Squirrel - Fur From Spattering

Simple Shortcuts to Painting Believable Furry Animals

Amaze your friends with these simple techniques to paint furry animals.

'Squirrel' shows the basic skills needed for painting a short haired animal.

    • Trace the outline
    • Look closely at the color and value
    • Do an initial wash of color (usually gray or brown)
    • Add some furry details, as shown
    • Pick the best background at any time

This lesson includes a video of how to paint this squirrel, with written instructions, a reference photo and an outline page.

Also included are step by step photos showing the same techniques used for painting this Bunny.

These techniques can be applied to any furry, short-haired animal. Animals are always a popular subject and the first paintings to sell in group shows. This lesson will start you on your way to painting believable animals.

Your Instructor

Deb Watson
Deb Watson

I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!

My story is simple.

I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'

Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,

. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.

When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.

Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.

No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.

And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)

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Course Curriculum

  Squirrel - Fur With Spattering
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