14 June 2024


BC Paperback with outlines (10 x A3 gatefolds)

216x280 mm



200 pages

Search Press

Absolute Beginner Art

Watercolour Animals for the Absolute Beginner

by Matthew Palmer

The quick way to watercolour success is here! If you have ever wanted to learn to paint animals, then this is for you.

Step-by-steps and clearly explained techniques will guide beginners through the methods needed to easily and effectively paint a variety of domestic and wild animals. Matthew expertly demonstrates how to paint realistic eyes, mouths, noses, fur markings and feathers in watercolour, and clearly explains all the techniques needed for the projects, including wet into wet, lifting out, adding shadows and the all-important dry-brush blending.

Full-size, fold-out outline sketches are provided for all projects, allowing you to simply trace the sketches onto watercolour paper and start painting with ease. A clear and comprehensive colour-mixing section is included to allow you to confidently choose and mix the colours you need.

Three starter projects - a simple bird, dolphin and penguin - are the perfect introduction to the basic techniques before moving on to six larger projects, each set in a simple scene: a parrot, cheetah, panda, giraffes, sea turtle and polar bear.

Matthew includes many handy hints and tip for beginners and improving artists alike to fill you with confidence to create your own stunning watercolour animals. 

Book Contents


Wet into wet
Wet into dry
Adding shadow
Dry brush
Lifting out
Adding white paint
Finishing touches
Adding facial features

The Projects
Penguins step by step
Goldfinch step by step
Silhouette dolphins step by step
Parrot step by step
Cheetah step by step
Sea turtle step by step
Panda step by step
Polar bear step by step
Giraffes step by step


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