Friday, September 30, 2011

How to paint a pumpkin head!

 When autumn comes I always feel like making a pumpkin head doll! I love to work with my favorite colors of paint, deep green and olive green, yellow ochre, burnt orange, some pretty reds!
Oh its so much fun!
So I thought I would show you how I do the underpainting on one of these dolls, to get the wonderful depth of color and tone that every vegetable girl should have!
The idea is to under-paint highlights and low lights. The cheeks and forehead I have painted with yellow, then I have come in with deep green where the shadows might be.
Here is the face and shoulders:
The side and back of the head:
Coverage is not important. 
You will worry about coverage when you do the top coat.
Right now you are just getting in the highlights and low lights.
The same goes for the arms and legs:
Next,  you will  go over everything with a top coat. I used Terra Cotta. I am just using the 2 oz. cheap paints from the craft store.
First you block in the color, the eye whites, the color of the irises and pupils. When this is dry, sand it all over with 220 grit sand paper. This is what brings out your underpainting, and give the doll that aged patina-almost like leather!
All of the details are done with colored pencil:
Here is another one-just the head!


Vonna said...

I am sitting here staring in amazement....I STINK at painting.... but you do such gorgeous work!

Hanni said...

Thank you very much for your tutorial on your lovely pumpkin girl. She is so cute!