How to paint easy bubbles and water droplets – Time Lapse Demo by Lachri



and we set the artists behind block refiner I've had quite a few of you requesting a tutorial on how to draw bubbles and water droplets so today that's what we're gonna do this tutorial is being done on a Frederick's value series cut edge canvas panel these are very flimsy they're not the non warping canvas panels that you've seen me paint on before it's a medium texture canvas that's mounted to a card board these are great for practice because they're so very inexpensive you can get them online from Dick Blick com and I will put the link for that down in the video description I'm not sure who else carries it that's just where I've typically seen it in the past this tutorial was done in acrylic paint but if you were doing it in awhile you would do it exactly the same way for those of you who work in graphite and colored pencil the light in the dark areas would be the same but I will be doing a tutorial in those mediums for you guys as well I have an opinion and drawing videos every Wednesday so make sure you subscribe and follow me on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with news and my newest work we're going to start off with some water bubbles I'm using a liner brush with black paint then down with water I paint the black on the upper portion of the bubbles and then use a second clean slightly damp brush to smudge the black down inside of the bubble you do not want to completely cover whatever your background color is to get your bubbles to look translucent make sure that the background shows through in the center area being that I'm working in acrylics the paint dries very quickly when this happens I just add a touch more water to my clean brush that I'm smudging with so that the paint on my canvas blends together better if I were to do this in oil paint I would just be mixing my mixing medium liquid in my case instead of the water for water bubbles you want them to stagger up don't place them in straight lines next I switch to white paint with the liner brush I'm lining the underside of the bubbles and smudging the inside up towards the black again make sure to let your background color show through now add a slightly downturn white line on the tops of the bubbles making this highlight slightly curved helps to make your bubble look more three-dimensional instead of flat then go back through on the underside of the bubbles and highlight the very bottom this is where the light is escaping last IDOT in a few areas of white between my clusters of bubbles when painting water bubbles it looks best to group them together in clusters instead of randomly painting them everywhere on to the floating bubbles against the wall or other backdrop I use these a lot in my surreal work you're going to start off painting them exactly like the water bubbles using a liner brush with black paint and then a clean brush to slightly smudge the black into the bubble without completely covering your background color I peek fast so I usually paint several at a time before blending but when you're starting off it's easier to paint one at a time so that the paint doesn't dry before you get a chance to blend at least when working in an acrylic oils you don't have to race against your dry time when I get too much black blended into my bubble I just add a bit more water to my clean brush to lift some of it back off next line the underside of the bubbles with white and smudge that line up if you're ending up with grey in this stage you let your black dry all the way so it doesn't mix in with your white add the shine marks just like we did on the water bubbles now this step is different from the water bubbles because I want to make it look like the bubbles are up against the wall I want to create a shadow under them I use the black or black paint with a liner brush and underline the bubble pulling the paint down to a point I slightly smudge that with the clean brush I want the shadow to be somewhat translucent this is the reflection of light again I use a liner brush and make just a little tail of sorts coming from the center directly under the highlights and that's it for that type of bubble onto the water droplets these are going to be formed slightly different as a side note these leaves were painted in just a few seconds they look terrible but you get the point for these again start with the black on the liner brush and paint the upper section of the droplet these are not quite as rounded as the bubble they are smudged just like the bubble with a clean brush the white paint on the bottom of the droplet sitting on the leaf are more oval shaped than rounded like the bubbles were but otherwise they are painted the same way as are the shine marks the shadows I underline them with black paint and then use a clean slightly damp brush to smudge the shadow out the direction the shadow falls depends on where your light source and the shine marks are for me they were directly under my water droplets now for my water droplets that are sitting on a flat surface again I start with black paint that is then down with water and line the upper section of the water droplets these are even more flattened out than the smaller ones that I done on my badly painted leaves I paint the smaller droplets more of a rounded shape and the larger ones more of an oval shape these are blended just like the other bubbles and droplets for the white areas these are much flatter than all of the rest because they are sitting on a flat surface you don't want a straight line just slightly curved again make sure that you let your background color show through to make the bubbles look more translucent for my shadows I can underline them with a black liner brush and then smudge the black out with a clean damp brush I've got to pay attention to wherever my light source is on the piece because that will determine where those shadows go or at least which direction the shadows fall I should say my last detail is to add my shine marks with the white paint that completes this tutorial brought to you by lockrey fine art and Frederick's canvases you you

38 Replies to “How to paint easy bubbles and water droplets – Time Lapse Demo by Lachri”

  1. Ok quick question. So would this be considered as under binding your paint in acrylics?? And when it’s under Bound how do you go about varnishing? Do you use a spray? I’m asking because it was suggested and then I got to thinking what about the Isolation coat if you’re needing to use a spray Varnish how would you go about adding that isolation coat or would you even bother with one?? Thank you!!

  2. Спасибо большое👍👍 жалко что непонимаю английский.
    Хочу старый холодильник на даче отреставрировать. Я так поняла, после нанесения краски нужно растушёвывать сухой кистью краску?
    В школьном возрасте 6лет в художественной школе занималась. Но как-то забыла уже навыки..)

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