Easy 'Blue' Mask by Annabel Hoogeveen

    'Blue' is a female velociraptor that appears in Jurassic World. She is the leader of the raptors squad and also the tallest and biggest one, but still quite loyal to Owen. She has a metallic blue stripe from her eye to the tip of her tail.

    In this tutorial I will show you how to paint an easy, on-the-job, 'Blue' dinosaur mask using mainly a one-stroke and stencils to give it a quick 3D look.


    Arty Brush Cake Aussie Mermaid

    Mehron Paradise Light Blue

    Superstar Ziva Blue

    Superstar Ink Blue

    Superstar Petrol Blue (sub with Paradise Deep Sea)

    PartyXplosion Black

    PartyXplosion White

    BAM HAS 4004

    BAM HAS 3003

    Illusion Dreamblend Chisel Brush (sub with TAG #10 Filbert)

    Loew-Cornell #4 Round Brush

    Loew-Cornell #2 Round Brush

    Cameleon Blending Brush #2


    Step 1: sketch out the design (optional)

    For this design I am going to use an arty cake. It is not necessary to sketch out the design, but if you are not very familiar with the use of arty cakes then a sketch will help you determine where to put your strokes. Although a full face design is more suited for painting a 'real' dinosaur design, I chose for a quick mask version this time. 


    Step 2: fill in the colors for the base

    Using a chisel brush and my Aussie Mermaid arty cake I fill in the mask. I am constantly thinking about where the light and dark should be, to give it a kind of 3D look. Working with a chisel brush is sometimes more easy than with a flat brush, because a chisel brush will give softer edges. I fill in the eyes with the dark Ink blue.


    Step 3: giving texture with stencils

    Now it is time to give my dinosaur some textured skin! On top of the eyes I am using HAS 3003 and Ziva blue, to give it a metallic shine. On top of the arty cake I am using HAS 4004 with Superstar Petrol blue on the darker parts and Mehron Light blue on the lighter parts. Looks cool, right?


    Step 4: black lines and accents

    To give it more contrast I outline the mask with regular black paint and a #4 round brush. I paint some nostrils (thinnest lines with a #2 round brush) and accentuate the 'eyebrows' en 'folds' in the face. He is looking more angry now ;-)!


    Step 5: shading and highlights

    To give it a more angry look (because raptors are very scary, even Blue) I pulled out the black paint with a blending brush around the eyes (and even added some more black under the eyes) and on the forehead. In the nostrils I added some light spots to make them more 3D. And as a final step I gave the mask highlights with regular white paint.


    Additional info:

    In this mask I wanted to create an angry look by giving the dinosaur two 'evil brows'. The angry look is created by the angle of the lines trough the brows. 

    Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Now let's try and make your own easy dino mask!

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    Annabel Hoogeveen is the owner and founder of 'Blije-Snoetjes Kinderschmink', a Facepainting company and school in the Netherlands. She is painting for about 10 years and is passionate about teaching others how to facepaint, 'because the more face painters there are, the more kids we can make happy'.

    Annabel likes colorful and easy 'on-the-job' designs. But, as a former vet, she also has a passion for painting realistic 3D animals.

    She is an instructor at Olga Murasev's International Face Painting School (, has written several Facepainting blogs and recently won the 'Black Panther' competition here at

    You can see more of her work on her Instagram and Facebook pages.