Everyone can learn the impasto technique of painting with Clip studio paint!


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Many people find it difficult to apply thick paint

Because many people are painting realistic portraits and landscapes

Most of them use impasto technique to paint.


And people who like to draw anime

Most of them probably use the cel technique for coloring.

Because compared to thick coating, celluloid feels simpler.

It is also more in line with the simplified body style of anime painting.

So many people want to try using impasto technique to draw anime

When thinking about how to draw simple animation in a realistic way

You will encounter a difficult situation where you don’t know how to start...


But that's okay! Today I will share with you

What is the principle of impasto, how to paint it, and how to express it?

And will also fully demonstrate all the steps of a simple impasto work

Let you clearly understand the entire process of painting impasto~

After reading this tutorial, you can open Clip studio paint

And I picked up the brush and started painting thickly!

The principle of thick coating

From the perspective of traditional painting media, impasto, as the name suggests, is to stack paint layer by layer, so that the paint becomes thicker and thicker, which is called impasto. In terms of hand-painted media, if the paint has opaque properties, such as oil paint, acrylic, opaque watercolor, etc., you can use the impasto technique to paint, because the colors are mostly layered upward. Stacking, so generally the order of coloring will be from dark to light, dark colors first, then light colors.

Because the traditional medium of thick paint was mostly used to draw realistic works in the past, many people think that the expression of thick paint belongs to the realistic painting style, but in fact this is not the case, although the media and techniques are different. It has its own characteristics, but in terms of painting style, media and techniques are not the absolute factors that affect the style, so even if it is thick paint, it is feasible for you to use such painting techniques to draw works of various styles! I have seen painters of various styles use impasto to express their works in a clean, casual, realistic, or freehand manner. In fact, the appearance and style that impasto can express are mainly full-power. It is under the control of the painter himself, so impasto is not just for painting realistic works. You can still use impasto technique to draw your own painting style!

sketch relationship

When it comes to painting thick coating, some people will want to start teaching from realistic painting knowledge. For those who want to paint realistic painting style, sketch relationship is definitely the most important painting knowledge for painting realistic works. This must be very clear. Only if you are very skilled can you draw realistic works well. Therefore, regarding the relationship between light and shadow in sketches, we can know the details of these light and shadows from the picture above, and see the expression of realistic light and shadow through the sphere. When we draw realistic works, we can draw based on these light and shadow expressions.

At this time, you may say, what should you do if you don’t consider painting realistic works and want to draw relatively simple animation works? We can also refer to realistic sketch relationships, and then we only need to simplify these sketch relationships! For example, for the very delicate relationship between light and shadow in realistic works, you can adjust it to the way of using cel to draw shadows. You just use the technique of thick coating to paint. Therefore, according to different painting styles, the artist can still make his own sketches. The delicateness of the relationship~

Use Clip Studio Paint to create impasto works

This time we will use Clip Studio Paint to draw impasto works. The picture above shows you the impasto tools of Clip Studio Paint, as well as the areas for selecting colors and adjusting brush details. You can use these tools according to your painting needs. Make adjustments in the list

Try starting your impasto journey with a simple style!

Because the main purpose of this tutorial is to let you draw impasto easily and simply, I will also draw the demonstration works in the style of anime, so that you don't need to worry about how advanced your painting skills should be and how realistic your style should be. It will also feel easier to get started! If you feel that the tutorial with pictures is not that intuitive, you can also directly watch the Youtube video of this tutorial!


Usually when drawing a draft, you don’t have to worry about the messy drawing. You can draw a simple shape first, and then slowly draw the overall appearance. What you should pay attention to at this stage is that if your drawing style is more three-dimensional When working on a work, the structure must be drawn well, so that when you use the impasto technique to paint later, you will not find it difficult to draw light and shadow, and you will also have to be troubled by the process of constant revision. In addition, if you can do it in the draft stage Make your line drawings look good, and subsequent drawings will be much easier!

Line drawing (this step is optional)

Generally speaking, when painting with the impasto technique, you do not need to be bound by line drawings. Generally speaking, as long as the artist can use the impasto technique to draw the overall appearance, whether the work needs to add line drawings depends entirely on the artist. It is determined by the painting style and how the painter wants to express it. Therefore, if you are already experienced in thick painting, you will generally not spend time on the step of drawing clean line drawings. They will jump directly from the draft to thick painting. It’s the coloring stage

color relationship

There is actually an advantage to using the impasto technique to draw pictures, that is, it forces you to pay attention to the overall picture of the entire picture before painting the details. The reason why many people draw pictures well is that they can draw certain parts well, but the overall picture is not good. , mostly because of the painting process of paying too much attention to details and ignoring the overall situation. But when painting thick paint, we must first roughly paint the color, light and shadow, and overall feel we want to paint, so as not to cause uncertainty in the detailed painting later. , it happens that the drawing is not good even after constant modification and modification.

The relationship between light and shadow (depending on your painting style, you will need this step)

If the picture you want to paint is the kind of work without obvious light and shadow or ambient light, then the light and shadow relationship step can actually be omitted. As for the relationship between color and light and shadow, it doesn’t have to be drawn first. As long as you can summarize the color, light and shadow of the overall picture at this stage, you can even draw and adjust them together! In order to demonstrate the more detailed process steps here, even the steps that can be omitted are demonstrated together! (Isn’t that very considerate? XDD!)

Detailed painting→Complete

The picture on the left shows the appearance of the impasto after the refinement of the relationship between light and shadow has no obvious ambient light. The picture on the right shows the appearance of the impasto after the relationship between light and shadow is strongly refined. In fact, at the stage of the relationship between color and light and shadow, if you can draw well, you will basically have completed 80% of it. Although in general, refinement is the most time-consuming, and it may take up 80% of the total time. %, but if the relationship between color and light and shadow is done well, in fact, detailed painting is just an overall picture arrangement based on the relationship between color and light and shadow, and there is no need to make any major changes and adjustments.

After understanding the principles, techniques, usage and demonstration of impasto

I believe you now have some basic concepts about impasto

Now you can start your Clip studio paint

Pick up your electric paint pen

Express your style and creation with thick coating techniques



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