How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

Introduction

How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March, 17. On this day people traditionally wear some clothes of green color, fancy dresses of gnomes or other fairy characters. The green color is an obligatory detail of any dress. The one who has no green cloth on will be punished – pinched. The symbol of this holiday is trefoil (three-leaved clover). They make even holiday bouquets of such trefoils. Originally the holiday of March, 17 had more religious character. Thus, on this day the church relieved people from the meal restrictions of the fast. People were enjoying an opportunity to have some break in keeping the fast and eat the meal they were not allowed before. On March 16 families used to gather for dinner around the festive table set with the special dishes among which there obligatory were corned beef and cabbage. Children wore hand-made crosses that were prepared by them beforehand. It is believed that St. Patrick told people about the Blessed Trinity with a help of trefoils of clover. He told: “As three leaves of clover can grow from one stalk the same way God can be a single whole of three figures”. Specially for this holiday they brew much ale of green color. Along with the trefoil another symbol of St. Patrick’s Day is a leprechaun. The leprechaun is a dumpy magic person who can make the dreams come true. So on this day such a character is often seen on the streets of a festive town. As you already guessed, this article is fully dedicated to the St. Patrick’s Day. I offer you two images of an easy implementation. You can paint them together with kids or for your own pleasure. You do not need to have some special art skills because I did my best to make the process simple for you. Everyone will have a successful result!

You´ll need

  • Whatman paper
  • Palette
  • Brushes of different sizes
  • Gouache or water colors
  • Ordinary pencil
  • Eraser

Steps

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Let’s start drawing the first image of a character wearing festive green dress. We begin with drawing an assisting sketch that will help us to mark the position of our image on the poster in a right way. Since out little man is a bit stout we sketch his body as a circle with a smaller circle on the top – our future head. A small circle between them will be a neck.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Now we set the position of legs and arms and show it on the paper. We mark the joints (body parts where extremities bend) as small circles outlining their approximate location.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Start building up the body around the circles. As you see, our little man already wears a hat and a vest. Joining the joint-circles with lines we get arms. As for hands with fingers, first draw them as if mittens, later we will divide mittens into fingers.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Join the joint-circles of legs – draw the legs in trousers.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Draw fingers out of mittens; give the leprechaun trefoils in his hands. Now add the details of his dress and do not forget about the beard. We will draw the beard right after marking the eye lines. It is very helpful to draw a face scheme first: to mark the location of eyes we draw two horizontal parallel lines at the distance equal to the eye width.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    As you see we have already drawn eyes and eyebrows, and our sketch is almost done. Don’t you find though we have forgotten something? Exactly, we need to erase all lines and circles that assisted us but now are absolutely unnecessary.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Erase these extra lines to get rid of the mass they would create under the colors.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    At first we paint the background. I chose a yellow color to be my background because I wanted my poster to be bright. The floor, the little man stands on, is yellow, too. Wait patiently until your painting is absolutely dry otherwise the wet colors can mix together.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Well, now I have to clear up what this spot on the paper means: this spot shows the similar color we are going to use for painting all the open body parts of our little man. Take the red color and water it until it is very faded – when you found the necessary shade, try it first on some spare sheet of paper to be sure your color is suitable. Now paint the face and hands.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Again we wait until the painting is dry. Now you take the light green color and paint his hat, vest and trousers. Let it all dry well.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Paint the shoes in brown. For the shirt we need a pale blue color, so take the blue color and water it on the palette, now paint the shirt.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Our basic painting process is finished, now you need your painting to get dry. When it is dry, continue with the thinnest brush you have. With a help of this brush outline the image. The contour is done with the same color the element is painted with. The only exception is face and hands, for their contour we use brown color. When you will do the contour on the fingers, do not forget about nails. There is no need to apply much effort to outlining them, just show that they exist.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    With the brown color we slightly shade the floor the festively-looking man stands on. Do not take thick and dark color. You need just show that the color of the floor slightly darker than the yellow background. Complete the work with contours, outline the eyes and leave the same white blinks inside the eyes. They will add a vivid look to the eyes of your little man. Now the poster is done! When it is fully dry you can fix it on the wall.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    The second poster will be different – the one for pet lovers. We are going to draw a dog in a green suit holding the trefoil. We start with the circles and ovals that proved to be so helpful in our first experience. A head has the shape of an egg, neck looks as a circle, and the whole body consists of two circles: round-shaped one for torso over the front legs and oblong one for the rest of the body.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Now we build up the body shape joining the assisting circles – start with the head. “An egg” is just a sketch of the future head, now we draw it out. Let’s draw an ear, eye, nose, and on the top of the head we put a hat. The same way we used small circles for joints we do it now marking the joints of dog’s feet.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    This is the result we got on the paper. Do not forget to draw a suit.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Erase all unnecessary lines with eraser, we do not need them anymore because the next steps is painting.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    At first we paint the sky in blue. Make the faded blue color using the water and the palette. Wait until the painting is dry and start the next step of your work over the poster.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Take the light green color and paint the dog’s suit. The trefoil is painted with the same light green color. Use the brown color to paint the ground where your dog stands on.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    When your painting is dry, start the final step of your work – contouring the image. The contours will add brightness to your picture. Take the thinnest brush and start with the blue color, it is my recommendation but it is up to you to decide whether you start with the blue or green color, I just noticed that blue color is less visible when you change the color to green one in case the brush is not cleaned thoroughly. Using the blue color make the contour of the dog’s face, feet and tail. Anyway you should remember to clean the brush thoroughly after each color, first in water, and then with a help of cloth.

  • How to paint a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

    Complete the work with contours and your poster is done. I hope you enjoyed the time and now you can be proud of the successful result!

Warnings

  • Drawing a little man in the green dress is not an instruction how to draw a human figure in general, the same concerns the dog.
  • Be patient when you wait until the painting is fully dry, take your time and you will not spoil the result with mixed colors.
  • Clean the brushes thoroughly after each color, first in water, and then wipe them with a piece of cloth.
  • If you do this art work with your kids, be ready to entertain them with some other activity while waiting until the poster is dry. Do not criticize the kids for their impatience, quite the opposite use every single chance to praise them even if the step they did was very simple. Your praises will stimulate them for better results and bigger desire to create arts.

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  1. Juli 02 June 2014 :

    This instruction is helpful not only for kids who are eager to paint something but also for grownups like me who can`t draw at all!

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