Mixed Media Animal Portraits
What you'll learn
- How to choose a good animal subject to paint
- How to draw accurately and judge proportions
- How to use watercolor or gouache to paint fur and other features
- How to add final details with mixed media.
- Beginning art skills
This class is dedicated to making lively, expressive, personality-filled portraits of animals, whether it’s your own pets, that goat you met at the county fair, or your favorite wild animal.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this course:
How to use either watercolor or gouache, along with mixed-media supplies like colored pencil and markers, to create portraits in your own style.
How to use measurements, grids, and negative space to get the drawing right.
How to make a “color map” with colored pencil to establish a base layer of color and value—and to get over the fear of the blank page!
Different approaches to starting a portrait, by either building up dark tones first or beginning with light washes.
Options for using pen and ink in your animal portraits
Finishing touches and texture with our mixed media supplies.
We're going to be painting dogs, cats, and...chickens! There's also a quick time-lapse demo of a giraffe portrait. I’ll provide photos for you to work from, but I also encourage you to round up your own pictures of your pets or your favorite animals.
This is a really fun, whimsical approach to making a portrait in your own style. Once you see the technique, you’ll be able to paint all your favorite animals, and make portraits to hang on the wall or give as gifts. This class is perfect for beginning and intermediate artists, but will also offer some fresh ideas to more advanced artists.
Who this course is for:
- Basic and intermediate artists
I'm the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Girl Waits with Gun. I've been a full-time author for twenty years, and in that time my books have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages.
I love talking to writers and artists, and bonding over the creative process. I started teaching so that I can inspire others to take the leap.
I believe that writing, drawing, and painting are all teachable skills. Forget about talent--it doesn't exist, and you don't need it. With some quality instruction and lots of practice, any of us can make meaningful, honest, and unique art and literature.
When I'm not writing or traveling on book tour, I'm painting and drawing in ink, watercolor, gouache, and oil. Come find me on my website or on Instagram to stay connected.