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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Jul-19 > Animals from life

Animals from life

Part 5 Use colour creatively and be bold with your brushstrokes as you paint a green iguana in pen and wash, with Liz Chaderton
These giant tortoises were flaked out under their heat lamp – unfortunately not offering a very good angle to sketch

Last month we explored working up zoo sketches of birds using traditional watercolour on a collaged background. In this month’s demonstration I want to show you how to capture a rather gorgeous iguana (opposite) using pen and wash.

From giant Galapagos tortoises (left) to scary crocodiles, reptiles offer all sorts of possibilities for the zoo sketcher. They are often fairly sedentary, which means that as long as you can see their heat lamp, you will have a cooperative subject for your study. They tend to be housed indoors, making them ideal subjects for winter sketching and, of course, they exhibit beautiful textures and markings.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter. LP is aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to paint successfully using traditional skills, and features some of the best-known art tutors in the UK. This month you will find David Bellamy discussing how to be a more creative watercolourist with the use of collage, mediums, printing and more. Tim Fisher continues his personal look at colours, with a demonstration on how he uses orange lead pastel in his work. Colin Joyce introduces this month's painting project from the road, as he introduces readers to stunning scenery from the NC500 route in Scotland. There are also demonstrations and tutorials in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, coloured pencil and oils, and a beginner's look at painting on silk, covering all your favourite subjects: landscapes, flowers, trees, figures, wildlife, still life and more.