Painting Animals in Watercolour

Liz Chaderton
Artists seem compelled to try to capture the amazing variety of the animal kingdom; the challenge remains how to breathe energy into your paintings and make the animals jump off the paper. This deeply practical book offers an accessible introduction to sketching animals from life, to try to capture that essence. It gives instruction on how to approach drawing; covers ideas for materials and supplies to make sketching from life a joy; gives step-by-step demonstrations of different watercolour techniques; offers specific advice on using colour and painting, fur, feathers and features and gives ideas for mixed-media experimentation. Full of colourful examples and guidance, this new book explains how to transform your studies into finished artwork that are brimming with character. It encourages you to find the extraordinary in the everyday, as well as revelling in the breadth of nature. Taking a contemporary approach to traditional watercolour, the author shows how a few, well-chosen brushes of paint can reveal the soul of your subject.
Painting Animals in Watercolour by Liz Chaderton

About the author

Liz Chaderton is a full-time artist based in Berkshire. She is passionate about watercolour, and enjoys sharing her discoveries through workshops and writing. She has also written Painting Watercolours on Canvas for Crowood.

Press Reviews

Liz Chaderton will need little introduction to Leisure Painter readers. Liz has written numerous articles for the magazine and here she shares her passion for the medium in Painting Animals in Watercolour. This is a practical guide, full of helpful information, tips and techniques that teach you how to capture the animal's character as well as its likeness.

- Jane Stroud

This is a compact book, both in format and extent, but it is genuinely surprising how much Liz manages to pack in. Liz's style is pleasantly loose, but by no means lacking in detail, and her explanations, concise as they are, are complete and easy to follow. Examples, exercises, hints and tips complement a good variety of species and details including textures and features.

- Henry Malt