For centuries nature and animals have been some of the most popular subjects in art, from landscapes to hunting scenes to pet portraits. Many artists find that creating a life-like texture in watercolor, especially when rendering animal fur, can be a difficult process to master.
"I keep drawing the trees, the rocks, the river, I'm still learning how to see them; I'm still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I'll get it right." Alan Lee
The title pretty much says it all. I've always been the type to doodle small drawings on papers, notebooks, and journals, and lately I've been having fun with colored pencil illustrations. I try to keep a few bright colors near my couch so that I can practice drawing whenever I'm watching TV. Though sometimes I can't have colored pencils with me, it's always fun to start a drawing in pen and add that splash of color later.
There's nothing more happy than a brightly colored picture. It's true, colors are just happy.
Here's a glimpse into a lesson on painting elephants in acrylic from The Art of Painting in Acrylic!
Next in our KIDS WEEK of giveaways is the I Can Draw series. With these approachable and engaging guides children ages four years and older will discover how easy it is to draw a range of favorite animals and subjects.
Talk about animal magnetism: My daughter got her hands on Watch Me Draw: The Zoo and wouldn't let it leave her grasp. She ran off to her room, rounded up a few zoo friends of her own, and immediately sat down to explore the book.
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