Spots & Stripes

Watercolour Wildlife

Keeping the form & freshness

Watercolour Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Thursday 20th May 2021

  • 7pm - 9pm (UK time)

  • 10 minute break halfway through

  • £12 per person

  • Re-watch for 7 days afterwards, whether you watch live or not

  • PDF teaching notes with photos

The Demo

So many animals have to most amazing markings. Whilst these are great fun in their own right to paint, they also present fantastic opportunities to really bring out and even exaggerate different aspects of the subject.

But, they can also present a few pitfalls. It can be very easy to go overboard with them, overwork the paint, or make them look juts plain wrong (often killing the shape and form of the subject)

Over the course of two paintings, we will really look at keeping things fresh with the medium and how to actually use spots and stripes to enhance the feeling of light and create the form of the animals.

It's amazing what we can cover in 2 hours. We will look at all of the below (and more)

  • 2 paintings - one spots, one stripes

  • How these features move around the form of an animal

  • How they move in and out of light

  • How to keep them softer in some places, more defined in others.

  • 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

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

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 to re-watch the demo at a later date for up to 7 days, plus a PDF document of typed up notes and photos. (You will receive this even 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!!!

Please note: These photos may not be the actual reference. These are purely for example

(but they will be along these lines)

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