How to Make a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
For the last several months I have been working on many watercolor paintings for the upcoming A.C.E. Asheville Comic Expo which will be taking place on September 20th 2014. Anyone in the Asheville area should come out it should be a great time! For more information visit Ashevillecomicexpo.org
In this post I will take you through a step by step process of how I have been making these paintings. You can follow these steps and try making one of your own!
The first step is I choose what size I am going to make the painting and get the paper ready, this one is roughly 12″ x 17″. I always use a thick water color paper, the one being used here is a cold pressed 400 series 140 lb paper. The thicker the paper the less it will warp from contact with water.
Next I pick the subject matter of what I want to paint. I this case it is one of my childhood favorite characters the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! I then get whatever references I need to draw it at hand, whether it be photos, comics or in this case an old toy from 1984!
My next step is to sketch out a drawing in pencil (a Staedtler Mars Technico 2.0mm pencil comes highly recommended by me!) I first draw the picture very lightly because the pencil will indent the paper if you press too hard. Once I have the picture laid out the way I want it I go back over it with a heavier hand to make an indent on the paper (this helps the paints flow where you want it to later on) The two pictures below show the initial pencils for this painting…
(Click on each picture below for a better look!)
After the drawing is complete I can start painting. I usually just look at what colors I will need to use then get those colors as well as several different sized brushes and water ready to go. Once I am set up I just go through and paint color by color. Here I started with a white and grey wash to make the shading on Mr. Stay Puft, then moved on to some more of the solid colors.
A lot of my watercolor works have colorful looking backgrounds, this one being a blast from a Proton Pack! To create this effect I mix the colors I want to use right on the paper (red, yellow and orange are used here) and then I apply salt to the wet paint before it drys. Salt absorbs pigment from the paint a creates a cool looking effect that can be seen in the picture below. You will want to let the salt dry with the paint then gently brush it off the paper after it has dried completely (this only takes about 10 to 15 minutes with watercolor paints).
The next few pictures will show how I fill in the rest of the colors in the painting one color at a time…
As the drawing of Peter Venkman here has much smaller details I use very small brushes to get the colors where they need to be.
The next picture below shows what this painting looked like after the coloring is completed, before it is inked with black (I always save the black for last).
The final step once all the paint on the paper is completely dry is to get out my pens and put in all the black. I like to use pen for black as you cannot easily get a solid black or a fine line with water color paint. I recommend using Microns or Copic Multiliner pens. I use several different mm sized pens to get thicker or thinner lines in different parts of the painting.
Now the painting is complete! Once it is done I sign the bottom corner and start thinking of my next project to work on.
To see more paintings I have done recently in this same style click on the link on the left hand side of my page that says Water Color Work or follow me on instagram @timbromley art where I post process pictures of most of my work as it is made.
Thanks for looking!