How to Paint a Fox in Acrylics Tutorial – Video
After I made the video tutorial about how to paint a seascape I wished to paint an animal, a fox more precise, and I decided I should document using a video. As a matter in fact, I decided to document every painting I do with a video. You can watch my painting process and my own techniques. Use them to improve your skills or just amuse yourself. On the first video tutorial I didn’t work with a video processing software, and I had to upload each video from the camera individually on Youtube. This time I made a series of videos and glued them together using Movie Maker, a free software. I am pretty happy with how it works, although my laptop is very slow when it comes to processes.
The not so nice thing, is that I started the video somewhere like 10 minutes after I began the painting. I didn’t set the camera right from the beginning so I missed that part in the video. Sorry about that.
I used a reference photo of a fox. Its eyes impressed me and inspired me to paint it. Somehow the season of the painting is somewhere between summer, autumn or spring.
Steps of how to paint a fox in acrylics tutorial
- I made the sketch in crayon after the real image, it was not one on one the resemblance, but this makes a painting unique and personal
- In the beginning I made the background using a blend of dark blue, turquoise, green, brown and black. In the areas that I wanted more light I used yellow and light brown.
- I used flat colors to apply the first coat of paint on the fox’s fur.
- I paid more attention to the eyes of the fox in acrylics, because that is what I want to be the focus of the painting.
- Applying shadows in blue and green in the darker areas, makes them seem cooler and darker. In the lit areas I apply yellow and other warm colors.
- Using a thin brush I applied black paint to contour the fox. I did this to put the accent in the center of the painting.
- Next step was to apply the grass and branches using a fan brush. I discovered how easy is to use this brushes to paint foliage. I admit I underestimated this brush, believing it’s useless.
- The last step is to apply paint on the sides and to apply a coat of varnish after the paint will dry. I didn’t filmed this last step in the current video.
What I learned from this process is that I must be extra-careful how I position the camera, because in the scenes where I work on the details of the fox, my hair comes between the camera and the canvas.
I promise I will make better videos in the future, where I won’t obstruction the view. 🙂
Here is the video tutorial. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for passing by.