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How To Paint Fantasy Concepts

Updated on July 24, 2013

Painting Fantasy Concepts

Paint Fantasy Concepts. A collection of acrylic paintings all by me Wayne Tully.
Paint Fantasy Concepts. A collection of acrylic paintings all by me Wayne Tully.

How To Paint Fantasy Ideas

For awhile now I've been exploring the world of Acrylic painting and my style of painting suits the way of painting fantasy concepts quite well and this hubpage shows my journey as an Artist as I begin to learn more about painting with the Acrylic medium. Preparation before paint is usually minimal as all you need is a nice clean surface whether that is a canvas or Artist paper and some Acrylic paints and brushes.

We will show some example of some Acrylic painted works, but first we'll quickly show you that paints, brushes and Art canvases can be cheap as chips compared to the expensive ones, because when you are starting out, you don't really want to lay out lots of money or perhaps you don't have much money anyway like most Artists starting ou t(including me lol!)

Choosing A Canvas

Selecting your Canvas size. I paint on a range of Artist canvas sizes.
Selecting your Canvas size. I paint on a range of Artist canvas sizes.

Canvas Art Panels

Art Alternatives Canvas Panel (8 X 10) (1-Pack of 12)
Art Alternatives Canvas Panel (8 X 10) (1-Pack of 12)

Packs of Artist Canvas panels are far more cost effective as you can save money with packs of 10 to 12 and buying in bulk is always considered as a good rule of thumb when buying anything online. Plus you save money on shipping too. Canvas panels are much thinner than standard art Canvases and they can be clipped to a drawing board or desk easily.

 

Acrylic Paints And Paint Brushes

Professional Artists will tell you that the higher end price range of paints and brushes are best and that is generally quite true, but the starving budget Artist inside of me always thought that whatever makes the mark is equally good enough and so I use cheaper paints and brushes.

Of course you do not want paints and brushes that are so cheap that they don't seem to work well, like paints that don't overlay like traditional Acrylic paints or create good quality wash or glazes over your paint work. Reeves Acrylic paints are the cheapest brand name paints I can think of, but there may even be some local market alternative that is just as good, I know there is for me in the UK, so there should be quality and cheaply priced paints in your part of the world too.

Brushes I tend to use a mix of stiff and soft brushes which help to create varying effects on the canvas. Cheap stiff brushes are excellent for the Dry-Brushing technique and the softer paint brushes usually the sable hair ones are awesome for blending colors.

Acrylic Paints & Brushes

Reeves 24-Pack Acrylic Colour Tube Set, 10ml
Reeves 24-Pack Acrylic Colour Tube Set, 10ml

A basic set of Acrylic paints is your first stop, as you usually get all of the Primary colors that you can use to mix and come up with other shades of the Primary colors which are called Secondary colors. Reeve is a noticeable brand, but there are other Acrylic Paint types from Daler Rowney, Liquitex or Windsor & Newton

 

How To Paint Fantasy Wyrms

Wyrms are serpents in fantasy worlds, the size of Dragons usually without any wings or legs or arms, just a serpent like body with vicious looking teeth. Here I wanted to paint the image right onto the canvas so that there was no time wasted with any pre-sketching. The dominant colors in this painting is the Greens and Yellows and that's the color combination I wanted for these Serpent Wyrms, of course I threw in some reds here and there for the tongue and blood tattoos.

Take a look at the steps. I took photos below of each small step, by following along you can see how I approached the painting process. I went with the simple idea of having all of these Wyrm Serpents all together as one larger monster

Painting Fantasy Wyrms (Serpents)

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Using Green Acrylic paint to start to paint some curvy serpent shapes.Paint in some more curvy Wyrm shapes.The drips of green help provide an accidental happy painting moment.Round off the Serpent shapes to form the heads of the Wyrms.Start to work out the background with red and some light green.Red acrylic for the mouths makes the red look black but effective.Painting Yellow acrylic over the Serpents make the greens more vibrant.Red tongues and Red scars on the Wyrms help provide some extra visual interest.A Yellow Acrylic wash in the background of the Wyrm Serpents helps to unify the design.A touch of red Acrylic wash helps underneath the Wyrms.Titanium White for the teeth.
Using Green Acrylic paint to start to paint some curvy serpent shapes.
Using Green Acrylic paint to start to paint some curvy serpent shapes.
Paint in some more curvy Wyrm shapes.
Paint in some more curvy Wyrm shapes.
The drips of green help provide an accidental happy painting moment.
The drips of green help provide an accidental happy painting moment.
Round off the Serpent shapes to form the heads of the Wyrms.
Round off the Serpent shapes to form the heads of the Wyrms.
Start to work out the background with red and some light green.
Start to work out the background with red and some light green.
Red acrylic for the mouths makes the red look black but effective.
Red acrylic for the mouths makes the red look black but effective.
Painting Yellow acrylic over the Serpents make the greens more vibrant.
Painting Yellow acrylic over the Serpents make the greens more vibrant.
Red tongues and Red scars on the Wyrms help provide some extra visual interest.
Red tongues and Red scars on the Wyrms help provide some extra visual interest.
A Yellow Acrylic wash in the background of the Wyrm Serpents helps to unify the design.
A Yellow Acrylic wash in the background of the Wyrm Serpents helps to unify the design.
A touch of red Acrylic wash helps underneath the Wyrms.
A touch of red Acrylic wash helps underneath the Wyrms.
Titanium White for the teeth.
Titanium White for the teeth.

Painting Without Drawing

Immediate Painting

Painting can be a spontaneous creative act that does not require you to draw some pencil lines beforehand to work out your painting and in fact when I paint I never ever draw directly on the canvas, because I want the paint to flow and actually feel like I've explored the mediums full potential. This leaves a lot open for the Artist to experiment and change direction with the painting as you go along.

Painting without drawing is a good technique to simply get on with painting and see what happens. Happy accidents is what Bob Ross called it and that's what you could aim for. By all means look into Acrylic techniques like Washes, Glazes, Dry Brushing and layering colors. Generally speaking though, you will find your own way of working with Acrylic paints that will work better for you if you explore and practice painting.

Nightmare Demon Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress

My First Acrylic Painted Commission

This Acrylic painting was my first ever painted commission, I have previously sold artwork and illustrations but never a large painting like this. Again I've documented the painting process so that I have something to look back on as the painting will no longer be in my possession as I ship it to it's new owner when finished.

Also I like it when I receive a commission particularly as this one was just the simple words "Nightmare Demon Thing" just make it look cool was all the paying client said, but that was enough for me to begin with the painting.

Click the video to the right and see a nearly finished painting appear before your eyes in steps!

Painting A Fantasy Demon Clown

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Burnt Umber brown for the face shape.Solid brown color for the eyes and mouth.Black paint over the eyes and the mouth.Paint that red Clown nose.Titanium White watered down wash over the entire clown face.Teeth and eyes painted in with Titanium White.Blue hair wig wash and red Clown lipsDarker blue and white highlights on the Clown Wig.White out the teeth more with Titanium WhiteA watered down Yellow wash for the background and Demon Clown ----Boo!
Burnt Umber brown for the face shape.
Burnt Umber brown for the face shape.
Solid brown color for the eyes and mouth.
Solid brown color for the eyes and mouth.
Black paint over the eyes and the mouth.
Black paint over the eyes and the mouth.
Paint that red Clown nose.
Paint that red Clown nose.
Titanium White watered down wash over the entire clown face.
Titanium White watered down wash over the entire clown face.
Teeth and eyes painted in with Titanium White.
Teeth and eyes painted in with Titanium White.
Blue hair wig wash and red Clown lips
Blue hair wig wash and red Clown lips
Darker blue and white highlights on the Clown Wig.
Darker blue and white highlights on the Clown Wig.
White out the teeth more with Titanium White
White out the teeth more with Titanium White
A watered down Yellow wash for the background and Demon Clown ----Boo!
A watered down Yellow wash for the background and Demon Clown ----Boo!

Demon Clown Idea For Painting

This was an easy idea as I previously drew a Demonic Clown face for a YouTube video and I simply took that idea and began to paint that on a small Artist Canvas. You'll notice that I used the Burnt Umber brown to mark the entire clowns head first. This was so that when I over painted the White with Titanium White it would appear brighter. Much like proper face paint I wanted it to appear like the Demon had just slapped some cheap face paint on.

The blue wig and red nose make it look comical, yet the sharp teeth and eyes make it look that little bit scary as Clowns have often been feared by kids and grown ups all over the world which makes me laugh, but hey...Click through each step with the thumbnails to the right.

Paintings In Progress

I decided to put together a work in progress video filled with step by step photos of the progress of some acrylic paintings just as a video record, but also to help remind me that I need to finish these. There is a Black Demonic skull with Red And Blue background, a Melting Demon Skull which I had fun dripping all of the red paint and a 4 headed Demon thing with also a red and blue background too.

I need to paint in more details on all 3 of these paintings and finish them off.

Acrylic Paintings In Progress

Acrylic Paint Fantasy Creature Work In Progress

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You can faintly see the pencil lines of the creature I drew directly on the canvasPainting some of the form with Brown acrylic paintContinuing to paint the outlined creatureCrimson red painted in the background and the creatures mouthContinuing to paint with the Crimson Red paint the backgroundThe base coat for the background red is completeA Yellow wash goes around the Brown to add a lighter colorContinuing with the Yellow Acrylic paintSome Crimson Red on the creature helps unify the colorsYellow Paint on teeth....
You can faintly see the pencil lines of the creature I drew directly on the canvas
You can faintly see the pencil lines of the creature I drew directly on the canvas
Painting some of the form with Brown acrylic paint
Painting some of the form with Brown acrylic paint
Continuing to paint the outlined creature
Continuing to paint the outlined creature
Crimson red painted in the background and the creatures mouth
Crimson red painted in the background and the creatures mouth
Continuing to paint with the Crimson Red paint the background
Continuing to paint with the Crimson Red paint the background
The base coat for the background red is complete
The base coat for the background red is complete
A Yellow wash goes around the Brown to add a lighter color
A Yellow wash goes around the Brown to add a lighter color
Continuing with the Yellow Acrylic paint
Continuing with the Yellow Acrylic paint
Some Crimson Red on the creature helps unify the colors
Some Crimson Red on the creature helps unify the colors
Yellow Paint on teeth....
Yellow Paint on teeth....

Painting Fantasy Concepts

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    • Wayne Tully profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Carol! It's only been the past 3 months I've really been painting. Still need to combine Acrylic painting techniques and experiment a bit more with the medium, but I think it's a good medium to paint with to be honest and I like the fast drying nature of acrylics and the ability to water it down like watercolors.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I paint with acrylics even though I am going to branch out into water mixable oils. You have some interesting ideas here and seem to know your art well. Thanks for sharing all of this. Voted UP.

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