Painting Basics TRACK: Week 6


Choose an underwater creature: fish, crabs, lobsters, and more. Aim to capture a three-dimensional feeling of form and a wide range of textures and colors. Consider the background as well, is your creature in a specific environment, or do you want to do a close up view which minimizes the background?

reference images

We have photos of fish, crabs, and lobsters on Art Prof’s free reference photo collection on Flickr. Or, you can search for your own photos. If you want to get ambitious, visit your local seafood market!

Recommended media

Any paint medium: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics. We recommend using the same paint medium for the entire track.

Artists & artworks for inspiration

Drawing Lobsters in Oil Pastel & Adobe Fresco

See how to draw lobsters realistically using digital painting techniques in Adobe Fresco, and a mixed media technique using watercolor and oil pastel on Yupo paper. Working from detailed reference photos, tips are explained for how to capture the color variations and textures in a lobster. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Guest Teaching Artist Mia Rozear.

Drawing Crabs in Soft Pastel & Adobe Fresco

See how to draw realistic crabs in soft pastel and Adobe Fresco. This video demos how to draw quick sketches and how to transition to a more polished and finished drawing of crabs. Explained in this drawing demo is how to explore how to capture the gesture and structure of the crabs while also achieving the range of textures, surfaces, and colors on the crabs. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Guest Teaching Artist Mia Rozear.

Share Your Progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from out staff and the community!

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  1. Submit your images + info via this upload form.
  2. You’ll receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail! (this includes international people)
  3. We will post your name + 1 link on the Painting Basics page.
  4. You’ll be featured in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.