Somewhat recently I started watching The Happy Painter’s videos on YouTube.
Unfortunately I didn’t have the pleasure of growing up with the Bob Ross videos, as they didn’t air in my country. I didn’t really know much about him but I decided to give him a chance on YouTube. I decided to check him out and see what’s he all about. So I ended up watching at least 15 of them in one go. If you’d like to learn a bit more about him, you can check out this page.
His calming voice, views on life and altogether amazing personality can reach just about anybody. As a matter of fact, I used to go to an art teacher, who has a lot in common with Bob Ross in terms of mannerism. After every lesson I walked out of his studio feeling relaxed as if I had a brain massage for two hours.
“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.”
― Bob Ross
Anyway you get the point, I think that Bob Ross was an amazing man and he deserves to be remembered. Which led me to make a tribute digital painting, which I’m going to talk a little about.
- For most of the painting, I used PaintStorm Studio as it does a good job at mimicking real traditional brushes. Turns out as a contrary to my expectations it’s not easy to draw at the same pace as Bob Ross’ videos. I thought that being digital, I would be able to keep up with the master, however it did take me a few pauses and rewinds. Especially when it came to trees and “happy little bushes”. That’s where traditional painting excels because the real brush can make random patterns that took a while with a digital medium.
- The brushes I’m using in this one are mostly the stock PaintStorm ones and I’ve been tweaking their settings while drawing and recording.
- The animals I’ve picked for this one are ones that I’ve remembered Bob Ross mentioning in his series. From the YouTube videos it becomes quite apparent that The Happy Painter loves animals. Sometimes they even show cut scenes of Bob with an animal at a shelter somewhere.
If you haven’t checked out his channel on YouTube, I highly suggest you do that now. Even if painting is not your thing. Doesn’t really matter, go for it and who knows what would happen.
Finally here’s the time-lapse video:
I’m going to end this article with one of my favorite quotes:
“You don’t have to be crazy to do this…but it helps!”
― Bob Ross
For all of you watching out there, I do hope that you’ve enjoyed this little tribute of mine. I’d like to wish you happy painting and God bless, my friend.