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How I start an animal painting by Artist Sophie

There is no right or wrong way to start a painting. When I’m painting a commission painting from a photo I pencil draw first, unlike when I’m making up a painting. Also I start with the eyes because this feature must get the animals character or I get the dustbin!

When painting fur or hair I find it easier to tackle it in patches or clumps. Take into account the different direction of the fur to add interest and texture. This one shows just the first watercolour layers which when dry has layering and layering of colours added on top for greater contrast. By Artist Sophie. 

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