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Wildlife on the Move

Dynamic Gesture & Character

Watercolour Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Saturday 29th May

  • 2pm - 4pm (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

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The Demo

Painting Wildlife Portraits is always wonderful fun, but trying to capture the gesture and character of an animal when it's moving is a whole different thing!​

I do feel that the natural properties of watercolour lend themselves to this subject very well. Especially when combined with some basic knowledge of anatomy, structure and how different animals move!

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

  • Some simple comparative anatomy that can really help capture almost any animal

  • Breaking the subject into shapes and "shape stacking"

  • 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


  • 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 7 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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