Greetings and welcome to the Dream
Syndicate. Today we’re working on Krampus and painting an art doll with acrylics-
so let’s get crafting. Let’s start things off with filling Krampus’ mouth in with
a dark purple tone. Next we’re gonna cover Krampus’ head with this sort of
Pepto Bismal pink color because there’s no reason why ancient evil and savagery
can’t be pink. If you’re a returning subscriber welcome back and if you’re
new here and want to join me in making the imaginary a reality, don’t forget to
subscribe and hit the bell icon. Ok I’ve got just about all the base tone of
Krampus covered here. Next, in just a moment, I’m going to show you how I lay
out my color palette to paint this art doll head. I’ll put a list of the
different colors I used in the pinned comment, but I’ll describe how the
palettes actually laid out itself. Putting white in the middle, I then put
all my earth tones together in one section and all of my jewel tones
together in another section of the palette. Then since I already did a color
study, I’m just trying to mix colors that are kind of close to what I did in the
study. I’ll leave a link in the upper right hand corner where you can see how
I designed the art doll and did that color study.
I’ll premix a bunch of tones with my acrylic paints and this way I can just
kind of play with variations on that as I’m painting the art doll head. Here I’m
just gonna put a red tone up Krampus nose. Even though I’m painting something
that’s completely fantastical, I’m still being realistic in the ways that I apply
the paint. I’m using lighter tones in areas that are less likely to get say
direct sunlight, so like the inside of your ears or your eye sockets or around
your mouth. I do allow myself to get fantastical with the individual color
choice so on a pale skinned person this color might be kind of blue but I use
this washed out purple and if I go over with a few different tones, all the
different colors sort of show through and you’ll see how it finally turns out
when it’s all done. Staying true to that idea that I want to
keep some realism about this, the areas that would have the most exposure to say
sunlight, like the nose or the eyebrow ridge,
get the most warm dark color. So in this case, a sort of darker shade of pink
compared to the rest of the colors I’m painting. I’ll go from these really
exaggerated tones and then try to knock them back with a more modulated medium
tone and sort of blend the two areas together so it transitions more smoothly. My color choices are based in color
theory so I’m picking colors that are related to one another or that I know
coordinate with one another. Here I’m putting a thin layer of muted
purple tone over top of the eye socket. The cool thing is with each thin layer
of paint you can still kind of see the under layer so all those tones I’m
putting down on the eye socket you can kind of see coming through. I’ll spend a
little bit of time putting down this reddish pink tone then again I’ll end up
knocking back with a more subtle color later on. What are some of your favorite
characters from myth or folklore? Let me know down in the comments below-
maybe I’ll get around the working on some of them here on this channel. I’m just gonna add this green tone here
similarly to the eye sockets you want the areas under the chin to be a bit
lighter because that’s also going to not get a lot of sun exposure. Now the part that always stresses me out-
painting close to the eye. I’ll use this dark red tone that’s gonna contrast with
the eyelid and the eye so it’ll draw more attention to the eye and make it a
bit of a focus. A character’s cheeks are one of those
areas I struggle back and forth to hit the right note between a nice red tone
or something that’s more muted and hopefully, I hit something in between
those two points as I work. Whenever I paint a character’s teeth, I
usually put the tiny’s bit of yellow ochre or a brown tone into it so it’s
just not a pure blinding brilliant white. And here’s Krampus’ tongue that I’ll
glue into his head later on Thanks so much for watching. If you want
to join me in making the imaginary a reality, don’t forget to subscribe and hit the
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  1. Here's the color palette that was used to make Krampus:
    Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red, Raw Sienna, Chromium Oxide Green, Cobalt Blue, Raw Umber, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue, Dioxazine Purple

    ๐Ÿ”” Krampus' Bells ๐Ÿ””

    โ›“Krampus' Chainsโ›“

    ๐ŸŽจ Sculpey Clay ๐ŸŽจ

    ๐ŸŽจ Here are some art supplies that I use regularly ๐ŸŽจ

    Music Credits
    Music Credits "Darkest Child" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    "Nightmare Machine" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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