How to Paint Whiskers with a Rigger Brush – Free YouTube Video

On this video I show you simple tips and techniques “How to Paint whiskers“, long thin hairs and lines using a rigger brush.

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New Wildlife Art DVD – out as 2hr ALL the best bits

I have released the DVD in another 2 formats, you can now see ALL the very best bits in a 2 hr DVD and download.

It costs less too 🙂

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The New Wildlife Art Ebook “On my Easel” ALMOST READY!

Well as the title of this post says, the BRAND NEW ebook is almost ready, I think it will be online and ready to purchase in about 2 days!

Needless to say I have been working VERY hard on it!

This ebook started off as an idea of putting almost all of the demos I have done on my tutorial site / blogs / forum posts etc the last 8 + years,  in one easy to read place as I thought it would be a great instructional tool and resource for wildlife artists and would be wildlife and animal artists, who wanted to see the stages I went through to take a painting from start to completion.

Sounded simple enough to me at the time, but when I began to gather all my demos, photos, text etc  it became plainly obvious that this project was going to turn out to be MUCH larger than I expected. Which is great for the artists reading it, but not so great for me compiling it. ha…….

It got so large in fact that I have even had to split it up in to 2 Volumes!!!

Each volume will have approx 150+ photos showing my painting at various stages! and lots of text and description to go with them.

Anyone familiar with me and my work will know I can get a bit obsessive with details. Ha… so as you can imagine I have also updated most of the text that went with the demos, expanding on it a great deal, and also adding a tips section too.

I had the idea Of calling the E-books “On My Easel.  Take a sneaky look over my shoulder as I paint”. Because that is really what they are, I have even included my previously sold tips on loading your brush to achieve fine lines and my basics of painting fur pages (2 pages), just so everyone can see exactly how I paint fur 🙂 and also my fur painting article from the Artists & Illustrators magazine! so you will now get to see that without even buying the magazine 🙂

I’m really happy with the way the books have turned out and they really bring you up to day with the methods I use to paint today!

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my website so that I can release volume 1 and it will be all ready to go 🙂

If anyone has any questions please just drop me an email- or post on the blog

Volume 2 will hopefully be released 1-2 weeks after volume 1.

Tiger painting – starting the details

Well the detail stage is well underway now – I’ve decided not to go too detailed on the painting, although it might look like I have painted every hair I can assure you it’s only the suggestion I have put in – remember how much smaller you are seeing it on your screens

I’ll post some details when finished just to show you.

Stil go lots to do on him, the ears, back etc plus refinement of colours with glazing at the end.

Tiger Painting – Beginning to Refine the Painting

With the underpainting now fully completed I can now begin to refine the tiger a little – bear in mind that this is still very much an underpainting and the real details haven’t been painted yet in any area.

As you all know my technique is really an improvement on each layer, as I gradually sneak up on the completion., It’s really an improvement on each previous layers mistakes 🙂

Giraffe Painting – Detailing The Grass

I want this painting to be quite realistic and that means to me that the grasses will also need to be detailed. Which on my large paintings is not usually a problem, but as mentioned this painting is something like 20in wide, so quite small.

Painting in all the individual grasses and little seed pods etc would no doubt look contrived and unrealistic, so I needed to devise another more natural way. What I did was a combination of loose directional brush strokes in the under painting and then a layer of spatter using various colours and a toothbrush! (old one 🙂 then I went back in with the brush just to define the more important grasses.

I think it has come out ok so far. I need to let this bit dry before I do the very front ones – then I will go back and work most of the painting again.

There are some great close-ups of the grass etc on my site


Brand New Lion Painting on the Easel

I’ve just started to paint this magnificent African lion. The photo below shows the very 1st stage – drawing the Lion on the canvas. I also toned the canvas with Burnt Sienna, just to eliminate the stark whiteness.


I always like to have company when I paint, so more often than not, I block in the eyes 1st. Here I have also continued with the face a little, just blocking in very basic tones.

Hope you like him so far 😉

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