This one started out as an abstract silhouette of a dog, in a similar fashion to the cat I painted yesterday. But as I started dropping in color to the damp paper, I was getting shading kind of similar to the reference image I was using….
so I wound up going a bit more realistic than planned. This is watercolor on 8 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper. I definitely changed the color from the reference, but not way. Considering that I love drawing animals realistically, but have almost no experience painting them, it turned out ok, and the fur texture sure worked out better than I could have hoped. However, looking at the work of Rebecca Evans and others here on WP who paint animals so convincingly, let’s say I’m not where I need to be, but I’m making the journey. Do check out Rebecca’s blog, she will inspire and impress you with horses, hares, and everything furry and hairy under the sun in almost every medium there is! An extremely talented artist, and a good woman, to boot!
I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of my #2 round Isabey sable brush, which definitely helped me get my furry on. It was pretty much a matter of flicking here and there in the direction the fur was growing on damp (not wet) paper. Using M. Graham’s wonderful Nickel Quinacridone Gold paint seemed to help a lot too; just the nature of the pigment gave me a hand up. Which I needed! Not sure I’ll be trying any more realistic animals in watercolor soon, but this turned out better than I could have expected with a semi-realistic animal painting, for sure. Boy, lots of practice with watercolor this month! I hope you’ll join us; it’s never too late to pick up a watercolor brush and fling paint (and joy) to the moon! Peace.