feather paintings I would never choose anything other than
watercolours. They are easy to blend to depict iridescence,
precise enough for details of pattern and a wet into wet technique
is ideally suited to showing the soft, fluffy afterfeather.
When to paint with watercolours?
of my sketches
involve watercolour, mostly because the paints are so much
more portable than acrylics. Certainly when I went on sketching
trips to the Falkland Islands and Egypt, watercolours were
perfect for painting the wildlife and images that I saw
are also versatile and are suitable for many different styles
of wildlife art. Even though they often give a soft, translucent
effect, they can equally well depict a hard surface such
as stone. The Dancing
Cranes painting from my Egyptian collection is pure
watercolour and shows the sharp outlines of a relief carving
when I'm creating wildlife artwork I sketch directly in
watercolour without using pencil first, but frequently I
use watercolours to enhance the original pencil sketches.
Whatever your preferred method of working, watercolours
are an essential part of a wildlife artist's toolkit.