© 2019 Gregory White

Painting Tutorial - Seahorse

January 12, 2018

This is painting I made for my sister. She was instrumental in my pursuit of becoming an artist and her encouragement over the years has been a treasure. I chose to paint a seahorse because that has been her favourite animal for as long as I can remember.


                                                                             Inner Treasure                                                                          








The colorus that I used to paint this seahorse are:


- Ultramarine Turquoise

- Lemon Yellow

- Cerulean Blue

- Ultramarine Blue

- Payne’s Grey

- Quinacridone Rust












                                 The Palette










As with most of my paintings, I began with a pencil drawing of the subject. I do my drawings on a separate sheet in order to save the paper I paint on from the wear and tear of erasing and re-sketching.













                                                                                                                            Finished Drawing


Once the sketch is complete, I turn the paper over and hold the drawing against a window. Looking through the page, I then rub graphite over all the lines that I can see. Next I cut out the drawing so that I have a better idea of how it will fit on the watercolour sheet. Once I’m happy with its position, I tape it in place. Finally, I transfer the graphite by re-tracing over the lines. The result is a soft outline that fades during the painting process, but provides enough structure so that I know where to paint.  













Now the fun part begins. Here is the initial wash. A layer of Cerulean Blue at the top and mixtures of Ultramarine Turquoise and Payne’s grey on the seafloor.













                                                                                                      Initial Wash









Here I deepened the colours by adding more layers of paint. I used a combination of Q. Rust and Payne’s Grey for the initial wash of the wreckage. A greater ratio of Payne's Grey was used for the wreckage interior. 












                           Deepening Colours





I mixed a tiny amount of U. Turquoise to Lemon Yellow to create the greens for the seagrass. I added a little more U. Turquoise when painting the darker side of the leaves. At this stage I also began adding more details to the ocean floor.


The fish near the wreckage were painting with U. Blue. The ones in the foreground were painted with Lemon Yellow. I added more layers of blue to the water at the top of the page and defined the “eye” (bubble) of the seahorse by creating a shadow around it.








                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seagrass & Fish








I applied a little glue to opening of the wreckage and added a small amount of gold leaf to it. Once the glue had dried, I brushed away the excess gold leaf with my brush.  












                      Adding Gold Leaf








Using more U. Blue, I painted shadows on the background fish. And using a combination of U. Blue and Q. Rush, I painted shadows on the ones in the foreground. With a white gel pen, I added a few scattered bubbles around the painting. I placed the bubbles in areas that were a bit darker, so that they would have greater contrast.



After a couple more passes of adding details and contrast, the painting was complete. 









Please reload

Recent Posts

January 11, 2018

October 31, 2017

October 11, 2017

Please reload

Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload