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VIDEO: How to Paint Fur (with Watercolors)

When painting fur, it’s important to think in terms of layers. Take a look at Susan Bourdet’s demonstration below—as you’ll see, she adds at least three layers of paint to get the desired texture:

NOTE: You can get Susan’s full watercolor DVD at Creative Catalyst.

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In today's video clip, Jan Kunz demonstrates her multi-step process for accurately painting the shadows of the face. She starts off with a detailed drawing and base skin color, then uses a value scale to assess the skin. After finding the value, she mixes a color that is four "value steps" darker to get the correct shadow color, and then adds the shadow color to the portrait, taking care to blend in a lighter hue wherever there is reflected light. If it sounds complicated, she still makes it seem fairly easy. Take a look. . . read more

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