Yes, I know I already used this image as a cover photo, but this sums up this blog post perfectly. I decided to make a series of silhouette animals from sixteen 4×4 wood panels. This is one of my favorite paintings I have done. This series was created to be displayed at my Senior Art Show. I first painted the wolf, giraffes, and sea horses. I wanted a variety of backgrounds and animals, so I made a list of what to do for the rest. I picked different types of animals and climates, to get a nice variety. Here are the materials:

  • Sixteen 4×4 Wood Panels
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Gesso
  • Variety of Acrylic Paint
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge.

First, I taped the back because I planned to paint the sides. Each block was about 7/8 of an inch thick. Next, I painted gesso to prepare the surface. Next I picked what colors I wanted the background and moved the paint around until it was the way I wanted. Some animals proved more difficult than others, so I would draw what I was going to paint black. I also printed out some photos, so I would get the right proportions. Once everything was dry, I would put Mod Podge to seal the painting in.

These are the blue and purple paintings. I had more blue backgrounds than the rest because it is the most common sky color. It is hard to tell on some of the images, but all of them are a gradient. My two favorites are in this selection, the dragons and the wolf. When I sold all the paintings, I did not sell these two.

The two dragons are from How to Train Your Dragon, another favorite movie of mine. It is the Light-Fury and Night-Fury. So, it is actually from the third movie. Also, I made white clouds, so this one is a little different than the other silhouette paintings.

These are the green and yellow paintings. The last two are a cat and two owls.

Lastly, these are the red and orange paintings. I really liked the giraffe and deer painting. I think the giraffes could be a little more detailed, but they still look cute. I like how the trees and antlers came out in the deer painting.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about this series. I loved painting them! – Sarah