How do you start a canvas painting? – Drawing Coaching

Well, the basics: first, lay a canvas on a flat surface with the edges at an angle. This means that you can have the canvas cut at a 40 degree angle (i.e. it’s at a 45 degree angle as opposed to a 45-degree angle as it would be if your were doing a drawing). When the canvas is completely covered with your paint, your painting should look like a picture, not a pattern on your canvas. A rough map of the basic technique of painting can be found at

Next step would be to take your black paint and lay it flat on the canvas and then paint it with a paintbrush on the canvas. Make sure that the brush is touching the paint on your canvas, as well as the edge of the canvas. You should only paint the back side of the canvas!

Once you have finished painting, you need to remove your paint and let it dry in the air, for at least a good 30 to 60 minutes to allow the paint to dry completely. Make sure that your paint will not dry on the surface, as water will soak up paint and ruin your painting as this happens.

At this point, you don’t need to worry about water and you can leave the painting and your canvas to dry without worry. If you really care, you can put a small amount of black chalk on the back of the canvas or on the brush tip (as long as the surface is dry). However, that really puts it off of our canvas painting process for a while, so be careful.
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The next phase of painting has to do with shading the outlines of your characters and scenes, so first, we need to outline all of our outlines. We’re going to start with our main characters. Start by drawing a line of white on all of the lines of your character. If you’ve not drawn a background, you’ll be able to see this later. Draw the outline on each line of your main characters. To shade the edges of these outlines you’re going to lay your black paint across the canvas. This will smooth out the edges of the lines and give the appearance that you’ve painted them in black. Next, take your paintbrush and start painting over all of your lines of your characters. The idea here is to make the lines more realistic, as well as highlighting the areas that you want to highlight. Let’s take a look at an example of a good looking shading.

Step 7: Painting Forests


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