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Basic Bird Painting Techniques

Basic Bird Painting Techniques

We often hear about the benefits of learning human anatomy to draw people more accurately, so why not apply the same principle to drawing animals? Jun Pierre Shiozawa has a thorough 90-minute Etchr Studio class where he explains the anatomy of birds. Birds are more simply shaped than other animals, so this is a great place to learn animal anatomy. Let's follow his advice and see what we make!  Basic Shapes   Bird anatomy can be reduced to an egg shape, a sphere for the head, little circles where the feet wrap around the perch, and approximate lines for everything else....

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Paint a Seaside Landscape with Gouache in 8 Steps

Paint a Seaside Landscape with Gouache in 8 Steps

If you’ve ever wanted to paint a seascape in gouache but have no idea where to start, artist Sergio Lopez has your back! In this workshop, he shows clear steps on how to progress from blocking in shapes to adding details for a cohesive and strong seaside composition. Step 1: Preparations To follow along, you’ll need" a cold press A4 watercolour sketchbook, gouache paints, a palette, a ¾”, ½”, and ¼” flat brush, a size 3 round brush, a ¾” Grainer brush, 2 containers of water, and paper towels. You should also use artist’s tape to tape the edges of your sketchbook...

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How to Enhance Your Art with Golden Watercolours

How to Enhance Your Art with Golden Watercolours

Gold watercolours behave quite differently from regular watercolours, but it doesn’t take long to figure them out once you know a few tricks. Once you master gold watercolours, the question is: How best to use them? Painting as usual and then adding gold sparkles here and there might look a bit tacky, so you want to plan to include the metallic paints. Jill Gustavis explores the world of metallic paint in her excellent 90-minute class, and we’re going to take a little preview right now to see how it all works. Before we begin, let’s briefly discuss how gold watercolour...

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How to Add Texture to Watercolour Paintings Using Household Items

How to Add Texture to Watercolour Paintings Using Household Items

Bored of using your paintbrush to paint? Or perhaps you’re looking to incorporate new textures and shapes into your paintings. Either way, here are some household items you probably have lying around (or are headed for the trash) that you can use to create some unusual textures! Foam Net Foam nets or foam fruit wrappers are those squishy nets you sometimes find that are wrapped around fruits that are easily bruised, like apples and peaches. They’re usually discarded pretty quickly, but you can try painting with them first! All you have to do is cut out the size you want...

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Paint Bright Mushrooms with Mixed Media in 10 Steps

Paint Bright Mushrooms with Mixed Media in 10 Steps

It’s fall now in the Northern Hemisphere, and with the cold and damp weather come mushrooms! If you’re looking to spice up your botanical paintings, mushrooms are a great subject because they have many unique colours and shapes. Today, we’re painting a fly agaric mushroom, which is perhaps the most recognizable of all mushrooms. We’ll be following a 90-minute class from the incredible painter Lene Myhre, so we’re learning from the best. Let’s begin! Step 1: Lines If you’re looking at a reference photo now and getting overwhelmed by all the differently shaped tiny dots on the mushroom, remember that...

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Watercolour Floral Branches in 7 Steps

Watercolour Floral Branches in 7 Steps

Make a branch bloom with cherry blossoms in this tutorial with artist Jola Sopek! In a playful yet relatively realistic way, she shows how easy it can be to paint flowers, so if you love a bit of botany, feel free to practice along. Step 1: Quick Branch Sketch For this painting, you’ll need a sheet of A4 cold press watercolour paper, a sheet of scrap watercolour paper, a pencil, a kneaded eraser, watercolour paints (Jola has Etchr’s set of 24 watercolours), a palette, a size 8 and a size 1 round brush, two or three containers of water, and paper...

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