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How to Paint a Self Portrait in the Style of the Scream
The ever popular painting by Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, The Scream has inspired millions of interpretations. Perhaps because the person in the painting's, foreground, hands over ears, escaping over a bridge, taps into the desire we all feel at times, to run from life's pressures. The image can be found on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs. With its primary colors and simple shapes, the image is not difficult to replicate. Can you think of a better way to work off steam than by putting your own face in it? Follow these simple steps to use art as a stress buster.
Preparing to Paint
Decide which water soluble medium you wish to use for your painting.Acrylic or watercolor paints are easy to work with and clean up with plain water. Purchase a starter set of either at the art and craft store or a discount store.
Obtain a piece of watercolor paper the size you want the painting to be.Make it small, reproduce the finished painting on a computer and create post cards or note cards. Make it large on a full sheet of 20" X 30" watercolor paper or poster board and hang for "in your face" impact. Or, do it any size you wish.
Choose a pre-stretched canvas from the craft store, if you are using acrylic paints.Or, paint on watercolor paper with acrylic paints.
Squeeze from the tubes the colors you will need.Primary colors; red, yellow, blue, orange, green, violet and neutral brown and black. Arrange approximately inch (1.3 cm) of each color on a white, plastic picnic plate or palette. Get a water container, an assortment of all purpose brushes, a pencil, an eraser and, if the scale you've chosen is large, a big space to work.
Obtain a reproduction of the painting.Study it for a few minutes and try to break it into there or four main shapes; the sky, the bridge, the river and grassy triangle to the right of the bridge, the figures, two in the distance and the central figure.
Sketch the main shapes, in pencil, having the paper in vertical format.No need to over sketch as the textural elements in the sky, rushing water and bridge will be painted strokes, done with a 1/2" flat brush.
Draw silhouettes to mark where the three figures will be placed.Indicate two small ones in the distance and the large one at the foreground.
Do a photocopy of your face.Use an existing snapshot or do a "selfie" with mouth as an "O" and eyes wide open. Adjust it up or down on the computer to fill the approximate area of the face in the painting. Note that the face in the painting is larger than life size.
Paint the sky in alternating waves of yellow, gold and orange.
Paint the bridge.Use shorter strokes and blend them slightly to look like an unpaved road or short, wooden planks on a bridge. Do single strokes of the flat brush loaded with light brown for the rails on the bridge, having them become more narrow and closer together as they go back in space. For the two or three rails, use two values of brown, darker on the sides and lighter on top to give the illusion of the rails being squared off.
Paint the fast-moving water to the right of the bridge.Again, swirl the strokes, but this time, use a 1/4" flat brush or turn the larger brush and use the narrow edge. The strokes can mimic a backward "S" shape. At the top of the rushing river is an amorphous shaped, pond-like area done in white with the colors of the sky reflected in it. To the right of the river is a grassy area, so paint it shades of green.
Paint two silhouettes of figures in the distance on the bridge.Use a pointed brush and dark paint. To give the illusion of distance, keep it very simple; a rectangle for the body mass, a ball shape for the head and four strokes for arms and legs. Have legs separated slightly as if walking. No features or details are needed.
Paint the central figure, hand to the sides of the face.Use a neutral color and apply it flat, making no attempt to contour the features. On the clothing, swirly strokes and neutral colors show the figure's movement, body slightly bowed forward, and beating a hasty retreat out of the picture plane into the unknown.
Paint the hands as simple shapes contoured to the face.Paint the arms.
Let the paint dry naturally, or use a hair dryer to hasten the process.
Cut out the face you wish to superimpose onto the central figure.Make the shape larger than life size and shaped similar to a standard light bulb. Glue down the face. Cut away omitting the hair but hair still shows, paint it out. Lightly paint on circles for eyes and mouth with a small, pointed brush.
Outline and separate shapes with black to make the piece "pop." Do these finishing touches with a small, pointed brush. Fill it with black paint and outline the separations between all main shapes, around the pond, at edges of the bridge. Accent the face by creating a single shape of the face, hands and arms and outlining it. Put black line accents on the clothing.
Hang it prominently to view when you need a laugh or when things seem ridiculously complicated and annoying.
- Purchase a poster frame for a painting you've done on paper. This gives the painting a whole new importance. The acetate covering makes the paint shine and unifies the whole piece.
- If you've painted on canvas, the standard size canvas fits easily into a frame and can be secured with special clips from the framing department at the craft store.
- Mix white with any brown you want to make lighter. Both watercolor and acrylic sets contain a tube of white, don't be afraid to experiment with it.
- Credit Edvard Munch with the inspiration for this painting by noting it at the bottom of the piece, along with your own signature or initials.
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