The Joker Step By Step Face and Body Paint
A few weeks ago I posted ‘A Beginners Guide to Body Painting’ and talked about painting ‘The Joker’ as a good design for your portfolio, especially if you are just starting out. I then decided that I would also paint The Joker, and do a step by step for you. Before I start I will raise my hands to a couple of things. 1) I hadn’t realised just how quickly we were starting to lose daylight by the time I got around to painting this, so I didn’t get to finish this in quite as much detail as I would have liked, which is why we have a separate step by step for the face paint! 2) I don’t know why I didn’t paint the lapels to hide those pesky pesky nipples, lesson learnt! 3) I would normally paint section by section rather than getting each section to the same stage as I prefer to blend wet paint into wet paint, but for the purpose of this I thought it would be better to show the progress of each section at the same stage.
I would also like to thank my boyfriend who lets me paint him from time to time, and volunteered himself for this step by step!
I started out by finding a reference photo I liked (there are so many incarnations of the joker!) and copying out the clothing lines using DFX UV white. I prefer UV white to normal white as it is easier to blend away and doesn’t affect the colour you put on top as much. After I based my lines I put a blob of each colour I was going to use in the sections I was going to use them in. The purple at this point was Mehron Mauve, the Orange was Global Orange and the Green was DFX essential Dark Green
I began to fill in the tie and jacket, adding some shading to section off the lapels from the main boy of the jacket. This was deliberately left quite streaky so I could go back in with a different purple (Cameleon Purple Poison) to add more texture to it later.
Once I had filled in the tie and jacket, I filled in the shirt and waistcoat, again adding a little shading definition so I knew where my fabric folds were.
At this point I went in with my second layer on the jacket before adding extra shading and blending in white highlights (superstar white). I also decided to change from red shading on the jacket to Global Dark Blue (which I also used for the waistcoat)
By step 4 I was beginning to run out of day light and knew that if I didn’t hurry up I wasn’t going to be able to get any shots on my camera, so to finish off the clothes and give everything that ‘Pop Art’ finish, I lined everything out in black and a little bit of white (both dfx), added buttons and added a little bit of texture to the shoulder seams.
As we were running out of time, I didn’t get to do the face I wanted (see below), so instead I airbrushed a white base before airbrushing his eyes black, and instead of cleaning the black out of my airbrush I went straight into the red for that smile so it would be a bit of a darker red. I then cleaned it out to airbrush his hair green and voila! The Joker face in minutes! I actually did loads of these in the summer at festivals. If you airbrush, it’s a really quick and easy face paint to do. All the airbrush paints I used were Senjo
The Cartoon Face
Base the face out in white paint. It doesn’t have to be perfect because there is quite a lot of texture that goes on top.
Mark out where that big smile is going to go, blend a grey paint over the eyes and paint those eyebrows black.
Paint in the teeth and gums before outlining the lips. The teeth don’t need to be white white, I’m not convinced hygiene is all that high on the jokers list of priorities!
Scrunch your face up and create texture and lines where you naturally have it, and use a small blending brush to buff them out a bit. And there you have it!
The paints I used for the face were: DFX white, Superstar Plum Red, DFX Black, Superstar Light Complexion, DFX UV yellow, and Global Magenta
I hope you have found this useful and that you might give it a go! Please let me know if you have any questions or there are any topics you would like me to cover in the comments below