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Animals from life

Part 1 Take out your sketchbook and prepare yourself for a series of articles on how to sketch animals from life, with Liz Chaderton


Tips for sketching in public

The materials you’ll need

Techniques for sketching from life

My sketching kit, kept light and simple!

Ihave a personal rule of only painting animals I have actually seen so unless I want to paint pets and farm animals for the rest of my life, inevitably I make trips to the zoo.

If you love drawing and painting animals, there will come a time when you want to inject more life and movement into your work and you may wish to study animals from life. The feasibility of a safari or venturing into the rainforest may be prohibitive, however most of us live within a relatively short distance of an animal park that offers a fantastic resource to the artist.

It can be daunting to work outside and in public, but the benefits are immense. In this series of articles we explore the practicalities – what to take, when to go and how to overcome nerves. Then we explore different ways of capturing the form accurately and dealing with the fact that animals just don’t stay still. Finally, we use some of the sketches to develop paintings back in the studio.

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Welcome to the March issue. This issue is packed with practical advice, tutorials, demonstrations and illustrated techniques, all aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to draw and paint successfully. Enjoy working with watercolour, acrylics, oils, gouache, coloured pencils, pen and ink and more. Learn how to draw and paint animals, landscape, flowers and elements of the countryside. Develop your skills as you learn about the value of tone, how to loosen up your style and how to add drama and a sense of narrative to your paintings. This issue also launches a beginner's guide to acrylics. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.