Fur, Feathers, and Scales: Painting Animal Textures in Watercolors | Denise Soden | Skillshare

Fur, Feathers, and Scales: Painting Animal Textures in Watercolors

Denise Soden, Watercolor Artist & Content Creator

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15 Lessons (3h 24m)
    • 1. Class Overview

      2:22
    • 2. Materials & Resources

      4:00
    • 3. Demo: Short Fur

      8:30
    • 4. Demo: Medium Fur

      7:30
    • 5. Demo: Long Fur

      4:30
    • 6. Demo: Body Feathers

      5:10
    • 7. Demo: Wing Feathers

      9:30
    • 8. Demo: Small Scales

      7:50
    • 9. Demo: Defined Scales

      8:00
    • 10. Class Project: Fox (Part 1)

      27:40
    • 11. Class Project: Fox (Part 2)

      24:11
    • 12. Class Project: Flamingo

      37:26
    • 13. Class Project: Snake (Part 1)

      25:41
    • 14. Class Project: Snake (Part 2)

      31:14
    • 15. Final Thoughts

      0:32
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About This Class

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It can be difficult to create the illusion of fur, feathers, and scales while still retaining that inherent ethereal quality found in watercolors. With this medium, I don’t aim for photorealism, as I personally feel other mediums lend themselves better to that style. Instead I prefer to find a balance between including enough details for the subject to read as a real animal while still letting the watercolors do their own thing.

In this class, we will:

  • Explore painting various lengths of fur
  • Practice painting different types of feathers
  • Learn to paint both soft and defined scales
  • Create 1-3 class projects implementing each of these textures

Strongly Recommended Prerequisite: Mastering Water Control: Harness the Power of Water in Watercolors

Materials 
Cotton Watercolor Paper (Arches 140lb Cold Press)
Watercolor Brushes (Silver Black Velvet, Round Size 8 and Size 4)
Watercolor Paints (Denise's Earth Friendly Da Vinci Watercolor Palette)
Two Containers for Water
Reusable Rag or Paper Towels
Pencil & Eraser

Kneaded Eraser (optional)
Mounting Board & Masking Tape (optional)
Light Tablet (optional)
White Gouache (optional)

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*** Additional Resources for Practicing Watercolor Skills ***
Mastering Water Control: Harness the Power of Water in Watercolors by Denise Soden
How to Draw & Paint Animal Eyes in Watercolor by Denise Soden
Watercolor Workout: 14 Days of Drills to Advance Your Skills by Jen Dixon

*** Additional Resources for Painting Fur ***
Loose stylistic fur: Watercolor Fox - Adding the Element of Texture to your Watercolor Paintings by Louise De Masi
Painting Fur in Watercolor | Add Texture to Your Pieces by Erin Kate Archer

*** Additional Resources for Drawing and Painting Birds ***
The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds by John Muir Laws (Book)
Understanding Bird Anatomy with Mary Sanche (YouTube)
Drawing Animals: From Anatomy to Rendering by Geoffrey Jacobs
Painting a bird in flight: Hummingbird: Watercolor Workout by Anna Bucciarell
Painting stylistic birds: Watercolor Birds by Amarilys Henderson

*** Additional Resources for Drawing Reptile Scales ***
How to Draw Scales in Pen & Ink with Alphonso Dunn (YouTube)
Panther Chameleon by Sarah Newbury (YouTube)

Music
All music sourced from ArtList.io and is listed in lesson order.
1 Next to You by Michael Shynes
2 Are You There by Michael Shynes
3 The Sea and The Moon by Ben Noble
4 Next to You by Michael Shynes
5 Marigolden by Michael Shynes
6 Illuminate by Sunday Night Syndrome
7 Like Paper Planes by Michael Shynes & Daughter by Ben Noble
8 Are You There by Michael Shynes
9 Kindness Courage by Kolby Knickerbocker