Big Nose Buddies Fantasy Series: Ogre Tutorial

The dragon isn't the only ornery critter people are concerned about in fantasies. There are plenty of other cantankerous creatures, such as today's grumpy, green ogre. If you'd rather have a happy ogre, just adjust the tilt of his eyebrows, and you'll give him a happy persona instead. 


Light green face paint (TAG)
Medium green face paint (TAG)
Yellow face paint (TAG)
Pearl lilac/light purple face paint (TAG or Kryvaline)
Blue face paint (Paradise or TAG)
Orange face paint (TAG)
White face paint (Wolfe)
Black face paint (Diamond FX)
Bubble stencil (BAM1011)
Reptile stencil (HAS)
#2 round brush
Filbert brush
#4 round brush


Begin by loading your filbert brush with light and medium green and create the bottom of the ogre's face, keeping the dark green to the outside. 

Make a smaller oval for the nose and sponge some yellow into the center to give it a highlighted appearance. 

With a round brush, create the eye shapes over the nose, and using a round or small filbert, then complete the green head above the eyes. You can also add hands on either side of the ogre at this stage. 

Sponge the background with pearl lilac or light purple. Then use a small round brush to add bushy, orange hair to the ogre.

With a sponge and the BAM1011 bubble stencil, add blue dots to the background area. Then take the #2 round brush and add the outline and details to the rest of the figure. 

Complete the design by adding white highlights, dots, and starbursts. Add little bumps all over his nose if you want him to look especially ogre-y. 

I left the eyes incomplete because I wanted you to see the difference the eyebrows make. If you want a happy ogre, use two inverted curves. If you want a grumpy ogre, make two lines that dip down and meet in the middle. 

Enjoy your own ogres, and happy painting!

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in Elgin, Illinois, and her artwork has appeared in The Colored Palette and SkinMarkz magazines. She services Elgin, Illinois, the NW Chicago suburbs, and northern Chicago, as well as the eastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials. 

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