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How To Create Your Own Pop Art

Updated on March 28, 2013

Create a Personal Gift With Pop Art

Some of the earliest memories of my father is watching him working on something, from fabricating a gondola swing, sculpting a weird clay monster statue with coloured stones stuck on it (it was the seventies) and painting boomerangs in Adelaide Australia, to pastel painting pet portraiture in Nottingham England. So it was only a matter of time before I picked up a paint brush.

Over the years I have been interested in a varied and broad range of art from Chiaroscuro to Relief Sculpture.

Last year I was asked to create a pop art canvas, until then I hadn't thought much about Pop art, mostly because I had not seen it hung somewhere.

I'm not going to write about the history of Pop Art or pieces I like, it's too expansive.

I want to share how I create Pop art and how you can with a paint brush as opposed to a computer and printer.

The key is creating a good template

I start with a photograph of the person and sketch it onto a large thick sheet of paper.

if you are working on large canvases then paper can be taped together to make a larger template.

if you're not confident in capturing a likeness with your sketching skills then the grid system works well to scale up the drawing.

Drawing from a grid - Mark the photo in removable marker or photocopy the original.

Number the grid drawing the same amount of lines on your template. Use larger wider measurements for the grid on your paper or card template, the more squares the tighter, more accurate the detail.

I Can't Draw - You Can Now!

Draw from photos in a few minutes picking out the elements you want, any part of the photo can be enlarged. This is a great way to learn how to sketch as you can draw a subject several times until you get the confidence to sketch from real life.

This is the best way to work on large canvases and great for creating Pop Art.

Pop Art Stages

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This was a gift for a friend, she had decorated her home and the colours she had used were incorporated into the painting of her son.First I painted the background colours.Background.This is the template I drew and cut out. I measured each canvas and positioned the template and with a light pencil drew all the features.Template.I measured and marked on each canvas were the shoulders should go and free hand drew them in so they are the same.Now I painted the shirts using the background colours, the hair the same and for the skin changed the tones.Finished using acrylic paint and when it was dry I coated it with varnish.
This was a gift for a friend, she had decorated her home and the colours she had used were incorporated into the painting of her son.
This was a gift for a friend, she had decorated her home and the colours she had used were incorporated into the painting of her son.
First I painted the background colours.
First I painted the background colours.
Background.
Background.
This is the template I drew and cut out. I measured each canvas and positioned the template and with a light pencil drew all the features.
This is the template I drew and cut out. I measured each canvas and positioned the template and with a light pencil drew all the features.
Template.
Template.
I measured and marked on each canvas were the shoulders should go and free hand drew them in so they are the same.
I measured and marked on each canvas were the shoulders should go and free hand drew them in so they are the same.
Now I painted the shirts using the background colours, the hair the same and for the skin changed the tones.
Now I painted the shirts using the background colours, the hair the same and for the skin changed the tones.
Finished using acrylic paint and when it was dry I coated it with varnish.
Finished using acrylic paint and when it was dry I coated it with varnish.

Pop Art Books For Inspiration

Pop Art books for inspiration

From Photo to Pop Art

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This was done on two canvases so she could have the option of arranging them in a square or horizontal. I used four colours for the backgrounds and used those colours for her skin and scarf and four different colours for her hair the colours were chThis is a work in progress when she stops changing her hair colour (Teenagers?)Teenagers prefer to have themselves represented in different poses like they are on their social network sites.This is the photo taken a couple of years ago that I used for the picture Pop art piece.
This was done on two canvases so she could have the option of arranging them in a square or horizontal. I used four colours for the backgrounds and used those colours for her skin and scarf and four different colours for her hair the colours were ch
This was done on two canvases so she could have the option of arranging them in a square or horizontal. I used four colours for the backgrounds and used those colours for her skin and scarf and four different colours for her hair the colours were ch
This is a work in progress when she stops changing her hair colour (Teenagers?)
This is a work in progress when she stops changing her hair colour (Teenagers?)
Teenagers prefer to have themselves represented in different poses like they are on their social network sites.
Teenagers prefer to have themselves represented in different poses like they are on their social network sites.
This is the photo taken a couple of years ago that I used for the picture Pop art piece.
This is the photo taken a couple of years ago that I used for the picture Pop art piece.

Triple Tone Pop Art

With a touch of red

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      I like pop art. Andy Warhol was great

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the black and white version! Thanks also for including a link to a projector. My hubby has been wanting one for a long time, but I have no idea where to get one. I might be back around tax time.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I use pastel a lot but have never tried this style, may do so for a bit of fun

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      I learned some new things here. Love it! Angel blessings.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      This looks like fun to do, without fear. Just playing around.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      You really do make this look easy but then I have found that creating original art isn't as difficult as you may think when you are teetering on the edge of that creative place inside of you that is begging to express itself... I started playing around with pastels recently and surprised myself with came out naturally when I allow myself to ~play! Inspiring lens, thanks:)

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Cool ideas for drawing & painting! Handmade pop-art would have so much more meaning than a digitized version! Cheers~cb

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Cool ideas for drawing & painting! Handmade pop-art would have so much more meaning than a digitized version! Cheers~cb

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much and for the blessing.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      You make this look so easy. Very nice article and definitely makes me think that I could one day make pop art. Blessings! :)

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      This could be a lot of fun. But I'd have to do mine with loads of bold and bright colors. Thanks for the ideas.

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