Growing up, I was and still am highly influenced by Mr. Bob Ross. The paintings and techniques are how I actually learned to paint landscapes but, the words he planted into my psyche and the lessons he taught me stay in my heart to this day.
I dedicated a canvas to him as tribute to his legacy but, I need your help finishing it up.
What should be painted on the end of his paint brush? What would you do? How would you finish this up? A happy little tree? Happy little clouds? A unicorn? A rainbow? I’m stuck. Please help by leaving me your thoughts, advice and direction.
Until then, here’s how I painted the rest of Mr. Ross.
How to paint Bob Ross:
Step 1: I like to cut stencils from a photo because it is very accurate and it gives me a precise map of someone’s facial structures. Using a cutting blade, I cut away the dark areas such as the eyes, the nostrils, and so on.
Step 2: I have also cut the outline of the body, head, and arms. This step will make sense later on.
Step 3: Laying down the black over the stencil that I have cut, you can see where the eyes will go and so on. At this point, I have added the positive side of the stencil and I sprayed the trademark afro hairdo and beard with a transparent black.
Step 4: Now comes the detail on the fabrics like the ripped canvas and his classic Bob Ross shirt. I also seek the assistance of a freehand airbrush curve that I can use on the folds of the shirt.
Step 5: Here’s a little closer look at how I did the shirt.
Step 6: Rendering skin is fun but very precise work. There are muscles, bones, veins, hair and freckles. Take your time and build this up slowly and you can achieve this layer by layer.
Step 7: The same concept goes for the face. Don’t over do it all at once. Painting faces takes patience and the ability to see things in layers. I used a transparent black and carefully, sparingly added the shadows of the nose, cheek bones, eyes and beard layer by layer. Take your time and have fun in this step.
Step 8: Note that there is no white paint used in this painting. This is a good exercise on refraining from over painting, over doing and rushing into something that takes time and care. Remember that you are using paint to push shadows back and avoiding areas to pull out highlights. This is your world so , Mr. Ross would say!
Thank you for joining me today and hope this helps you create your own Bob Ross portrait. Please leave me your thoughts and remember that this is still not finished…..we need your input on how to finish this up. Shoot over your ideas below and Happy painting. Anh Pham
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