For this tutorial I have prepared a super fast Dracula design. This looks very intricate, but is actually very fast and can easily be painted in 5 minutes or less!
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Step 1: white base
As this is a fast design created to be suitable on the job, there is no need to draw any guidelines on the face beforehand. Using a small filbert brush, I paint the base of what is going to be the head which I then use as the main centre of the composition.
Step 2: the cape
Using a 1/2" angled brush and picking up the darker colors of the gypsy one stroke, I paint the shape of the cape. I make sure the dark color is on the outside all the way around, with the exception of the chest part where I flip the brush around so that the darker color creates a shadow underneath the head. When painting the cape I use the centre focal point between the eyes and the chin focal point as my pointers. This helps to create a balanced composition.
Step 3: time for linework
Marcela Bustamantes Ultra Point #4 Blazin Brush is one of my favourite brush for black line work at the moment! The thin tip of the brush allows for very delicate line work, but by pressing it down you can also achieve a more bold stroke. Here, I have filled in all the black details in the face and I have also added some black details to the cape as well to give it a bit more depth and definition - but even if you leave this out your painting will still look great.
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Step 4: stencil
Using a finger dauber I add some stenciled details around the design. Sticking to one color for the pattern will save you valuable time on the job, and in this case this also brings the design together.
Step 5: highlights
This step is optional, but will definitely make your design pop! Without reloading the filbert brush I used for the white base in the first step, I go over the design and add some highlights to the design. I decided I wanted to add a few details to the bats as well, so I used a Blazin Brush #3 to add some highlights on those as well. And voila - your 5 minute one stroke Dracula is finished!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial - can't wait to see your version of this!
Kristin Olsson has her background from the art and design world and has been working as a professional face painter since 2016.
She is an instructor at Olga Murasev's International Face Painting School (www.facebodyart.com), has won numerous face painting competitions and has been published in various face and body painting magazines.
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