Duane Osmond - Artist
Painting Cartoon Characters (Batman) - How To Guide
by Clement Hayward on April 14th, 2015

Welcome to our first ever "How to Guide"

Duane is a self taught visual artist & wanted the world to have an inside peek at how he crafts each of his paintings.  For our first ever "How To Guide", we will be using a Batman photo that Duane painted a few years back.

*A cartoon/animated character is one of the easiest types of paintings & is a good starting point for any aspiring artist. 

Step 1: Sketching/Drawing

The first and most important step that Duane follows before starting any new painting is to sketch out his subject(s) (i.e. cartoon character, buildings, houses, etc.) on the canvas with a pencil.  

What is sketching?
  • "A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work. A sketch may serve a number of purposes: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea for later use or it might be used as a quick way of graphically demonstrating an image, idea or principle.​" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sketch_(drawing)
Sketching a painting, is there a right or wrong way of doing it?
  • There is no right or wrong way to sketch out a painting. A sketch is something used by an artist as a guide/point of reference.  It is much more important for landscape/scenic photos to sketch, as you will need to ensure that the scale of your scene is correct. NOTE: a ruler comes in very handy. 
​Do all artists sketch before painting?
  • No, not all artists sketch, but it makes the process much easier & saves time.

Step 2: Shading / Coloring 

The next step is always coloring & shading. These two steps usually go hand-in-hand. 

What is shading?
  • "Shading is important to creating paintings that have a realistic and natural look to them. Without shading, paintings can look flat and dull. Shading allows light to play off of the objects, scenery and people in your paintings and brings these images to life with vivid detail. The basics of shading are quite simple, however the numerous applications can take years to truly master."  - http://www.ehow.com/way_5175527_shading-techniques-painting.html
  • For more information on Shading Techniques, please check out the above link. 
  • Shading is not an easy technique to master & requires a lot of practice & patience. 
What is coloring?
  • This is a very simple step that involves painting (coloring in) all areas of the sketched character while blending colors as necessary.  Just like in kindergarten folks, remember to color (paint) inside the lines :)
Below are some photos of Duane's Coloring/Shading techniques:

Step 3: Coloring Background

Once you have finished shading / coloring in your character, the next step is to paint in the background color (depending on the type of painting some artists may paint the background first). Be very careful when painting in the background that you do not overlap the background color with your primary character (in this situation Batman). 

*For most animated paintings, the background is a solid color.

NOTE: If painting a scenic photo, it usually works best to paint the background (clouds, sky, etc.) first & then sketch over the painted background (once dry of course) with your primary focal points (i.e. houses, buildings, churches, cartoon characters etc.). 

Step 4: Fine Details / Sign It

The next step is to add in any fine/additional details, in this situation it simply involved the Batman symbol & the word Batman.  In scenic photo for example, the fine details would usually be things like grass, trees, etc. 

Once you've completed your painting don't forget to sign & date it

Step 5 (Final Step): Spray It

Duane wants to ensure that his artwork lasts for a very long time, so he sprays all of his paintings with a clear acrylic matte finish spray.  This will give your painting a permanent protective finish.   

Duane uses only Krylon Low Odour Clear Matte Finish Spray on all of his artwork.  Please read instructions on can prior to using & remember to spray it on evenly with as little overlap as possible. 

For more information on this product check out the below link:

​Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more exciting How To Guide's.

For any questions please feel free to reach out by using the "Contact" section of this website. 

Clement Hayward
Website Administrator
Duane Osmond Artist 

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