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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 November 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219958
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £15.99

Loose & Lively Animals in Watercolour, Inks & Mixed Media


by Jo Allsopp

Book Description

Animals are a perennial favourite amongst artists, but many struggle with capturing their form and character in a way that reflects the true spirit of the animal. In this bright, breezy and accessible book, Jo Allsopp’s genuine passion for wildlife is clear. That love is reflected in her art, and her skill at painting animals in a loose, lively and dynamic style is one that many wish to emulate.

Including a broad range of animals from around the world, giving it an international appeal everything from red squirrels, to peacocks, lions and housecats this book will appeal to both hobby artists and more advanced artists who wish to loosen up their style and take a more experimental approach to their watercolour painting. 

  • A section of inspiration and motivation follows the introduction
  • A short section on the materials is followed immediately by short practical exercises to help the reader loosen up and try things out
  • We then look at the author’s way of painting, which demystifies the process, and includes drawing techniques and information
  • Next are the projects. These are divided into two broad groups: three pure watercolour projects and nine that incorporate mixed media elements.

Jo’s main medium is watercolour, but to this she adds ink plus other media, including water-soluble and permanent pens; alcohol; gold, silver and bronze leaf; and Daler-Rowney acrylic inks. Her technique is very wet into wet, with lots of blooms, vivid colours, and striking contrasts and texture achieved by the addition of wax resist, salt, spatter and scratching out.

This book will both inspire and instruct artists on how to stunning animal paintings in a loose, fresh style. Jo uses an exciting range of art media and techniques in her work, and this is explored starting with pure watercolour and progressing through various other media to show the effects that can be achieved, and when and how to use them.

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