Best Way to Paint Clouds In Oil For Beginners

Best Way to Paint Clouds In Oil For Beginners


hey guys Wild4Games coming at
you and today I’m doing my first ever painting request in the first request
wouldn’t you know how to paint clouds there’s no rhyme no reason how a cloud
should actually look it could be fluffy it could be thin it could have no volume
it could be all over the painting there is literally no rhyme or reason on how
to paint a cloud anyway to painted cloud is technically the right way but when
you start out the biggest problem you’ll have is they kind of look like big giant
globs of just white no depth no fluff no nothing and there’s a lot of way to do
clouds you can use a two inch brush you can use a one inch brush you can use a
fan brush you can use a filbert you can use a script liner the possibilities are
endless but these are your three main tools that you’re probably going to use
when you’re starting out painting oil clouds what I recommend is until you get
a little more comfortable the easiest way to paint a cloud is actually using
this tool here this is a number three fan brush and it’s going to be your best
friend because not only does it give you nice fluffiness to your clouds it gives
you just enough manageability to outline a cloud and then correct it if you need
to when you get into these bigger brushes it’s a little hard and you don’t
have as much versatility in them so let me show you how to actually paint a
cloud that you’re going to be satisfied with let’s go over to the canvas okay to
speed up the process I went ahead and already put my magic light on my canvas
paper if you need to see how to do that I actually made a video early of that go
ahead and check out my playlist below I’m going to go ahead and drop in just a
basic blue sky with some phthalo blue with a one-inch brush and pull it down
evenly with a two inch brush again this is the same process I used in an earlier
video if you’d like to check out that tutorial as well so the first step that
I recommend that not many people talk about is make sure you work off all the
excess paint of your sky that you don’t need actually push it into that canvas
quite firmly so all that remains is the color that you want if you have any
excess residue or globs it’s going to be a lot harder to lay down clouds on top
of it let’s start with background clouds to do background clouds all you need to
do is take a little bit of color and add it to
titanium white I recommend if you’re starting off take a little bit of
permanent Rose or red or alizarin crimson and add it to your titanium
white to get a nice light pink take your number three fan brush and wiggle it
through all of that color and get it well loaded on to the brush when you’re
starting out you cannot have too much paint on the end of your bristles it
makes it a lot easier now that your fan brush is all loaded with paint and the
paint is at the end of the bristles let’s talk about how you approach the
canvas come at it parallel and then turn your wrist 15 degrees up or down this
will create some different effects with different crowns on the top of the cloud
or a smooth bottom I recommend experimenting and see which one you like
more and you can mix it up any time you want so from here all we’re going to do
is small circles and we’re only outlining the outside of the cloud we
don’t care about what happens on the inside just do very small circles and
get some nice lifts and let that paint brush flick up and down and let all of
the bristles attack the canvas you do not have to push hard if you have to
push hard add a little drop of thinner or any type of oil to your paint so that
way it’s a little smoother from here we’re going to take a clean two inch
brush and use only the top part of the bristles to blend in the bottom portion
of the cloud we’re going to do very small circles and we’re barely touching
as bob says to hair in some airs but as a beginner you’re going to have to push
just a little bit harder the more you blend the more that cloud fades into the
background if you want it to fade even more you can do very very light
crisscross strokes across the bottom or across the whole cloud the more you do
this the more it will fade from here we’re going to give it some very nice
lifts up almost like checkmarks when grading a paper this is a very light
touch and again the more you do it the more it’s going to fade into the
background from there just work out the paintbrush strokes that you did from all
the different directions I recommend going in from the right side if your
clouds on the right and pulling to the left
but it’s completely up to you the next step is one of the most important you’ve
probably got some blue color on your paintbrush you don’t want to contaminate
your paint so what I recommend is take a extra piece of paper towel and work out
that extra color that you’re not going to need this is the most important step
because you’re going to have colors blend that you don’t want to blend and
it’s an easy amateur mistake and took me a long time to figure out reload your
brush and let’s do another cloud on the left side here again load all the paints
into your paintbrush and outline the cloud try to give it a lot of crowns and
movement in the cloud by going up and down and sporadically around there’s no
rhyme or reason to a cloud the only recommendation that I can give is start
small you can always add it’s very easy to get carried away with the cloud and
before you know it you have a big blob in the sky and it’s very hard to take
away you almost have to scratch it away again let’s repeat the process with a
two inch brush and using only the top parts of the bristles we’re going to
blend in just the bottom portions not touching the top of the cloud at all the
harder you push the more it’s going to blend into the background of the canvas
if you want it to completely dissolve into the background you can actually do
bigger harder circular motions there and that will fade most of the cloud into
the back and this can be a beautiful effect for a lot of skies out there so
give it a try I generally use it on the outside of my
canvases that way the eye is drawn towards the center with sharper detail
but it’s completely up to you and you can see how it just fades into the
background there again we’re going to cross stroke the bottom half of it and
then give it a nice lift and the lift can be like your wind they don’t have to
go in the same direction you can mix it up in the same cloud or go left go right
go up go down it’s completely up to you and work out the paint brush strokes and
there we have a beautiful cloud now let’s say we want to add some clouds
that looked a little closer to us well that’s quite easy all we need to do is
just take our number-3 fan brush again and add some titanium link to it that’s
just straight titanium white and the easiest thing to do with clouds when
you’re starting out titanium whites and it’s a very firm paint is load that fan
brush up you can see how nice and thick it is on my fan brush and we’re going to
bring the clouds just in front of our background clouds and that’s going to
help push those pink background clouds even further back and what did you know
it’s the same steps just small circular motions if you’re going to go over your
pink clouds make sure you use the thicker side of the paintbrush there
some more paint sticks to the canvas because remember you’re already putting
two layers of paint on you’ve got the sky and you’ve got the clouds now one
big mistake that a lot of amateurs make is when they get to the edge of the
canvas they stop continue the cloud outside just because your canvas is in a
frame does it mean the picture in your mind has to be continued all the way
outside the edge of the actual canvas from here you’re going to do the same
steps and blend down with a two inch brush with small circles since these
clouds are closer you need a more diligent and soft touch here because
these clouds will have a little more of a finer detail since they are closer to
us with that perspective but follow the same steps with giving them a nice lift
blend out parts you don’t like if there’s parts you mess up on you can
just push them back or blend them out or lift them up the choices are completely
up to you if you get any globs in your paint brush there just take an excess
paper towel or a rag and just grind them out or push them into the paper towel so
that way they work themselves out and go ahead and finish up what you were doing
with your canvas or your cloud another key note that I can give out to a lot of
beginning painters out there is go slow we all get na by how fast bob ross
paints we’re never going to be as good as him or as efficient because he’s had
so much practice go slow and enjoy the cloud think about how the outline
actually is going to form the cloud think about how light hits it think
about how the wind is moving your cloud these are all things to take in
consideration when doing your clouds and this will add a lot of detail once you
finish your white cloud go ahead and work out the blue paint that you pick up
underneath because again we don’t want to contaminate our paints when we go
back to our titanium white to tackle another
cloud let’s put one more cloud over on the left-hand side here and we’re going
to repeat the process but this time I’m going to give you a detailed close-up of
how I blend and do the cloud so I’m going to drop in a quick cloud here with
a couple of high peaks and low peaks and a smooth bottom and push really hard on
some good Bluffs just to show you how I blend it now that we’re all closed here
all I’m going to do is take my two inch brush and I’m only going to use the
upper one for other bristles and I’m very lightly just touching the canvas
and doing circular motions to get that white to blend with the top of my crowns
and getting it to blend with the bottom of the blue to give it a nice soft
bottom it’s a very very soft touch if I want to work it out I just sit there and
I blend even more and then I’ll make it silky smooth and blend into that
background there from here I do the same steps of just cross stroking to push all
of those clouds into the background even more giving it a nice smooth bottom and
cleaning up some of the mess of the circle strokes that I did but I’m only
concentrating on the bottom half from here I give a very light lift just like
we did before and you can see how those blobs turn into nice crown movements
like wind is just gushing right through there it’s okay if you have some blobs
right there on top because it’s going to look like highlights of Sun are poking
through and hitting those particular spots if there’s too much glob that gets
on the end of your paint brush there just do what we said before and work it
out on a paper towel and just blend the cloud so you get it to where you like it
some people like soft clouds some people like harsh clouds it’s completely up to
you just make sure you work out any of the paint brush strokes if you get any
extra blobs anywhere you can just blend them out with your two-inch brush don’t
worry I got one right there but it’s easily taken away hopefully this guy’s
helps you out a lot by seeing how close I got you with all this little detail
and moments here and you can see how our cloud has a lot of depth and a lot of
movement in it and once you’ve tackled everything you know have fun with it
take some funky colors you know add some yellow add some reds add some oranges
add some extra white and just play around
on a blank canvas just literally go for it just tackle it have fun don’t think
about the precautions just go for it and think about the outside shapes learn to
blend learn to flick colors have fun with it clouds are one of the most free
and fun things to paint and once you understand the basic techniques of it
you know the possibilities are kind of just endless you get a tackle and do fun
things and add a bunch of different colors just like Bob does and all of his
paintings and you don’t have to follow the rules but when you learn some of the
simple techniques your paintings are going to look 50 times better because
there’s not going to be this eyesore in the sky hey guys thank you so much for
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