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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback with outlines (10 x A3 gatefolds)
  • Publication: 31 May 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920507
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £12.99

Watercolour Animals for the Absolute Beginner


by Matthew Palmer

Book Description

Best-selling author, artist and teacher Matthew Palmer shows you how to use watercolours with confidence to paint a range of animals in simple steps.

Step-by-steps and clearly explained techniques will guide beginners through the methods needed to easily and effectively paint a variety of domestic and wild animals. Matthew expertly demonstrates how to paint realistic eyes, mouths, noses, fur markings and feathers in watercolour, and clearly explains all the techniques needed for the projects, including wet into wet, lifting out, adding shadows and the all-important dry-brush blending.

Full-size, fold-out outline sketches are provided for all projects, allowing you to simply trace the sketches onto watercolour paper and start painting with ease. A clear and comprehensive colour-mixing section is included to allow you to confidently choose and mix the colours you need.

Three starter projects - a simple bird, dolphin and penguin - are the perfect introduction to the basic techniques before moving on to six larger projects, each set in a simple scene: a parrot, cheetah, panda, giraffes, sea turtle and polar bear.

Matthew includes many handy hints and tip for beginners and improving artists alike to fill you with confidence to create your own stunning watercolour animals. 

Table of Contents


Dolphin step by step
Bird step by step
Giraffe step by step
Panda step by step
Stag step by step
Dog/cat step by step
Sheep step by step


Key features
Noses and mouths
Textures and markings

The Projects
Simple bird step by step
Dolphin step by step
Penguin step by step
Parrot step by step
Cheetah/Leopard step by step
Panda step by step
Giraffes step by step
Sea turtle step by step
Polar bear step by step


About the Author

About Matthew Palmer

Matthew Palmer is a best-selling author and renowned demonstrator of watercolour painting, and his classes are particularly popular with beginners. He has been painting seriously for over twenty years and specializes in landscapes, still life and animals. He has his own studio at his home in Derbyshire, UK and teaches hundreds of people each week, as well as running watercolour workshops and holidays. He has many personal exhibitions, participates in several art shows and appears regularly on television as well as on his own internet-based art show at www.watercolour.tv

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