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British Wildlife Watercolours

British Wildlife Watercolours.
Watercolours to learn more about wildlife and nature.
It's easy to spot butterflies in the garden but not as easy to know what type of butterfly it is that was spotted.

Once the British summer weather starts cooling and the butterflies gradually fade along with the season's warmth, a return to the nature journals and sketchbooks from the warmer days can provide fresh insight for drawing, painting and writing about the wildlife in and around the garden, local woods, fields and other green spaces. More information about nature can be gained through studying, researching and reading books and wildlife magazines, online wildlife blogs and other notes by wildlife nature writers and illustrators. Viewing specimens and looking at paintings can also be very useful for detail observations.

British Wildlife Watercolours
Wildlife Watercolour of a Butterfly from the Garden.

This Meadow Brown butterfly might have been wrongly identified as a Gatekeeper butterfly. The latter is also known as the Hedge Brown and was once referred to as the Small Meadow Brown butterfly, on account of similarities.

To make it even more challenging to identify a butterfly, regional differences in its markings and spots can vary widely.

Painting a butterfly using watercolours (or any other medium) requires a certain amount of study, depending on how realistic the watercolour painting is to be; wildlife sketchbook studies in the field, wildlife photos for reference, detailed butterfly drawings, wildlife and bird anatomical research from books and the internet - are all ways to find out more about a wildlife animal, bird or creature to be painted.

Even though this watercolour painted illustration was intentionally not very detailed, it was important to capture the two black spots on the under wings, as well as the tiny white centres on the black eyespots on the forewings, which were key features in its identification.

Discover more about the wildlife subject to be painted.
Gaining a deeper understanding and knowledge of the subject can lead to more realistic paintings of wildlife, including its habits and environments - drawing and painting wildlife is an enjoyable way to lean more about your subject!

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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.
Wildlife such as small British woodland animals (badgers, foxes, squirrels, mice, bats, deer, otters, wild cats, stoats, weasels - even wild boar, pine martens, beavers and, one day, lynx may return to the wilds of Britain!) and UK garden birds, butterflies and bees, along with ladybirds and dragonflies, add to the joys to be found in the garden, or just beyond, all year round.

Watercolours can be used to capture the beauty in the animal or plant subject using the fluidity of the paints.

Everyone's favourite! A beautiful owl resting amongst the bluebells.

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…