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Art Masterclass - 75


December 2012

Mountain Gorilla by Daniel TaylorFrom The Leisure Painter, the monthly magazine for amateur and semi-professional painters, giving practical instruction in painting and drawing in watercolour, pastels and oils, as well as news of art events, exhibitions and competitions open to leisure artists;





Ten Top Tips from Daniel Taylor

  1. Find out more about the animal you wish to paint.
    Unless you are going to paint a domestic animal at home, by exploring your local zoo or wildlife park, reading wildlife books and watching educational programs you will be able to focus on, and study in detail the animal and its habits. Greater understanding and increased confidence in your knowledge of the subject will enable greater freedom when painting.

  2. Make sketches of your subject, from life if possible, and take photographs of the animal too.
    These reference materials will prove invaluable towards your finished painting.

  3. Lions by Daniel TaylorPreparing for your creation.
    Have a preconceived image in mind, of just how you wish to position the subject onto the illustration board. Will you paint just the face? The full body? And if you so, do you wish to include the surroundings? Then start to commit the image in your mind to sketches. I recommend creating many sketches, so have plenty of sharp pencils and paper on hand!

  4. Once satisfied with an overall sketch, transfer that image, using a soft lead pencil, onto the prepped 'gesso' illustration board.

  5. Painting with acrylics is fun, easy and they are also clean to use.
    Gather your colours and brushes and use a white plastic or porcelein dish as a palette for easy mixing and cleaning.

  6. Blocking in
    Paint the face with a dark colour (eg. brown/black) and then with a small fine brush and using a light colour paint, paint in the outline followed by the details of the face - eyes, nose, mouth, ears etc.

  7. Using a small fine or 'fan' brush, paint in the fur of the face, ensuring your brushstrokes flow in the same directions as those you see in your reference material.

  8. When face is complete begin working on the rest of the body in the same manner.

  9. Once the whole body is painted, repaint the fur with the 'true' colours you wish to use.

  10. Elephant by Daniel TaylorShade in the various areas with a washes of darker and lighter paint. Work on the eyes and then proceed to the background.
    Complete the animals' surrounding as you wish it to be portrayed.

You have now created your very own masterpiece. Enjoy!

This feature was taken from The Leisure Painter, subscription information can be found here.



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