Portray a Tricolor Kitten

Here’s a close-up of a furry, tri-colored kitten painted with a Grisaille method. Click on here in the event you choose watching a step-by-step video on our Watercolor College.

Supplies used:


  • Langnickel Royal Knight Striper dagger brush, L7190 3/8″
  • #2 Isabey brush
  • #Eight mop brush
  • #Four wisp brush
  • Deer foot stipler
  • Worn out #5 boars bristle brush for lifting paint


  • Gamboge
  • Uncooked Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Rose Madder Hue
  • Vandyke Brown
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Sepia
  • Ivory Black
  • Charcoal Gray


  • Nielsen Bainbridge Sizzling Press 1000 Illustration Board


  • Liquid frisket (aka. masking fluid)
  • Container of water
  • Painter’s palette
  • Paper towels
  • Toothpick

Step 1: Sketch it in


Flippantly sketch the kitten out of your reference picture with minimal traces to dam out the essential shapes of the the place the darkest darks and lightest lights might be painted.

Step 2: Portray your first shapes


Flippantly dampen the dagger paintbrush and thoroughly add the charcoal grey to ascertain the darkish aspect of the kitten’s face. Paint on dry paper. Make sure to take note of your main shadow shapes. In Grisaille watercolor, little or no water is used when mixing the colours. You’re basically portray with a glaze, which is a dry brush method.

Step 3: Making use of liquid frisket


To assist shield the white of the paper to your highlights, dip a brush that’s devoted for the aim in liquid frisket and thoroughly apply it to areas that you just need to shield, corresponding to across the eyes, the chin, down the middle brow, alongside fringe of the ears. Permit the frisket to dry earlier than making use of any paint close to or over it. Clear the comb instantly.

Step 4: Portray the eyes


Taking the small #2 Isabey brush, fastidiously add a glaze of blue to the eyes.

Step 5: Darkish shapes


Persevering with to make use of the small #2 brush, combine the black with sufficient water to create the consistency of thick ink. Proceed to fill at the hours of darkness varieties on the kitten’s face.

Step 6: Highlights


For highlights, use the dagger brush to combine the sepia with water and orange with water till they’ve a skinny consistency. Apply the sepia to contained in the kitten’s ears, on his mouth, and nostril. It’s okay to over-paint. Should you make any errors, moist and clear your brush and carry out the undesirable colour. Subsequent, apply the orange, which can seem very vivid at first, to create the gentle highlights of the left aspect of the kitten’s face.

Step 7: Ears and mouth


Combine the crimson and sepia with water to create a lightweight pink colour. The paint ought to have a milky consistency earlier than you apply it to the within shapes of the kitten’s ears and mouth to create the looks of a gentle, delicate space.

Step 8: Lighter aspect of the face


Add orange, yellow ochre, and van dyke brown to the palette. Add a small quantity of water to every colour individually utilizing a medium-sized #Four brush. With the yellow ochre proceed to fill within the left aspect of the kitten’s face utilizing quick brushstrokes. Brief brushstrokes recommend the feel of fur. Make sure that the colour will not be too darkish.

Step 9: Eradicating liquid frisket


Take away the dried frisket along with your fingers fastidiously. If some frisket by accident lands in any moist ink, use a toothpick to fish it out. Subsequent, utilizing your dagger brush apply skinny traces of black round and inside the attention to create the shadows and particulars of the eyes.

Step 10: Furry particulars


Apply black with the deerfoot or dagger brush to create the feel of the fur alongside the sides of black shapes.

Step 11: Extra furry particulars


Utilizing your measurement 3/Eight brush apply yellow ochre, utilizing quick strokes, alongside the black form on the left aspect of the kitten’s face to create the phantasm of fur alongside the sides. You’ll actually solely get one stroke at time, dipping your brush within the yellow ochre in between strokes, to forestall any black mixing with the yellow. Flip the portray the wrong way up if that can assist you might have higher entry.

Step 12: Cheeks and chest


Utilizing the dagger brush, combine the uncooked sienna with the orange and a small quantity of water to color the tuffs of fur on the cheeks. Subsequent, use your medium-sized #Four brush to color some grey across the decrease a part of the face. Soften the sting with a big brush to create an summary form of the kitten’s chest.

Step 13: All Finished!


Remaining Touches: with the dagger brush, go in with white paint to sharpen the wonderful particulars, corresponding to whiskers, fur texture, and muzzle. Proceed to make use of the dagger brush with some black to color remaining delicate hairs alongside the sides of the face and edges of the black shapes. Permit the portray to completely air-dry.

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