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Groups of Animals
Natural & Exciting Wildlife

Watercolour Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Friday 30th July 2021

  • 7pm - 9pm (UK time)

  • 10 minute break halfway through

  • £12 per person

  • Re-watch for 10 days (whether you watch live or not)

  • PDF teaching notes with photos

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The Demo

Whilst painting individual animals is of course great fun! So oftne it can be more exciting, and often more natural to paint small groups of them.

However, they represent some potentially tricky areas. The obvious one being that we have to paint more than one animal, but we also have to think much more about composition and where we place them, how they interact with each other, what environment are they in and how do we make it feel natural. How do we choose different poses and gestures that work well together?


Plus it is very rare that one single photo will have everything in it to be ready to paint as is, so we made need to pull in a few different reference and create a painting rather than just follow a single photo.

Yes, all of this can seem tricky, but as always a few pointers and concepts goes along way

  • 1 medium to large sized painting. Size will be some where between half sheet imperial to full sheet

  • How do we create a good and natural composition with multiple birds interacting

  • How to use multiple reference photos and create

  • How to create a strong focal point

  • Looking for gesture and character

  • How to change and exaggerate the subject to create even more exciting compositions

  • How to capture the essence and character of the animal - all in an expressive and fun way

  • How to create a harmonious single picture even though there are multiple "parts"


  • All the materials - including colours and their properties

  • Techniques of watercolour from wet into wet to dry brush and everything in between

  • Paint consistency: the one thing above all else that I believe is the "secret" to watercolour - we will look at the "watercolour clock" and it's applications

  • Colour mixing

  • Creating big bold brushstrokes

  • Where to let loose a little and where to bring in more refinement

  • How to interpret our subject - what to put in, what to leave out

  • What to do with backgrounds

I very much welcome questions typed into the chat throughout the demo. I do my best to answer as we go but I will also open up the floor to "Questions and Answers" if people want to un-mute (at the end of the first half and the end of the demo)

Sit back and watch, or paint along with me!  You will be sent a link afterwards if you would like  re-watch the demo at a later date for up to 10 days, plus a PDF document of typed up notes and photos. (Or if you can't make it live)

Tickets are paid in full and non-refundable. You will be emailed a PDF document on how to use Zoom and a reminder of the overall format of the demonstration, along with the reference photo and the meeting ID and password.

You will need to be able to run or download Zoom on your device. 

These demos are always a great fun and I do my absolute best to jam pack them with lots of useful information and hopefully leave you feeling inspired to go and pick up those brushes!!!

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