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How to paint humpback whale with your fingers.

The humpback whale is another species threatened by global warming. Let's document her beauty on canvas.

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As usual, prime your canvas. Then put some white and a touch of blue on your fingers and scrub in your sky.

As usual, prime your canvas. Then put some white and a touch of blue on your fingers and scrub in your sky.

A touch more blue for a shade darker value and fingerpaint in your mountain range. Jagged edges, not perfect triangles!

A touch more blue for a shade darker value and fingerpaint in your mountain range. Jagged edges, not perfect triangles!

White on the fingers and add snow to the mountain. Notice how it lays on the right side of each peak.

White on the fingers and add snow to the mountain. Notice how it lays on the right side of each peak.

Now, a third darker shade of blue to add shadow on the left hand side of the peaks. Depth, son!

Now, a third darker shade of blue to add shadow on the left hand side of the peaks. Depth, son!

Scrub in your icy cold arctic water.

Scrub in your icy cold arctic water.

Add a line of titanium white between the water and the mountain with your pinky.

Add a line of titanium white between the water and the mountain with your pinky.

Add some detail to the water with all those blue values on your plate.

Add some detail to the water with all those blue values on your plate.

Bang! Whale!

Bang! Whale!

Second coat of black.

Second coat of black.

Ok, sorry - gotta use a brush now. Add splash with blue on your fan brush, then clean it and add liquid white and do the same.

Ok, sorry - gotta use a brush now. Add splash with blue on your fan brush, then clean it and add liquid white and do the same.

Hold your palette knife in one hand, and run your fan brush over the edge to spring white onto the canvas.

Hold your palette knife in one hand, and run your fan brush over the edge to spring white onto the canvas.

More spray.

More spray.

Even more spray.

Even more spray.

Sign the corner with your pinky.

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  • Canvas
  • Oil paints
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Large chip brush
  • Fan brush
  • Palette knife