drawing wings, at first we outline them, pay attention to the left one, this is how you should begin drawing the wing, the right wing is already completed.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    After the work with wings is finished, draw the arm in details.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    At this step let’s completely erase all the unnecessary, assisting lines of the pencil.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    It is time to deal with colors. Well, now you have two options how, particularly in what color, to shade the body. You can simply take the red color and to water it on the palette until it is very pale, then to paint with it; the second option is to take red and brown colors, mix them on the palette together, and then on a corner of the palette to water this mixture until it is very faded. Particularly in this work I chose the latter option that I described. In the professional colors this color has the title of ferrioxide pale red. Well, after we finished painting the body and the paper got dry, take the pale blue color, water it a bit on the palette and repeat the shade on the wings as I did. Now wait until it is dry.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Sketch the location of the nimbus over the angel’s head, not to forget about it later. Of course, it is not necessary, just be sure not to forget about nimbus later. Now, what concerns painting: I let you know that it is not necessary, especially for those who are not sure in their artistic skills, it would be enough for such people to take the pink color, water it on the palette and paint the blush on the cheeks. The rest of people who are sure in their talent I advice to paint shades on the body to show what part of body is closer and what is farther. Look at the painting attentively, make the red color darker than you used previously (but don’t make it too dark!) and paint thoroughly the necessary parts. Wait again until the painting is dry.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Take the pale blue color and a thin brush, trace the feathers: start painting as on the left wing. Using the same thin brush, take the brown color and paint the hair curls. Choose the eye color, and outline the eyes with the brown color as a contour.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    We finish the work over the nimbus and wings, wait until painting is dry. Now take the brown color and outline the angel’s body, it will make your card or poster bright.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Paint the eyes in details, add the eyelashes. Let’s make a fine background of clouds, taking the pale blue color. When the painting is dry, it is considered to be completed.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Let’s paint one more angel, more adult than our first baby. Draw a shape of egg and a tail down from the egg, this tail will become the angel’s back and leg, we slightly outline the second leg and mark its location.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    We sketch the facial “scheme”, mark with the lines out future eyes and nose.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Draw the face in details, shape the body. Now we deal with joints, elbows and knees in particular, let’s draw them in the shape of circles, later we will finish legs and arms completing this sketch. Of course, you can miss drawing the circles, but they are very helpful for me personally when I draw the position of legs and arms, guiding me in the right direction.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Now we draw feet, hands and a bow, add hair, and also outline the wings. Complete shaping the body paying attention to the waist.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    We finish with the drawing of wings, now look at the sketch in general, this is how it looks like with all the extra lines that assisted us in drawing.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Please, arm yourself with eraser and erase all the assisting lines unnecessary for the next painting step.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    On the palette we water the pale blue color until it is faded and paint the sky, don’t forget about clouds, now you shouldn’t paint them, also don’t cross the body line with the blue color. Now wait until the work is dry, it is time to water the red color until it is pale to shade the body. On this painting I decided to paint the body with this method, as you can see it is also a good option.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    After the painting is dry, on the palette water the brown color until it is very faded and simply cover the hair mass with this color, don’t forget, that the work over the hair has just started, later we will outline the curls. Take the pale blue color with the thin brush and start outlining the wings thoroughly.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Now we wait until the paper is dry again and paint the curls with the thin brush, after we paint the bow.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Choose the eye color and complete the work over the bow and arrow. Also paint the lips of angel with the pink color.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Look at the wings very attentively. What, do you think, changed? Let’s outline each feather in details, shade feathers, and the wings will look much more exquisite.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Take the thin brush with the brown color; let’s start outlining the angel’s body to make him look like in the cartoons.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Take the thin brush with the brown color; let’s start outlining the angel’s body to make him look like in the cartoons.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Now we shall pay attention to the eyes and complete the work over them, add eyelashes. Also water the pink color on the palette, and make the blush on the angel’s cure cheeks.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Please, pay attention to the wings, what changes do you notice? Right, they got more expressive and brighter! If you want to make the same step, take the blue color on the thin brush and contour them. So why did we outlined the wings with the pale blue color and now we did the same with the blue color? Everything is very simple, look closely at the painting, can’t you see the pale blue color? The pale line is still visible, but the brighter blue line makes a special texture of two colors. So let’s show the same way that our clouds are fluffy. And now (who is sure not to spoil the painting) make the shades on certain parts of the body and show that the arm or a leg is closer that the other one.

  • How to pain an angel with water-colors

    Compare this painting and a previous one, pay attention to the hairstyle, look how the face can change, if you like this variant more, arm yourself with the thin brush of brown color again and outline the curls in the angel’s head slightly hiding the forehead, make the hairstyle thicker. Using the white color paint the nimbus over the head. When the painting is dry it is considered to be completed.

Warnings

  • In both works you must pay attention to the accuracy and neatness, also don’t forget to use the piece of cloth, clean the brushes thoroughly between the colors. I often noticed how paintings were a bit spoilt by unintentional mixture of colors, so if you don’t notice and prevent it in time you can repeat such a mistake.

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Comments

  1. Dora 01 June 2014 :

    I really loved this paintings. Is it possible for anyone to draw such picture or some special skills in painting are required?

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