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Wild about watercolour

Why would you choose watercolour for sketching and painting wildlife? Wildlife artist, Julia Cassels extols the virtues of her favourite medium


Elephant sketches, watercolour on Saunders Waterford 140lb NOT watercolour sketchbook


How to add movement and life to your sketches of animals

Practise wet-in-wet watercolour technique

Watercolour is perhaps the most immediate and exciting of all paint media. No other pigment compares in pure luminosity and clarity of colour. The joy in watercolour lies in the way it captures a mood and evokes an atmosphere through its wondrous loose translucent washes, colours blurring effortlessly together, and sharp, hard or deliciously soft edges. It can have a sublime delicacy of an almost ethereal quality yet pack a punch, too. In this way, watercolour is unique.

Why watercolour?

Some media lend themselves better than others to the description of movement, and watercolour is definitely the best for painting the fleeting quality of light on a landscape, patterns of light and shadow falling across the back of a moving animal, and the distorted chaos of disturbed water as a bird rises in flight.

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About Leisure Painter

Have fun as you learn to paint with Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's magazine offers step-by-step demonstrations, tutorials, projects from photographs, illustrated techniques and tips and techniques for painting with watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastel, coloured pencils, ink and other drawing media. Find out how to paint seasonal landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, flowers and figures. There's also an article on mindful drawing techniques and one artist's experience of painting a large-scale mural on a remote tropical island. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.