How to Paint Wood Texture | Imps and Monster | Justin Hillgrove

Justin Hillgrove of Imps and Monsters shows you how to paint wood texture. Learn how to blend and glaze with acrylic paint as you follow along with Justin. This is the final video recorded with his wood boy piece.

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Wood Texture Base

In previous videos, Justin transferred his sketch of his wood boy to the canvas, painted the under-painting, and started his background. The first step he takes to paint wood texture is to apply a base color of dark brown. A lighter brown is used for the tops of the cut off branches to give them contrast to the rest of his body. The lighter color will differentiate them from the wood grain texture.

As in our sphere shading video, Justin mentions how he identifies where he wants his light source to be for this painting. By doing this, he knows where to apply the lighter and darker shades of brown to give the illusion of highlights and shadows created by that light. This will create the appearance of a three dimensional shape. This step is always done prior to creating the final texture to establish the form of the objects. Attempting to do this at the same time you are creating the texture would be difficult.

Define Wood Pattern

The next step after creating the basic form is to identify the pattern of the wood texture. This can be achieved by using a dark brown and drawing lines on the form in the style of wood grain. These lines will act as the shadow created in the groove of the wood grain. It is important with organic shapes to follow the contour of the object with the texture you are creating. Apply straight lines to a round surface would create a mismatch of form and texture. The texture you are creating should warp accordingly to the form of the shape you are creating it on.

Once the texture pattern is established with the darker color, you can use a lighter color to add highlights to the edge of each texture groove that would be picked up by the primary light source you identified at the start of your painting. This will add more depth and interest to your texture. It is important to make sure you’re not making your texture too extreme during this phase. It can easily become too intense and start to distract from the overall painting. If you believe this might be the case, you can apply a glaze of your base color over your texture to lower the intensity.

Finishing Touches

The wood boy is sitting in a body of water, and light would be reflected off the surface of the water. Bounce light would be cast onto the body of the wood boy and the log he is sitting on. The color of this light will be blue. Justin glazes some blue onto these figures by mixing some of the water color paint with Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid. You will want to create a light tint and brush that onto the surfaces that would be most effected by the bounce light. It is best to perform this step after the wood texture has been completed. Adding the correct colors to the bounce light will give your images a much more realistic.