Wildlife in Watercolour

Expressive & characterful 

Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Thursday 8th April

  • 7pm - 9pm (UK time)

  • 10 minute break halfway through

  • £12 per person

Booking now closed 

I think we've all become a little more familiar with Zoom this last year or so.  Whilst we love teaching and demonstrating in person, there have definitely been plenty of pros to moving things on to Zoom.

The first being that we can stay in our own homes and watch the whole thing in our "comfies" with a cup of tea (or something stronger depending on where you are in the world at the time), and if we fall asleep halfway through, no one needs to know!...


....but more seriously, Zoom demos in many ways allow the viewer to be closer in on the action; seeing the brushstrokes more closely and certainly getting a much better view of the colours being mixed. Very important factors of painting that can get lost in larger setting.

The Demo

In this particular demo we will be looking at capturing the character and movement of wildlife.  There are so many potential subjects here but with a little knowledge plus a few tricks and tips we can use th approaches in this demo for absolutely anything.

The emphasis will really be on creating movement, drama and excitement as well as really trying to capture the character, and even dare I say, the essence of the animal - all the time looking to use the medium in an exciting, fresh and fun way!

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

  • 2 paintings; one slightly longer and larger format, the second a shorter, slightly different approach

  • All the materials - including colours and their properties

  • Basic comparative anatomy and breaking animals down into simple shapes, so we can tackle any subject!

  • Proportions

  • 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 create a sense of movement and rythmn

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

  • What to do with backgrounds

  • Capturing light & shadow - creating form

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 able to watch the demo at a later date for up to 7 days, plus a PDF document of typed up notes and photos.

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!!!

Booking now closed 

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