I must admit to being hooked on this video game a few years back. And now they are in movies! Who knew! The nice thing about these characters is that they are fairly basic shapes and quite easy to paint. Birds, pigs, clouds and flying feathers are what make this mask to the next level!
Let's Paint Some Angry Birds!
Step One: Lids and Forehead
If you ever had the perfect use for a droplet sponge...this is it. It makes the perfect Angry Bird shape!
First, sponge on the green eyelids using a petal sponge. I used FAB Poison Green and Global Lime Green together and made sure the lighter color is on the inner portion. Then load a droplet sponge with red and press it in the center of the forehead. Magic!
Step Two: Clouds and Bird Belly
I love the Art Factory filbert brush as it holds a lot of paint and has a perfect rounded edge to paint the border and make teardrops. Paint a cloud shape to make it into a mask. I like to do an asymmetrical cloud formation on the top finishing off in a symmetrical bottom. Leave a little area above the eyelids to add more green. Also, paint a white semi circle on the lower third of the bird for his belly. The white mixes with the red to make it the perfect subtle color.
Step Three: Pig Heads and Eyeballs
Now finish off the pig heads adding the top of their heads and little ears into the cloud area. Give all your little buddies some eyeballs.
Step Four: Outline and Flying Feathers
Outline the clouds with a light blue sky color with a #4 round brush. Paint the beak with yellow as it will blend with the red paint and become orange. Then paint a few feathers around the bird. These feathers are ALWAYS shown in the game when a bird comes to its demise. I also gave the bird a more feathery look by adding some small dark teardrops to each side...just partway up.
Step Five: Angry Eyebrows and Pig Snouts
Now your characters will come to life when you add the black details. Top of that list are those iconic “Angry” eyebrows! Give the pigs their characteristic snouts and frightened eyes. I use a #1 round brush for these details. I also softened the black outline around the birds eyes and beak using a “dry brush” technique. Wet a brush and wipe it really good on a towel until it is pretty dry, then “drag” out the black from the line work to soften the edges.
Step Six: White Highlights and Flight Paths
If you have ever played this game, you know that when you launch a bird, it leaves a white dotted flight path behind it so I worked this graphic into my mask design. Add highlights to all the characters and feathers. To make the feathers look 3D, add a little shadow under them with black starblend powder. If you have time, finish this look off with some red lipstick.
I hope this gives you inspiration to try this mask out or a variation of it. You can can always leave some elements out to speed it up.
A Bit of Angry Bird Humor
Just wanted to leave you with one additional idea that just had to be included...the sling shot. With some brown, black and white paint, and a few extra minutes, any kid would get a big kick out of this added feature!
Pam Kinneberg is the owner and artist for her business, PiKadilly Face Painting located near Fargo, North Dakota. She has won numerous contests and can be found in various magazines including SkinMarkz Magazine, The Colored Palette, QMagazine, Wet Paint Magazine and SillyFarm Newsletters.