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Bunny Rock Painting Tutorial – Manga Style Rabbit

This bunny rock painting tutorial is sure to get the “awws” and would make a great addition to any rock collection. Get the full rock painting tutorial and learn some tips on drawing Manga style animals.

bunny rock painting on white marble

 

Manga Style Rabbit Rock Painting

I love drawing but honestly, I’m a work in progress and so is my art. It’s frustrating when the image in my mind looks nothing like what comes out on paper. But…

Recently, my daughter and I started learning to draw manga-style animals influenced heavily by Christopher Hart. Both of us are making strides and I thought I’d share this adorable Easter bunny rock painting tutorial with you.

Psst: if you’re a visual learner, scroll down to the bunny rock painting tutorial video.

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Materials for Easter Bunny Rock Painting

  • A rock
  • Posca paint pens (our favorites)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Optional: ModPodge and Polyurethane sealant

Manga Bunny Rock Instructions

Step 1 – Sketch the face.

Start with the ears – your choice, one floppy and one straight, both straight – it doesn’t matter. Just know you might have to adjust in the next step, depending on the size of your head.

Speaking of the head, create a circle for it – we will be adding the puffy cheeks later. Adjust the ears, if necessary. The benefit of this design is that it’s such a simple rock painting idea that you can customize!

how to draw manga style rabbit

Now that you have the head and ears, create guidelines for the eyes, nose, and mouth. I create a vertical center line (sometimes a bit off-center if the head is turned) and two horizontal lines for the eyes.

Draw tombstone-shaped eyes which start at the bottom horizontal guideline and reach up to the top horizontal guideline. Try to get them even, but don’t fret – art isn’t the pursuit of perfection. And because this is a rock painting tutorial…

Next, draw a rough outline in the shape of a triangle (or heart) for the nose. Lightly approximate the mouth – I used two half-circles for a smiling mouth, but know that you could also have the Easter bunny (or just a plain ‘ol rabbit) with an open mouth and a little tongue peeking through.

I chose to add a little coloring for our rabbit rock painting, so I sketched out the eye patches (I saw this in Christopher Hart’s book – love it!).

Flare the cheeks by drawing them out to a point and lining them up with the base of the head.

Step 2 – Apply the first paint layer.

I like to start with the lightest color so I can let it dry and build on it. I filled in the top center of the face with white paint pen. Just a tip: to make it look like fur at the top, use short strokes without coloring it in.

blend paint to look like fur

Because I wanted to blend the white face into the center of the ears, I use the brown to color the ears and quickly blended with a thin paintbrush.

Fill in the rest of the face (including any markings). Use a brush to blend or soften the strokes.

Next, fill in the eyes. Start with the lids, then move to the large reflection. I find it’s easier to add the reflection first and build around it than it is to color white on black. I’m lazy. Once the reflections are done, create the pupil and then add the color. Add another reflection in the opposite lower corner of the eye. Mine are not symmetrical – oops.

Paint manga style eyes on the rabbit rock

Eyebrows and outlines are next up. The only tip here is to keep things as even as you can.

Color the pink nose (I blended red and white) and add in a smiling (or open) mouth.

Now, it’s time to touch up any area (I added more to the white face to fill some gaps) and added another layer to the outline to really make it pop.

If you’d like, sign, date, and tag the rock before moving onto the next step.

outline the painted rock rabbit

Step 3 – Protect

Cover anything painted with a light coat of ModPodge. Don’t do a lot of working on top of the paint here because it will run.

Once the ModPodge has dried, coat the rock in a layer (or 3) of polyurethane to seal and protect.

Yield: 1 bunny rock painting

Bunny Rock Painting Tutorial - Manga Style Rabbit

Bunny Rock Painting Tutorial - Manga Style Rabbit

This bunny rock painting tutorial is sure to get the "awws" and would make a great addition to any rock collection.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • A rock
  • Posca paint pens (our favorites)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Optional: ModPodge and Polyurethane sealant

Instructions

  1. Sketch the face. Start with the ears- your choice, one floppy and one straight, both straight - it doesn't matter. Just know you might have to adjust in the next step, depending on the size of your head.
  2. Speaking of the head, create a circle for it - we will be adding the puffy cheeks later. Adjust the ears, if necessary. The benefit of this design is that it's such a simple rock painting idea that you can customize!
  3. Now that you have the head and ears, create guidelinesfor the eyes, nose, and mouth. I create a vertical center line (sometimes a bit off-center if the head is turned) and two horizontal lines for the eyes.
  4. Draw tombstone-shaped eyeswhich start at the bottom horizontal guideline and reach up to the top horizontal guideline. Try to get them even, but don't fret - art isn't the pursuit of perfection. And because this is a rock painting tutorial…
  5. Next, draw a rough outline in the shape of a triangle (or heart) for the nose. Lightly approximate the mouth - I used two half-circles for a smiling mouth, but know that you could also have the Easter bunny (or just a plain 'ol rabbit) with an open mouth and a little tongue peeking through.
  6. I chose to add a little coloring for our rabbit rock painting, so I sketched out the eye patches.
  7. Flare the cheeks by drawing them out to a point and lining them up with the base of the head.
  8. Apply first paint layer. I like to start with the lightest color so I can let it dry and build on it. I filled in the top center of the face with white paint pen. Just a tip: to make it look like fur at the top, use short strokes without coloring it in.
  9. Because I wanted to blend the white face into the center of the ears, I use the brown to color the ears and quickly blendedwith a thin paintbrush.
  10. Fill in the rest of the face (including any markings). Use a brush to blend or soften the strokes.
  11. Next, fill in the eyes. Start with the lids, then move to the large reflection. I find it's easier to add the reflection first and build around it than it is to color white on black. I'm lazy. Once the reflections are done, create the pupil and then add the color. Add another reflection in the opposite lower corner of the eye.
  12. Eyebrows and outlinesare next up. The only tip here is to keep things as even as you can.
  13. Color the pink nose (I blended red and white) and add in a smiling (or open) mouth.
  14. Now, it's time to touch upany area (I added more to the white face to fill some gaps) and added another layer to the outline to really make it pop.
  15. If you'd like, sign, date, and tag the rockbefore moving onto the next step.
  16. Protect the art. Cover anything painted with a light coat of ModPodge. Don't do a lot of working on top of the paint here because it will run.
  17. Once the ModPodge has dried, coat the rock in a layer (or 3) of polyurethaneto seal and protect.

Notes

For more rock painting ideas, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots.

Did you make this?

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Video: Easter Bunny Rock Painting in Manga Style

We filmed a video to help those of us who like to learn that way. And if you’re interested in learning via video, subscribe to the Ruffles and Rain Boots YouTube channel.

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Leslie

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I think my girls are going to have a LOT of fun rock painting this spring and summer. This is just the cutest!

Janine Huldie

Friday 2nd of March 2018

OK, this is seriously adorable. As you know my girls love rock painting. So, pinned to try with them when I can now. Thanks :)

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