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Watercolor Illustration: Painting Realistic Wildlife

A course by Ella Sienna , Watercolor Artist

Watercolor Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2022

Learn how to paint realistic wildlife illustrations with watercolor by exploring a variety of techniques to create layers, texture, depth, and more

  • Best seller
  • 96% positive reviews (72)
  • 4207 students
  • Audio: English, English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to paint realistic wildlife illustrations with watercolor by exploring a variety of techniques to create layers, texture, depth, and more

A course by Ella Sienna

Ella is a watercolor artist who has worked with top companies like Chantecaille, Soho House, The National Trust, and Sarah Flint. She is drawn to the natural world and its infinite variety, filling her desk with illustrations of botanicals, insects, and wild creatures. Ella's attention to detail is what brings her artwork to life, and she is excited to share with her techniques with you in this course.

In this online course, you'll learn how to paint realistic wildlife illustrations with watercolor. Ella will guide you through the basics, teaching you how to mix colors and master brush and water control techniques. You'll learn how to tackle animal textures, including fur, hair, horns, scales, and skin, and how to make the best drawing possible for a painting you can be proud of.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 30 downloads

The Materials
13 minutes, 12 seconds
Mixing Colours: How to Avoid Mud
20 minutes, 42 seconds
Water and Brush Control 1
13 minutes, 8 seconds
Water and Brush Control 2
11 minutes, 56 seconds
  • 96% positive reviews (72)
  • 4207 students
  • 18 lessons (4h 6m)
  • 30 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Illustrate a realistic animal portrait. Ella paints a giraffe, but you are free to paint what you wish.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is perfect for confident watercolor beginners.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary, but it's always helpful.

In terms of materials, you need watercolor paint, brushes, a palette, watercolor paper, a pencil, and eraser.


Reviews

4207 Students
72 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Ella Sienna

A course by Ella Sienna

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Watercolor Artist

Ella Sienna is a London-based watercolor artist, paint-maker, and event stationery designer with over two decades of experience. Her artistic style is heavily influenced by the natural world, and she enjoys painting animals, blossoming botanicals, and iridescent insects. The artist's paintings are characterized by their use of vibrant, jewel-toned colors and a focus on intricate details.

Having established herself as a professional watercolor artist, she has collaborated with several clients, including Chantecaille, Soho House, and the National Trust. In addition to her work as a watercolor artist, she also operates an event stationery company, creating botanical invitations with intricate details.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Basic Watercolour Techniques and Materials

    • The Materials
    • Mixing Colours: How to Avoid Mud
    • Water and Brush Control 1
    • Water and Brush Control 2
    • Animal Textures: Feathers and Fur
    • Animal Textures: Horns, Scales, and Skin 1
    • Animal Textures: Horns, Scales, and Skin 2
    • Basics of Sketching
  • U3

    Creating Wildlife Portraits with Watercolours

    • Transferring the Drawing to Watercolour Paper
    • The Base Layer
    • The Shadows
    • Hair and Texture
    • The Spots
    • Highlights and Finishing Touches
  • U4

    Final Advice

    • How to Photograph Your Paintings
    • How to Fix Almost Every Watercolour Mistake
  • FP

    Final project

    • Watercolor Illustration of Realistic Wildlife

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Watercolor Illustration: Painting Realistic Wildlife. Illustration course by Ella Sienna Best seller

Watercolor Illustration: Painting Realistic Wildlife

A course by Ella Sienna
Watercolor Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2022
  • 96% positive reviews (72)
  • 4207 students