Comics Characters Oil Paintings
Updated: 23 Apr 2018
The Difference between Comics Characters and Realistic Characters
Comic characters painting has distinct characteristics different from realistic characters painting.
Comics drawings are, usually, made from saturated colors, meaning sharp and rich colors.
In realistic style painting, according to lighting conditions, climate, atmospheric perspective and other factors, the colors will be less saturated. The quickest way to reduce saturation is to add a bit of the opposite color in the color wheel.
Shades & Transitions:
Comics are characterized by a single hue for each part of the figure. Therefore, it is recommended to mix the appropriate color for each shade in advance.
In realism, because of the three-dimensional structure of each object, the lighting conditions and other factors, each point in the figure will be affected differently and there will always be transitions of different types.
In realistic painting, one can mix a palette of different colors and different brightness values in advance or mix the colors while working and then blend them while painting.
This way, transitions in brightness values, colors, temperature and so on, can be made.
Paintbrushes & Texture:
Paintbrushes can also give texture to a painting.
Brushstrokes can create some areas that are curved inward while other areas curved outward. This leads to areas with different height values, which affected differently by any light source and thereby create different brightness values for the observer.
For comics, with a uniform color, brushes from synthetic hair can be used.
In addition, there are oil painting brushes for smoothing brushstrokes and for blending.
Examples of how to draw comics characters in oil colors:
Snow White Oil Painting
First step will be pencil drawing of the character.
Second step is the actual painting.
Usually, it is convenient to paint the "far" layers first. For example, painting the landscape first and then the figure.
With experience, there is no difference in starting with distant or near areas of the landscape; it is a matter of personal preference and the type of project.
Using synthetic brushes for smooth surface with no brushstrokes.
It is advisable to mix the colors in advance for painting comics.
For the skin color, mixing red and yellow to create orange and adding a lot of white.
If the result is too saturated, adding a bit of blue, which is the opposite color of orange, will decrease the saturation.
For the hair, mixing ultramarine blue and burnt umber to create black.
Using blue and violet for the light areas of the hair. White makes the hair look like gray hair.
For Snow White's bodice, mixing blue with a bit of brown to create a dark blue.
Adding red (alizarin crimson) to the mixture, making it a bit violet.
Gradually adding white for lighter shades.
Snow White oil painting:
Merida Oil Painting
Example of drawing comics in a slightly realistic style.
Drawing directly with a brush instead of a pencil.
The landscape will be affected by atmospheric perspective.
By making the background less noticeable, the figure will stand out more.
The hair can be painted using a fan paintbrush from hog bristles.
Merida is a figure with complementary colors: orange hair and blue outfit.
Other examples of Disney characters with complementary colors:
Rapunzel (Tangled) - yellow hair and purple dress.
Ariel (The Little Mermaid) - red hair and green dress.
Merida oil painting:
Mickey Mouse Oil Painting
The background for Mickey Mouse oil painting from the movie Fantasia can be painted with Prussian blue.