My Starry Night




Introduction: My Starry Night

About: Master student Industrial Design & Science Education and Communication at Eindhoven University of Technology

This is an art assignment I made last year. You had to pick a famous painting and replicate it, but with two options:
1: an exact replica
2: using different materials and techniques.

So, after a bit of looking at paintings, I decided to go for Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, my favorite painting by one of my favorite painters.

Since I really wanted to give this painting my personal touch, I decided to go for option two. But, that gave me second choice: Which materials and techniques?

I don't have a large amount of pictures to choose from as I usually can, because when I was starting with this project I wasn't thinking about making an instructable of it. The instructable will show the steps I took to get to my end result.

I hope you like it!

Original painting image from wikipedia.

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Step 1: I Used...

an HB pencil
coloured pencils
a pen
A3 sized paper

Step 2: Dividing

Since I couldn't choose which technique I wanted to use, I divided the painting in four parts, all four of them to be worked out differently. I didn't want to have the parts directly next to each other so I first divided the paper in four and then I drew a rectangle in the middle of each of those four parts.

Step 3: Printing the Painting

Next up was printing out the painting as big as possible on a regular A4 paper.

After printing it, I divided it in four, just as the paper.

Step 4: Drawing

Using the HB pencil, I drew the painting one part at the time, focussing at the big lines to keep it manageable :)

As you can see, the dimensions of the painting and the paper weren't the same, that's why there are lines at the outside of each part, I've drawn these a way they could have continued.

Step 5: Different Techniques

Now that I got the basic drawing, what was left was the techniques I wanted to work them out with. I decided to gog for the following four:

- coloured pencils
- coloured fine-liners
- black fine-liner
- pen

I didn't just want to use any technique on a part. The upper right part needed soft, swirly colors, so I went for coloured pencils. The bottom right part didn't need colour but did need detail and shadows, so I chose the pen. The other two, both made with fine liners, were chosen because of the other two techniques. I put the black fine-liner next to the colored, swirly upper right part and the coloured fine-liners next to the regular pen part.

Step 6: The Borders

To make them a bit more visible, I used a grey fine-liner and a ruler to trace the borders of the parts.

Step 7: A Few Details

And that's how I made my version of the amazing painting of Vincent van Gogh!

I hope you liked it :)

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    4 years ago

    Well done! I found a coloring page image of Starry Night and this will really help. I'm not looking to create an archival quality piece of art; I just want to enjoy the process. May I ask what kind of paper you used? When I find a nice page online to print out, I'd like something a bit nicer than 20# copy paper. I have some 18# pen & marker paper, but it feels too thin and slick. Some business letterhead paper I have on hand isn't bad. I was thinking some lightweight card stock perhaps? I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is awesome! Along with your Exploding Tardis painting! Thanks for the great painting tutorials! Can't Wait to paint both of them for myself.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! Comments like this might seem simple to others, but they mean so much to me :)


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You are very much welcome, anyone who make as awesome projects as you and then takes the time to explain it to others deserves to be thanked!


    6 years ago



    6 years ago on Introduction

    This turned out great - I LOVE IT! :) Great idea..are you still taking art classes? I am currently taking drawing 2 and painting...can't get enough of either of them!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I have them at my school, this year we got to choose classes so yes I still have art classes :) We're actually just starting a really great project, first making a replica of a painting (sizes as realistic as possible) and then your own reaction to the painting, in that reaction you can basically use all the materials you want and make it how spectacular you want it to be- I can't wait!!