Whimsical Animals with Watercolors: Explore the Ways of Traditional Illustration II

Sova Huova, freelance illustrator and creative

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11 Videos (1h 17m)
    • Introduction

    • Project

    • Materials

    • Sketch Transfer

    • Wet Effects with Inks

    • Paiting Animals with Watercolors

    • Painting your Final Illustration

    • Inspiration and Final Thoughts

    • Whale: Animal Inktober Bonus

    • Deer: Animal Inktober Bonus

    • Wolf: Animal Inktober Bonus

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About This Class


This class should help you mastering loose watercolor techniques combined with drier watercolor techniques. We are going to practice painting loose animals with watercolors and ink. The main concern of this class is finding a balance between wet and dry parts of our illustrations and trying to control uncontrollable.


  •  how to paint animals wet on wet and wet on dry
  •  how to create different effects with watercolors
  •  how to use ink and water to create interesting animal silhouettes or illustrations
  •  how to transfer your sketches on a watercolor paper without pain
  •  working with time to create more complex watercolor illustrations

This class is for beginners as well as for more skilled artists who usually work "wet on dry" with watercolors, and they would experiment with loose technique.

By the end of this class, you will have your own mini collection of watercolor animal illustrations!




Animal Inktober Video Bonus:

These videos are part of Animal Inktober drawing and painting challenge (2018) with a giveaway, and they show my art process. When this challenge is over, you are still invited to use these for learning, as well as the seven prompts that go with it. I will regularly check on your work here in the project gallery, as well as on Instagram if you tag me.


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A wonderful journey with animals and art!
Anna Sokolova

Artist, illustrator, designer

Mesmerizing to watch and lovely to listen to-can't wait to try these techniques.
Sova demonstrates in detail how to use wet on wet, wet on dry and ink on wet to create whimsical animal illustrations. Each lesson is simple to follow along and each one builds skills for this medium. This is an excellent class. I also enjoyed her review of illustrators from the past, most artists I had not heard of before. Very enjoyable class.





Sova Huova

freelance illustrator and creative


I work as a freelance illustrator, artist, and educator, and I'm the person behind a small brand called
Nesting Spirits. Nature, folklore, and fairy tales inspire my art. I make mostly traditional illustrations for kids and dreamlike art for geeky individuals. I also teach art and craft classes offline in Prague, Czech Republic. Here on Skillshare, I teach courses on traditional illustration techniques for beginners.

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