How to Paint a Dog
Our art lesson on how to paint a dog is a step by step demonstration of the watercolor painting technique used to create a portrait of 'Holly', who was looked after by Father John Casey of Saint Gabriel's RC Church, Glasgow, Scotland.
WATERCOLOR PAINTING TECHNIQUE: The detailed watercolor technique used in our painting of 'Holly' was inspired by the animal drawings of Albrecht Dürer. There are three distinct techniques used here that should be noted.
- The fine details, tones and textures of the image were created by hatching and stippling a more opaque mixture of watercolor using very small sable brushes.
- The broader areas of color were applied in thin transparent washes of watercolor using larger brushes.
- Both of the above techniques were also blended, softened or refined using brushes dampened with clean water.
As a general rule in watercolor painting, you do not use white paint to lighten the tone of a color as white pigments have the contrary effect of reducing its intensity. Instead, you allow the white of the paper to shine through the natural transparency of thinly applied washes of watercolor in order to achieve the most vibrant effects. This means that you must always be careful not to overwork the light areas of an image if you wish to achieve the optimum qualities of a good watercolor.
NOTE: It is easy to darken a light color in watercolor painting but it is often impossible to lighten a dark color.