Garden Snail


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Wildlife Watercolour Painting Lesson – Realistic, Detailed PDF Tutorial

Our easily recognised garden snail is an air breathing snail, with a soft brown coloured body covered in slimy mucus.  The shell can range in size up to a height of about 1.3” and is the protection for the soft body within.

This is a fun tutorial with quite a few different elements.  Indeed, it is ideal for practising creating different textures.  We start by applying a soft background wash which fades to the background.  We then move on to the first texture, the hard, slightly ridged shell.  Secondly we work on the soft, bumpy wet body.  Thirdly we work on the piece of sawn wood.  And, we finish with the slimy, shiny trail.  By the end of the tutorial you will have a much better understanding on how all these elements build to create a realistic piece.

This is an instant PDF download, you could start painting this snail in a matter of minutes.  Indeed, there’s no need to even wait for the post to arrive.  You will receive a 23-page PDF document, set out in the same way as the tutorials I write for magazines.  However, you get lots more large photos of the different stages.

Wildlife Watercolour Painting Lesson - Realistic, Detailed PDF Tutorial

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Downloadable lessons enable you to work at your own speed.  Firstly you can dip in and out of the content.  Secondly you can spend time studying the fine details and practise the various techniques as often as you like.

I really like to focus on the watercolour techniques needed to create a realistic painting.  Likewise, I love sharing this style of painting through my tutorials and hope I inspire others to create detailed wildlife portraits too.

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