Learn How To Paint A Scarecrow
Hello everyone! I’m excited to present to you another Fall canvas painting tutorial! You will learn how to paint a scarecrow portrait! This scarecrow painting can be a lot of fun because you can customize your colors and facial features! The beauty of these tutorials is that I present to you the steps and tools but you can let your imagination run wild after that! Anyhow, the steps in this tutorial are a little different than others. I drew out the entire scarecrow first then painted it in like a coloring book (well sort of). Enjoy and don’t forget to share your results somewhere in social media land!
- Acrylic Paint (I recommend the Liquitex Basics brand, Apple Barrel Craft Paint, or DecoArt Americana)
- Paint Colors (in Liquitex Terms): Cad Orange, Cad Yellow Medium, Light Green Permanent, Ultramarine Blue, Bright Aqua Green, Quin Magenta, Titanium White, Mars Black, Burnt Umber (dark brown), Burnt Sienna (lighter brown), Portrait Pink/Unbleached Titanium
- 16″ x 20″ Canvas or 8″ x 10″ canvas
- Various Brush Sizes
- Palette or paper plate for palette
- Covered work space
- 11″ Circle Plate To Trace the Head (5-6″ if you’re using a smaller canvas)
*Note: The pencil is hard to see in this tutorial! I will be updating this as well as adding a video come Fall 2018!!!
You will need a pencil to draw out the entire scarecrow. Draw lightly with the pencil.
First I traced a plate on my canvas. The plate was 11″ in diameter. If you are using a smaller canvas, use a smaller plate. Note the position of the plate on the canvas.
Then I drew the scarecrow’s “neck” (where the fabric of the head gathers).
Then I drew a diagonal line to represent the scarecrow’s shoulders.
Then I drew a vertical line in the middle of the shirt and a shape to represent the overall buckle.
Then I drew a squiggle line just below the top of the circle. This represents the bottom of the scarecrow hat.
Then I drew the rest of the hat. And erased part of the circle.
Then I drew a half circle to represent where the sunflower is going to be painted. Note I did not draw the petals of the flower.
Then I drew the mouth and other facial features.
Next I painted the background in. I used a turquoise color mixed with white.
I only went this far down with the blue because the rest was going to be the green cornfield.
Then I used a light green color and an angle brush. I made up and down strokes to represent the cornfield in the background.
Then I used a portrait pink color and mixed some white in it. I did not mix the white all the way because I wanted the color to have some depth and not be solid. You can see that on my palette how the color was mixed.
Then I painted the hat in. I used dark brown, light brown and yellow (see on my palette). I did not mix any colors together on the palette. I just loaded my brush with the colors as I went along without mixing the colors or cleaning off my brush.
For the top part of the hat, I made my strokes go in little “X’s” to make the hat look like it has some texture.
Note where I emphasized some dark areas of the hate (towards the bottom and in the middle).
Then I painted the eyes in white. I also used a very small brush to paint on the mouth and the inside of the eyes.
I outlined the eyes in black. This is optional. It also looks fine without the eyes outlined!
I added some eyelashes. Also completely optional! The beauty of these tutorials is that you can customize these paintings as creativity sparks in your own way!
I painted the nose in with magenta. Then I added cheeks and painted some stitch marks on the nose.
Then I painted the flower. I used yellow paint and a small flat brush to do this. I painted one petal at a time and then the center.
I added some orange in the middle of the petals.
Then I painted the hair. I used yellow, light brown and a tiny bit of orange. I did not mix those colors together, I just loaded my brush with the colors. I used a small flat brush to create the texture of the hair.
Then I painted in the portion of the overalls with blue. I also painted in some black lines in the hair.
I painted in white buttons.
Then I painted in the shirt. I used a small flat brush. I painted magenta vertical lines. (Actually they are slightly diagonal because of the angle of the scarecrow but if you make them exactly vertical, it will look fine!)
Then I painted thinner lines in between the thicker lines.
Then I switched to orange. I painted horizontal lines.
Then thinner lines in between the thicker lines.
Then I cleared off my brush and kept it wet. I painted up and down strokes with the wet brush where all the white space was to fill in all the white space with watered down color.
Also note that I painted in some dots on the overall buttons with black paint.
Then I used that tiny brush again to outline some of the scarecrow in black. I outlined the bottom of the circle, the bottom of the scarecrow’s neck, the hat and the overalls.
Then I painted that crow! I outlined a triangular shape first then painted it in.
I painted the tail and head feathers. Then I painted its beak, eye and feet!
Then I painted in the rest of the overalls with blue! I also added some white lines on the bird. Finally, I added some white lines vertical and horizontal on the shirt to make it look more “plaid”.