How to Paint a Realistic Seal in Water – Downloadable PDF Lesson
There are over 30 species of web/ fin footed aquatic mammals or Pinnipeds that live mainly in the cold seas around our planet. They have a thick layer of fat also known as blubber which helps to keep them warm. And their diet is mainly fish based, supplemented with other marine animals as they are found and caught.
Whilst the seal clearly has fur, the effect of the water makes the surface of its body look almost skin like. Our challenge with this painting is to paint the fur so that it doesn’t look soft and fluffy. At the same time it needs to look wet and shiny. The other complicated aspect of this painting is all the water. We look at a semi-realistic way of painting it, but you can of course simply paint a suggestion if that is what you are the happiest doing. Try to focus on small sections and take regular breaks, or you will quickly become bogged down by all the repetitive detail.
This is an instant PDF download, you could start painting this Seal in a matter of minutes. You don’t even need to wait for the post to arrive! You will receive a 39-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.
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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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Here’s a little look at the Seal tutorial, I hope you like it.
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