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British Wildlife Watercolour : Crow

Watercolour Bird Art

Creating a wildlife British Bird watercolour painting begins with bird observations and sketches of the subject.
Detailed watercolour painting of a bird
Bird-spotting is useful when planning a watercolour painting or drawing of a bird; detail is necessary, depending on how realistic the painting is to be but just as important as the markings is an idea of the anatomy of a wildlife animal or bird and its personality.
watercolour painting of a british bird crow
Watercolour Painting of a Black Bird : Crow

Anatomical wildlife illustrations are readily available to learn about a species but sketching from life gives opportunities to learn about an animal or bird in its many positions and watching it also reveals its personality, which can be useful for adding an atmosphere to a wildlife painting and setting a composition, either a realistic one or an imaginary, more whimsical perspective.

This crow was one of several that were flying about on a breezy afternoon, making the other birds fly off as soon as they came along. This was a good time to sketch and photograph, make notes and watch them generally to see how they behave.

It was entertaining to watch them challenging other birds in the garden for seeds that had been left out for the smaller British birds such as the sparrows and finches. The pigeons held their ground quite well but didn’t scare off the crows, who seemed to leave simply because they felt like it.

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British Wildlife Watercolours

British Wildlife Watercolours.
British wildlife, birds and flowers are carefully painted using watercolours, based on the wildlife and botanical subjects from the garden and local woods.
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Watercolours can be used to capture the beauty in the animal or plant subject using the fluidity of the paints.

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Watercolours can be used in a variety of wildlife paintings for different effects based on creative preferences. For the traditional, realistic bird and wild animal paintings, dry applications of paint are built up slowly to create depth and form…

British Wildlife Coloured Pencils

Drawing wildlife using coloured pencils

Coloured pencil wildlife art paintings and drawings. 

Detailed wildlife and botanical drawings and paintings can be gained using coloured pencils which range from student grade to professional grade.

The following animal pencil paintings were achieved using a mixture of coloured pencil brands but mainly Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran D’ache Swisscolour.

Detail is captured as realistically as possible whilst retaining the creative style.

Realistic British wildlife art by wildlife and botanical coloured pencil artist.

Wildlife Drawing Classes

Wildlife Drawing Classes
Wildlife art classes in drawing wildlife.
There is more to be gained from drawing British wildlife than drawing and sketching alone – with wildlife art classes, there can be enjoyment in discovering about some of Britain’s favourite animals and birds in the company of other artists and nature enthusiasts, through drawing wildlife classes which bring together like-minded individuals in a pleasant setting.

Drawing animals and birds from life is an excellent way to engage with the natural world around us. An understanding of wildlife anatomy, behaviour and environment, through observations and sketches, can help build the skills and knowledge necessary for more detailed graphite or coloured pencil drawings of British wildlife and birds.

Drawing class subjects include the familiar favourites such as: foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs, mice, deer and birds, plus some of the more elusive characters from the British countryside – badgers, otters, wildcats, newts, hawks and…