Realistic Watercolor Animals



Realistic Watercolor Animals


Learn the techniques you need to create realistic-looking animals with sheen, depth, and dimension in this class from Swedish artist Kristina Granberg.

Please Note: This class was included in the Watercolor Summit 2.0: Gouache Edition.

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MODULES 1-2: Introduction & Supplies

Meet Kristina Granberg and discover what supplies she likes to use, from paint and paper to palettes and brushes.

MODULE 3: How I Work

Learn Kristina’s multi-step process for creating her art, from reference photo to initial sketches to finished painting.

MODULES 4-5: Animal Patterns Exercise

Kristina will give you several exercises to practice technical skills, like using values and blending to show that something is rounded. This is especially helpful for animals with hair or fur!

MODULES 6-14: Giraffe Class Project

Over the next several modules, you’ll learn how to create our giraffe class project step-by-step. Starting with a base layer, you’ll progress into creating shadows on the ears, mane and other area, then add details to the nose and ossicones, and finally add detail, shadow, and depth to the spots on the face and neck.

With her gentle teaching style and attention to detail, you’ll create a final project you can be proud to frame and hang on the wall!

See what our students have made!

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3 hours 20 minutes






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