Halloween Whimsy Art Tutorial

Hello my lovelies! I love letting seasonal events inspire my art and I really wanted to create a cute Halloween witchy girl. I recorded the process and you can view the video tutorial below:

If you prefer a photo tutorial instead of video, fear not and keep scrolling!

Supply list:

-water spray
-ink spray (Dylusions)
-high flow acrylics  (Golden)
-fluid acrylics (Golden)
-charcoal pencil
-black and white pens (Uniball Signo)
-watersoluble crayon (Caran d’Ache)
-stamp pad (black)

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h25m15s117Preparing the background. I tend to create several backgrounds at the same time at this stage. Use high quality watercolour paper. Spritz the water liberally with water spray. Then use spray inks and high flow acrylics on the page. Spray more water and let everything merge into each other. You can pick up the paper and hold it vertically to let the paint drip into different directions

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h25m57s37Sketching the figure. Start with a round shape for the head and put a horizontal line a bit below the halfway point.

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h26m06s142Sketch eyes on this horizontal line, a little nose & mouth in the middle.

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h26m12s215Add a witchy hat, hair and a simple shape for a dress.

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h26m20s45Sketch a swirly shape for the moon, simple stripey tights and some pumpkins

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h26m25s86Apply gesso to the face & neck area

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h26m32s143Shade the face with brown paint, going from light shading to dark.

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h26m41s245Add colour to the irises and mouth with a small brush

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h26m50s47Use a black gel pen (I use Uniball Signo) to add pupils and white for highlights

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h27m01s198Use the same pens to fill in the  tights. Use orange paint for the hair and pumpkins. Add some white gesso to the pumpkins for shading and some blue paint underneath as a shadow.

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h27m19s114Use the white & black gel pens to fill in the moon with swirls

vlcsnap-2014-10-28-16h27m38s48Add some text or numbers (I chose ’31’) to finish off.


Halloween WhimsyI hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you create your own whimsy or Halloween inspired art, I’d love to see it! Please share it on my Facebook page.

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5 thoughts on “Halloween Whimsy Art Tutorial”

  1. What a lovely tutorial Iris. Love how you did a video as well as a picture tutorial. Loved the video. You make it look so easy to create a little whimsy. Love how you manage to give so much information in a short video. It’s like less is more. Love how you give a supply list with it. In regards to the charcoal pencil: is this like charcoal sticks? Does it go everywhere if you would wipe it with you fingers? Does it not run when you apply a wet brush to it? I can see that the charcoal pencil is blacker then a normal graphite pencil, but is it permanent or water soluble? And if you make a mistake can you rub it out whilst sketching the whimsy?

    • Angelique, thank you so much for your detailed comment! I love understanding what worked for you.

      It’s like charcoal sticks but inside a pencil. So you can sharpen it (although you can’t get a point as sharp as more waxy pencils). Yes, it goes everywhere when you wipe it, you need to use spray fixative afterwards. And yes it runs when you apply water or gesso. But I tend do work with that and allow it to become part of the shading. It doesn’t run too badly when you put gesso over it. Using an eraser on it when you’re in the sketching stage does work but not as well as it would with regular pencil. Hope that helps! I really love the black look of the charcoal.

      • Iris, I also really love the look of the black. Wonder if you get the same effect with a Stabilo All pencil as it is also very black and runs when you apply water. Thank you so much for explaining how the charcoal pencil works, as I do not have that one in my supplies yet.

  2. Loved the tutorial and had a go. I dont know how to put a picture here, but I just blogged about it if anyone wishes to take a look. Was great fun to do, thank you Iris.

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