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April 2, 2015

Animal Paintings

Creature

My favorite book to inspire art about animals! Creature, a book of photographs by Andrew Zuckerman.

I have a great resource for inspiring young artists’ animal paintings!  I’m so happy I splurged on this beautiful book! For Creature, photographer Andrew Zuckerman invited a nice big sample of the animal kingdom into his studio to photograph them against a white background. The effect of a photograph without the context of environment is an intense focus on the animal itself- their textures, their postures, their facial expressions. And they are so up close and personal. It’s a great resource for investigating animals that kids love.

This week I used Creature, along with my Schleich animal figurines to start a couple of painting lessons where we examined shape and texture. Below are the results of some longer animal painting workshops (about 4 sessions) where we focused on  shape, texture, AND expression.

A Sad Lion

A Sad Lion

A Surprised Cat

A Surprised Cat

Demon Cat

Demon Cat