Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes - Animals in Watercolour

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Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes: Animals in Watercolour by Matthew Palmer is a fanastic book if you're looking to learn watercolour painting but are short on time. Build your skills with quick and easy painting projects on a small scale.

This is a complete beginners guide to painting animals and birds in watercolour. The book is broken down into 32 quick projects measuring just 15 x 10cm (6 x 4"). Matthew Palmer's basic crash course will teach you all the skills you need to paint your own animals and birds in nature or domestic settings. Projects include a parrot, cat, dog, zebra, stag, cow, swan and more! The step-by-step instructions guide you through painting realistic markings, fur and feathers and how to create character and personality. Tracings are provided for all the paintings, including for the three larger projects at the end of the book. All you need to do is trace them onto watercolour paper and you're ready to paint! 

Each project should take around 30 minutes to complete, with each one teaching you a new skill in watercolour. By the end of the projects you'll be armed with all the skills you need to complete one of the three larger finishing projects: a King Charles cavalier spaniel, a snow leopard and a hummingbird. 

128 page paperback. 216 x 280 mm


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  • Tracings
  • Introduction 6
  • Basic painting equipment 8
  • Basic techniques 10
  • Parrot at sunset 16
  • Bird in flight 18
  • Koi carp 20
  • Zebra 22
  • Swan 24
  • Key features 26
  • Cat’s eyes 28
  • Peering tabby 30
  • Curious kitten 32
  • Tiger 34
  • Dog’s eyes 36
  • Puppy 38
  • Highland cow’s muzzle 40
  • Cockerel’s head 42
  • Textures and markings 44
  • Penguin’s wing 46
  • African elephant 48
  • Lamb 50
  • Ram 52
  • Great tit 54
  • Portraits 56
  • Drawing a portrait from a photograph 60
  • Alsatian 62
  • Rabbit 64
  • Chimpanzee 66
  • Meerkat 68
  • Animals in the landscape 70
  • Cat on the lookout 72
  • Sheep in a field 74
  • Flamingos paddling 76
  • Penguins 78
  • Asian elephant 80
  • Stag in woodland 82
  • Robin on a branch 84
  • Stag in winter 86
  • Giraffe 88
  • ‘Max’, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 90
  • Snow Leopard 92
  • Hummingbird 94
  • Index 96
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Matthew Palmer is a renowned demonstrator of watercolour painting, and his classes are particularly popular with beginners. He has been painting professionally for over 20 years and specializes in landscapes, still life and animals. He has his own studio at his home in Derbyshire, UK and teaches hundreds of people each week, as well as running watercolour workshops and holidays. He has many personal exhibitions, participates in several art shows and appears regularly on television as well as on his own internet-based art show at www.watercolour.tv

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