View Full Version : Help - Bubbles and raindrops - How?

02-04-2010, 07:47 PM
Can anyone demo or explain how you achieve a real looking bubble or raindrop in pastel? I have a picture of bubbles I want to try as well as bubbles on water...anyone willing to show me? thanks

Deborah Secor
02-05-2010, 12:02 AM
Bubbles, are all about circles (though not perfect circles in all instances), edges and reflections.

These from our RIL:



I'd use a compass and try to paint a crisp clear line over the background, identifying it as either lighter or reflecting a color. I suspect less is more. To my mind, this would be extremely challenging because bubbles are so precise and geometric.

Maybe if you show your ref picture folks could help you more.


02-05-2010, 01:01 AM
As with painting all things - observe closely the shapes of light and shadow and the location and amount of contrast in those shapes as well as the highlights. You could also try searching the internet for "painting raindrops" or "painting water droplets" or similar. Here are a couple I found:




02-07-2010, 07:41 PM
thanks for the response...I will post my painting as Im almost finished.

02-10-2010, 10:33 PM
Good old WC to the rescue :) Try this

02-12-2010, 02:41 AM
Looking forward to it, Namaste!

I've been thinking about your question. I know that a lot of things get better if I sketch them from life -- the problem with just putting drops of water or oil onto say, a piece of flat plastic so it's a little reflective but not going to get damaged is that they might dry before you're done observing them.

The answer... clear epoxy!

Get some of that two-tube clear epoxy. Squeeze out a good size puddle of each of the components and mix with a toothpick. Then take something expendable like a glossy black or dark color package that hasn't got lettering on that piece of it -- just sort the trash for things that you can use for making epoxy still life things. I saved some clear heavy plastic from an air perfumer bottle thing from Wal-Mart and I know that if I put epoxy on it to let it drip, then turned it flat when it had dripped enough -- I'd have raindrops on a window... in a physical model that will take years to yellow and get ugly.

So put droplets on it with the toothpick. Use different opaque and transparent plastics so that it doesn't soak in and stays in the shape of a droplet. It'll dry to a clear drop that looks like a raindrop that just fell on it. That doesn't give you falling droplets but it sure gives good dew or rain on something.

I might set up something like that for myself on one of my pieces of saved heavy plastic, since it'd be fun to have that around and be able to put it in front of things I want dew painted on.