08/11/14 By Olivia Bartz
Here's a glimpse into a lesson on painting elephants in acrylic from The Art of Painting in Acrylic!
Creating Texture: thick, rough elephant skin is the perfect model for learning how to paint wrinkly texture. Learning to perfect this technique may take a little time, so practice on another canvas until you feel comfortable with the process—and don't give up if your first few attempts are unsatisfactory.
ARTIST'S TIP: Paint blades of grass from the base to the tip, easing the pressure on the brush as you go. This leads to a nice, natural point on each blade. It may help to turn your canvas or paper. I usually paint grass with the canvas upside down.
What would you like to paint in acrylic?
Olivia is the Marketing Intern for Quarto Publishing Group USA and is excited to graduate from UC Irvine this June with a B.A. in English. She is happiest when reading a good book or writing about her adventures abroad, and continues to be inspired by all things outdoors. Olivia loves to try out new art mediums and techniques but has yet to be disappointed by a pencil and sketchpad.
Take your sketch pad and commune with nature. You have a new thrill coming.
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