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Inspired by nature

Part 1 In this new series on drawing and painting wildlife and nature, Michelle Campbell discusses how and where to find your inspiration

Reference material

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to source and use reference material

Techniques for sketching nature

How to look at your subject with an artist’s eye

Inspiration is the key to all creativity. Without inspiration, there would be no creation. I would like to begin this new series on painting wildlife and nature with an insight into how to work, from looking for inspiration and resources for the artist, to taking and working from reference material and life.

Sourcing inspiration

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the May issue of Leisure Painter, packed with practical tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations and illustrated techniques - all designed to help the beginner and amateur to draw and paint successfully. There's something for everyone, from how to paint spring flowers, landscapes, boats and animals in watercolour to tutorials using coloured pencils, water-soluble pencils, oils, pastels, acrylics and tinted charcoal. Learn how to manipulate photographs on a computer to help you compose a better picture, take your first steps with scratchboard, and discover how to gather reference material from nature. There's a look at the joys of taking part in outdoor painting competitions, even if you are a beginner, and David Bellamy introduces part two of our sketchbook challenge. There is also a host of information about art events and exhibitions, art club activities and reviews of practical art books, as well as news, special offers, competitions, holidays and workshops to enjoy.