DOES THIS MAKE ME AN ARTIST? – My First “Real” Painting

DOES THIS MAKE ME AN ARTIST? – My First “Real” Painting

Today I’m finally going to become a real artist. That’s right. I’m going to be doing- Doing a painting on canvas. I’m excited. And scared. But as excited as I am to get started I need to do a little bit of research, and I’m going to be doing that with the sponsor of this video, you guessed it, Skillshare. At least with Skillshare I can make some well-informed garbage and mistakes. Isn’t that right Sock Kasey? Alright Sock Kasey, tell me what makes Skillshare the best online learning community with over 25,000 classes in art, design,
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[The Sock] Yeah! I also heard that the first 500 subscribers who click a link in the description get a free two month trial. Wow It is seriously convenient having all the information I needed to start my acrylic painting on canvas in one little package thanks to Malcolm Dewey. He talked about materials composition color and yet I still managed to create garbage. Trying a new medium is so much easier with Skillshare because I know what the heck I’m doing. I mean, I still have to practice but at least I’m informed. So let’s get to painti- Oh, Sock Kasey… You’re still here? [The Sock: Very funny.] So before I got painting I needed to sketch some ideas because before you start painting you need to know what you’re painting first. So going into this. I knew I wanted to do something with maybe a little bit of a background. I really wanted to create an environment. just something with a mood and nature, and something mysterious because that’s what I really like about paintings. I like if you go in a somewhat realistic way and then you just add an element of mystery or an element of… mystical, magical- Oh, fantasy, I think fantasy is the word I’m looking for. So just something everyday normal nature with just a little bit of something that just makes you look at it and go “Hey, what’s the what’s the story here?” Because as you guys know with my art, I’m always looking to add a story or just an element of Storytelling or- I just- I just want something there that makes you think, you know, “What’s going on?” Not just you know some trees and grass and think “Hey, look there’s there’s planet earth being… nature and stuff.” So I started off with a variety of ideas and honestly what I ended up settling with was the most easiest or I guess the simple idea because this is my first acrylic on canvas painting and honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m really new to the medium. I’m not a professional by any means I am definitely a newbie. And although I do want to end up painting all of these ideas eventually, I just thought it would be the easiest to go with the easiest one because like I said I don’t know what I’m doing and if I push myself to do too complicated of a piece right off the bat, I think it would scare me away from the medium and so I sketched all of these ideas. Again all kind of, you know, revolving around nature and just having a few elements of mystery, like a creature or someone going on an adventure And yeah, I really want to end up painting a lot of these later. I’ll probably do all of these off-camera at some point because when I did get down to painting the one that I did choose there was just a lot of pressure to, I don’t know be on camera and it was scary. So I had all of my ideas all nature-based. They all were kind of on a simple side. But again you know ,as I said five thousand times in the past minute, I didn’t want to push myself too hard with a new medium because I didn’t know what I was doing. But I was excited. So I narrowed them down to the easiest to more complicated or questionable and I chose which sketch I was going to go with. Once I chose which piece I wanted to go with I decided to add a few additional details or try to narrow it down with what I wanted to do because I wasn’t really a hundred percent on board with, this like, wormy creature going up this tree. So I thought maybe just creating a more detailed yet also civil creature on the tree would be ideal, maybe like a dragon, and then later I thought well “Maybe if someone was climbing up the tree and there was a dragon like peeking down onto the tree that would be really interesting and then we could see like a dragon in the background.” And then I also did a little bit of color mock-up and then I was ready to jump in. So when I started I thought I would pencil in what I was going to do and as I was penciling in the one thing, which was the tree, I realized “Oh right. Acrylic is super opaque. It’s not transparent and once I paint over this sketch I’m not going to see anything.” And when you paint you want to start off with the background and work forward because you are painting things on top so you’re layering things, and if you start with things near the front of the image, you’re going to have to work around What is on top. So… I did start off sketching. Thankfully, I just did the trunk of the tree and I realized “This is… pointless.” So I started off by sketching this gradient of a sky and later on you will notice that the color of this gradient background changes because I completely do the gradient background and then I painted a tree that I absolutely hated. So going into this acrylic painting, there was a few things that I really wanted to embrace about this being a different medium than what I’m used to. So like watercolor. With watercolor I am able to do line art which- I mean you can do line art with acrylic, but I really wanted to embrace the strokes of the painting and just seeing the texture and maybe being a little abstract. So when I started off with the tree, it just wasn’t turning out how I liked and I hated it so I completely repainted over the tree with another gradient and… basically started over. Which kind of sucked but honestly I did like the more dull sky colors, and I did want a more rough and brushstrokey gradient.
(🎶Dance Kasey, Dance.🎶) So I did get that result by doing it over, but my god, the gradient sky took the absolute longest. So I was kind of bummed about we’re having to redo that but I guess it was for the best. So painting the gradient sky took the absolute longest time because, you guys, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. But honestly I was really happy with the result of this really simple sky gradient. So I was ready to move on to the tree and I mounted my iPhone on top of the easel. So this is what you were looking at This is just a really silly view because honestly you guys I don’t know how to record a canvas painting. So if there is any particular view that you found the most useful or the most interesting or just the best view, let me know the time stamp because I was really experimenting with all sorts of views.
The views on this video just keep changing because I just had no idea how to film or the best view or what to do. I think my main focus was not recording from the right side because I was scared that my right arm was going to cover up what I was doing. I’m just so used to doing very small 8 by 10 Illustrations with watercolor and my arm covers up like half of an 8 by 10 illustration, but then later on in this video I do record from the right side, and because I’m working on a 24 by 36, my arm barely covers up anything because this is a huge canvas. So lesson learned. So yeah. Let me know if there is any particular view. Give me the time stamp and I will try to keep that in mind for future paintings, because I’m definitely going to be doing more paintings. Recording aside, I had an absolute blast painting this. There were a lot of struggles. I learned a lot but overall, I had a lot of fun with this. And for my first painting I’m not super mad about it, but also it looks like something you would find in a high school painting art room. Personally, obviously because this is my first painting on a canvas, I never took any traditional painting classes in high school or even in college. So this is actually my first experience painting something so big and especially painting anything acrylics. My first experience with acrylics was painting over thrift art in a video a few weeks ago. So that’s my first and only experience and then I decided to just jump into this 24 by 36 painting situation and I tried to keep it a little abstract. I know it kind of looks like I tried to shoot for realism, but realism was just not my goal. I wanted to see if my sort of cartoony and simple style translated into acrylic painting and I think the combination of wanting to play around with texture of the paint and brush and also gradienting that I don’t normally do made it look like that I was trying to go for a realism style, which is not what I was going for. So it makes it look like really bad realism, when in reality I was still trying to go for that simple illustration style that I do with watercolor but also trying to embrace texture. So things got a little weird looking which is why I restarted the painting because it just looked like a really bad attempt at realism which isn’t what I was going for. So I restarted and followed the sketch as closely as I could but also trying to embrace that texture and things were looking good. However, with all of that said, I think in the future with this really heavy bodied acrylic I do want to work more abstract. So I think when I was trying to embrace my illustrative style with acrylic painting, especially this like heavy bodied acrylic painting, It just wasn’t working out. It was really hard to get fine strokes, even though I added a thinning agent to it. It was still just really thick and gloopy and hard to do what I wanted and I think in the end, I just need to embrace this really thick bbstract chunky painting that you get with acrylic. And that’s exactly what I want to do in the future I want to do a few portraits maybe with my OC’s or maybe me my husband and my cats, but I want to work with shapes. I want to use the pallet knives more to just apply chunks of color and shade and just really embrace this whole painting thing. I really want to work more loosely, which is very unusual for me because with my watercolor illustrations I’m very controlling and I like things to be clean and I use a lot of line art to contain shapes, but I really just like want to let loose and embrace this whole painting thing. So hopefully between now and my next painting I am going to do a little bit more experimenting and just try to get as loose as possible and embrace this whole painting thing. Though I will say one detail I absolutely loved about this particular painting is with the black dragon figure. I went through the body and did different strokes to represent scale textures. So you can’t really see it through these faraway shots, but close-up I try to show it. I use the strokes of the painting and the texture of the paint to create scales. Which is something you can’t do with watercolors. So I really enjoyed that and it’s something that I want to play around with in the future and overall I just wanted to play around with vague shapes and strokes and not make a super clean Illustration like I would with my watercolor. In the end I do think that the tree itself was too thin and fine and with this sketch It was a lot thicker and took up more room of the canvas, so there is a lot more blank space in this canvas. And just overall. I think there’s a lot that I needs to work on. So there’s just, like I said, a lot of blank space. That’s very boring. If there’s one thing I could add to this painting it would definitely be a mountain in the background but because I already painted on the tree it would be such a pain to paint the mountain in the background. So I don’t know, lesson learned, I guess? In this sketch it was definitely zoomed in a lot more, so that’s definitely something that I need to work on. I think I was just really nervous and I made a lot of mistakes. So hopefully in the future I can overcome that fear. But overall I think for my first acrylic painting it wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either. And yeah, I hope you guys enjoyed this. Let me know on camera locations because I just don’t know what the heck- I don’t know how to do it. It’s- This is a new thing both with painting and recording. But yeah, overall, I feel okay about this. [Music] And there you go.
There is my very first acrylic painting. I don’t think it was so bad… I mean, thanks to skill sharing things were probably easier. Make sure you click the link in the description if you want to get your free trial and I will see you guys in the- And what? What? This lil- This little guy? You want- You want this little guy? I mean if you really want one I’m giving one away for free. Click a link in the description, and I will see you guys in the next video. Bye. [Music]


  • AS says:

    A tip for working with acrylics is to do a tonal layer first, as in dilute the colours and plan out the darkest areas and the lightest areas roughly using the colours you plan to use. Learnt this in RISD and is one of the most helpful tips I ever learnt

  • YourDadIsIzzy says:

    I was terrified to try out your regular medium, so it's interesting for you to be trying out mine.

  • Wack the Quack says:

    That faint "yaa" from socc Kasey just filled the whole void in my soul

  • Liv Smith says:

    I like the left & right views of the cam, the upward view is kinda confusing to me.

  • Ninja Kat says:

    tbh, i liked seeing multiple different angles in the same video
    but if i had to pick a favorite id say from the right looked nice 13:16

  • Silver Warrior says:

    Art isnt just done on a canvas, lol, Ima say alot of mediums of art cus why not

    Painting on canvas, Painting on paper, Water Painting, Graphiti painting, Painting pots, Pot making, Architecture Art, Modern art, Clay Art, Rock Sculptures(not chiseled just natural rocks),Sculpting, Ice Sculpting, Pencil Sketch, Pen art, Charcoal art, Marker art, Digital Art.


  • Ur Gal Kae says:

    What’s on your arm?

  • Chris Durso says:

    What I usually do is paint the back round then draw over the sketch

    Edit: for the camera location 13:13 was the best which was the right

  • Toby Bowling says:

    just a little tip ive found helpful, add linseed oil to you white and applies it to the canvases before. that will allow you to blend and make the paints less gloopy.

  • Grumpy Kitty says:

    Have you read the Hilda comic series? It’s totally your style of art!

  • Pixie Treelord says:

    All the concepts looked amazing and adorable and I hope you make them all

  • Courtney Jean Lynch says:

    love this it came out awesome! if you need more video ideas, i’d love to see you follow a bob ross painting tutorial!! 🙏🏻❤️

  • Laura Myers says:

    If your gradients with acrylic are making your head spin because they are not smooth enough I totally feel you, if your using water based paints try mixing a little water in to make them thinner and it will be less of a headache hopefully and easier to blend! I love your art style and am glad I found your channel, I hope this helps, or at least a little bit <3

  • La Oreganitah says:

    I Love you art💕

  • essy sadè says:

    8:12 best view

  • Digitalgomez says:

    You did a beautiful piece of 4 rooms… I am going to recreated it in 3d. Let the timer start now! You are amazing by the way! If you didnt know already

  • Leafy Potato says:

    I think its very nice! It helps to paint around a very light sketch but you did an amazing job!

  • Clover Ebbott says:

    7.31 is da best 4 me love u kasey❤️

  • Clover Ebbott says:

    You should also try to make an animated short film with your signature characters!

  • Nichole Thomas says:

    I liked the jumping around of the camera
    If you could only have one angle I would say the right side view

  • Sammy says:

    Maybe you should have used a smaller canvas for your first try…less intimidating 😊

  • Isabelle Sharp says:

    The fourth idea looked sort of like Shrek's house and I love that

  • T {'.'} Z says:


  • jellow cat says:

    I would buy that painting and put it in
    My room

  • DemiArt16 says:

    7:38, and 12:40 are some of my favorite camera views.

  • Muath Al-Daboos says:

    OMG!!!! I’m also type one diabetic!!!! I have that sensor on my arm and this crap is so dame annoying it’s about to pop of and it’s scary to put it back on I don’t feel when the put is on but I’m just not liking it and my mom wants me to eat healthy and I’m not really into that but it’s cool that one of my most favorite arts’s is just like me can’t you make and art peace for it that

  • Le Viewer says:

    I really like the angle at 13:15
    And the close-ups at 13:20–14:00

  • Chyna Fitzsimmons says:

    I like the camera location at 13:15

  • DottyFruit101 says:

    This is so good!!! Also the last camera position was the best for me❤️👌(why ur art so good tho😭)

  • Caitlyn Singh says:

    I used to always do my art in acrylic and I hated it but after I started watching your channel I saw how awesome watercolor looked so I started to use them and I fell in love. You have helped me alot in developing my art and have influenced and guided me more than you know. I am unbelievably grateful. You are amazing and I love you

  • Ebony BubbleTea says:

    I found you on overcooked

  • cough cough says:

    oh god s a m e honestly
    when my art teacher wanted us to paint with acrylics on canvas i was s carEd because im ususally just fixed to watercolor and traditional sketching because its easier lmaO

  • Artistic_Stingray says:

    I like the top half of the painting lmao

  • Mackerachi says:

    I liked the camera view from the left. I find the right had a bit of glare, and top down is just… dizzying. Haha! I water my paint down a little (just like the amount of water that is left on the brush after washing it) because I really dislike gloopy acrylic. I find it helps from drying out and gives me the consistency I like painting with. It took me a little while to figure out how I liked it the best, but I would try experimenting with it. I haven't had any issues in the many years I've painted in acrylic with using water to thin the paint. I would also suggest a wider range of brush sizes. I also find I have to rotate the canvas to get crisp lines, so that will depend on if/when you want to have crisp/brushy lines.

  • Sierra Hall says:

    I actually love how this turned out and the composition! It’s reminds me of the illustrations from one of my favorite childhood books. Ever heard of the Paper Bag Princess? Cute book. I think the only angle I didn’t like was the above angle.

  • Derpymuffins says:

    7:40 is a good shot

  • Da Panda says:

    7:31 I think is the best angle

  • Michael Manalo says:

    Try hard

  • Hannah Herkimer says:

    7:33 was the best view ^^

  • Valerie Lloyd says:

    This is the first video of yours I've watched (after the recommendation of a friend) and I didn't know you were diabetic omg :') I have the same libre sensor on my arm and watching you paint with it visible made me really happy. Instant subscribe!!

  • Perec Jenő says:

    It’s the first vid im watching from u and I noticed that freestyle libre on your arm. Do you have T1D too? :O

  • Mr says:

    Omg socky Kasey cameo! Best suprise every 😍

  • Kylie Fenick says:

    I think the angle you did during 7:48 is good

  • Kylie Fenick says:

    And just so you know, this is way better than I could've done and it looks AMAZING!!!!

  • invader cre says:

    In 4:56 or 12:25 is the good camera view.

  • potato queen says:

    When I first read this I thought it said that u are having a baby…

    I was like ○Ô○

  • Emma V says:

    I love how she says she doesn’t know what she is doing but it’s better than any of my painting 😄

  • Ainsley Hayes says:

    I suggest painting on a small canvas then moving to big. And if you want to do realistic I started by just seeing how colors would mix. I also suggest doing a line art after the background dries

  • Alyson Geib says:

    As someone who primarily works in acrylic, this video is cringy. Not in a bad way but more of a “holy crap I remember when I used acrylic like that” kinda way. You can make the paint work to your advantage with a spray bottle.

    I love the concept of this piece though! Adorable!

  • Sparking _Creations says:

    12:52 was the best angle(for me at least).

  • ツGUCCI PEACH says:

    I always paint on a canvas XD
    I have never painted on a piece of paper

  • NikaSensei says:

    I like the camera over your right shoulder. The camera was far enough away to see the entire painting (with no warping, compared to the other two shots), and it was cool to see how your arm and hand move as you made strokes. So I'd actually prefer to see you paint from that angle!!

  • Owen Riis says:

    I liked all views except for the top of canvas facing down one

  • Itz_Anne XD says:

    Here's a Question UwU

    Are you a natural Red/orange Head (aka Red head :p)

  • Gary Bishop says:

    Cartoony diabetic artists unite! Love your work 😀 Glad to see another creative diabetic out there!

  • nate lee says:

    wow… I always thought Kasey would have more booty.

  • Amiee Morgan says:

    Love this painting, looks amazing!

  • Ruby Mix says:


  • u. o. says:

    Hope you post more canvas painting and painting on thrift shop art videos

  • Mr. Weeb says:

    Your already an artist, because an artist is just someone who makes something beautiful In a medium their familiar with, which is you

  • Nicole S says:

    It's really good! practice makes perfect!

  • Sadie M says:

    Its soo beautiful I love it

  • Basick Pot8o says:

    Omg why did i think kasey was gonna reveal she was pregnant 😂😂😂

  • l.b. says:

    My advice: Using a much bigger brush for the background will take less time. 😉

  • Kaylak McClain says:

    What?! Sis is a T1D!?! You should make a video using diabetes as a prompt! It would give you a chance to share your experience, especially because there is almost no representation in media. Love your videos, and I’m always here to support!

  • Hayden Rozier says:

    I like the right-side view.

  • angelo antolin says:

    I kinda like the view at 12:26

  • Jackie says:

    No you’ll never be a real artist


  • Tracy Heistand says:


  • Caitlyn Andrews says:

    i love that youre branching out into new mediums!! if you would feel comfortable, i would love to see you try out oil paints, they stay wet longer and dont dry quite as quick as acrylics and watercolor, but theyre fun to play with in the beginning when you get to play with the thickness!

  • Alexander Shep says:

    hey i have that sensor!

  • Ten nelle says:

    I like the angle at 13:13

  • Tabitha Rios says:


  • Mabel Brown says:

    From the left side or right side behind 👍

  • Sash 48 says:

    I honestly like the camera angle from the right side, since it seemed to show the whole piece when you stepped away, it also me a bob ross vibe for some reason.

  • zoe fischer says:


  • Claire Chu says:

    Whenever artist say that it's their first time painting with acrylic, oil etc. I'm like, "It's really your first time?…" My jaw drop because it's way better than what I can paint even though I have a been painting for quite a while.

  • The Emerald says:

    13 13

  • Georgia PlaysRoblox says:

    How much was the canvas?

  • Damien Kootstra says:

    Strap a camera to your chest best way👌

  • Selrisitai says:

    Is that a thing to check your blood sugar on your arm? How loud did you scream when your boyfriend/husband skewered you? UGGH!

  • Lauren 88 says:


  • unicorn master 123 says:

    13:16 is good for me kasey

  • Nightshade says:

    i am almost distracted by how attractive that shade of green is

  • nani says:

    I liked the right anglr

  • Leopard Kate says:

    7:33 was the best view🤩

    You should do
    ATTEMPT a bob ross tutorial 🤣😂

  • Huey Sadness says:

    12:34 is my preferred camera angle if I'm being completely honest. Also some constructive criticism (please don't hate me for this) but i find that buying duplicate brushes and cutting them at different angle i can get various textures using the same brush type. This usually helps make thinner lines, sharper angles, and sometimes better gradients.

  • SunriseShine88 -Tori- says:

    I have tried acrylic several times but your first is still better than my most recent XD

  • CloudFalconPlayz ! says:

    oKay! I’ve seen people asking “what’s that thing on your arm??”

    To everyone, she’s a diabetic it’s a glucose monitor so she doesn’t need to prick her finger.

  • Hana R. says:

    I don’t know why but you remind me of my art teacher soo much. THATS A GOOD THING SHES AWESOME U BOTH ARE 😭

  • missapril0011 says:

    You should try following a Bob Ross tutorial. It would make a good video idea. 😊

  • Alissa Maxwell says:

    Whimsical is the word you were looking for. 😉

  • Paris Kumar says:

    7:40 was a good view^^ it turned out so good😍

  • Lou lovespurplehummingbirds says:

    Hi kasey it was great to see you experiment. I really like the youtubers The artsherpa and Angela Anderson who do acrylic art. They both use chalk on top of painted background to sketch their design. Artsherpa uses a pencil sharpener to get a point on chalk. You just have to be careful what colour chalk you use as it can alter the paint colour. Hope this helps you : )

  • EYESAH TUFFS says:

    I'm sorry but does high school work look bad or something

  • Vello says:

    I like the view at 8:16

  • Bonzulac says:

    At first I was impressed that she was doing a split-screen with Sock Kasey and then Sock Kasey didn't really talk and I realized it was probably just Dave.

  • dnice1 says:

    That sock be scaring me because I don't understand it at allllll but I love ya sock Kasey

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