You’ll Love This Animal Painting Book If:
- You love drawing and painting animals
- You love the teaching style of Lee Hammond
- You want to add more realistic details to your animal drawings & paintings
Learn how to paint more lifelike and emotive animals using acrylic paints with this instructional painting book from Lee Hammond. Lee loves to paint animals of all sizes and now she shares her top animal painting techniques with you. Move step-by-step through the complete animal painting process, picking up new ways to add realistic details and capture mood in your acrylic paintings.
Learn how to paint the fur of lions, tigers & house cats and the feathers of birds, cockatoos & swans. This how-to guide is great for beginning and intermediate artists looking to improve their acrylic painting skills and bring their favorite animals to life.
In Paint Realistic Animals in Acrylic with Lee Hammond You’ll Learn:
- How to draw more realistic eyes, mouths, ears, fur, feathers & other animalistic details
- Tips & techniques for painting cats, dogs, horses, cows, rabbits, squirrels, lions, tigers, iguana, turtles, swans and cockatoos step-by-step
- Basic techniques and theories for painting animals in acrylics
A Word From the Author:
"This book is a collection of colorful projects designed to give you the opportunity to learn how to paint various animals with acrylics. Use the grid method to help with the preliminary sketches. This technique is an easy way to obtain accuracy in your drawings.
When I create my books, I often use the illustrations I am working on as demonstrations in my art classes. My students watch me work and ask questions, which I use to guide me as I write." — Lee Hammond
Check Out This Excerpt From Paint Realistic Animals in Acrylic with Lee Hammond:
The Five Elements of Shading
I start every new student with this valuable lesson: the foundation for any realistic rendering, regardless of the medium, can be found in the five elements of shading a sphere. If you can create a believable and realistic depiction of a sphere (a ball on a table), the ability to render everything else is right at your fingertips.
So why is understanding the sphere so important when painting animals? Much of an animal’s shape is curved and rounded, as is the surface of a sphere.
1. Cast shadow
: This is the darkest tone on your drawing. It is always opposite the light source. In the case of the sphere, it is underneath, where the sphere meets the table. This area is devoid of light because, as the sphere protrudes, it blocks light and casts a shadow.
2. Shadow edge
: This dark portion is not at the very edge of the object. It is opposite the light source where the sphere curves away from you.
: This is a medium value. It’s the area of the sphere that’s in neither direct light nor shadow.
4. Reflected light
: This is a light tone. Reflected light is always found along the edge of an object and separates the darkness of the shadow edge from the darkness of the cast shadow.
5. Full light
: This is the lightest area on the object, where the light is hitting the sphere at full strength.
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