Capturing Wildlife in Wet-on-Wet Technique

Get practical tips for painting animals in wet-on-wet watercolor technique and make 5 gorgeous artworks under the guidance of professional animal portraitist Irina Kukrusova

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It’s really difficult to find a person who doesn’t like animals! Cute and dangerous, mysterious and powerful, and always very beautiful – these creatures inspire hundreds of artists to portray them! 

At our course, you’ll learn to paint gorgeous wild animals in the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. You’ll see how to deal with drawing and proportions, mix realistic colors, make soft fur and smooth transitions, discover the best ways to convey volume and details, and get fully prepared for creating your own artworks!

You’ll make 5 splendid paintings with a deer, polar bear, koala, panda, and wolf, studying the nuances of depicting each of these animals and achieving a marvelous result under the guidance of professional animal portraitist Irina Kukrusova. 

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Irina Kukrusova

Course author

  • Animal painter who collaborates with experts in the field of cynology and felinology.
  • Specializes in pastel technique and in Alla Prima watercolor technique.
  • Participant and laureate of numerous exhibitions of watercolors and pastels in Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Canada, the USA, Japan, etc.
  • Author of more than 20 courses about watercolor and pastel painting. Irina's students live all over the world – from Canada to New Zealand.
  • Irina firmly believes that everyone can learn to paint. The most important thing is perseverance and love for what you portray.
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Certificate of completion (Premium and Premium Pro Plans)

Upon completion of the course for the students of Premium and Premium Pro plans we issue a certificate. The certificate could be used as a proof of your qualification's upgrade at work (if it is related to arts) and for your private affairs as a recognition of your mastery in painting. 

  • Olga is a practicing artist specializing in drawing, watercolor, and acrylic.
  • After graduating from the St Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Olga has been working as an architect in St Petersburg and has founded a school of aesthetic education for children.
  • Olga came to Sweden in 1993, she is self-employed and manages art courses in Karlstad and all over Sweden (online).
  • Olga participated in national and international exhibitions and competitions such as IWS Fabriano Acquarello (2019, 2022), IWS Bulgaria (2019), and IWS Malaysia (2021).


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Which materials do you need for the course?

- Natural Sienna
- Burnt Sienna
- Ultramarine (I have Rembrandt's Cobalt Blue)
- Turkish Cobalt Blue Rembrandt
- Sennelier Royal Blue (Shin Han Verditer Blue)
- Peacock Blue
- A cold red, like Quinacridone Pink or Shin Han Permanent Pink
- Van Gogh Oxide Black (Sepia)
- Black for details

Paper: 100% cotton, 20x30 size

Brushes: Round with a fine tip, larger and smaller sizes (2 and 4-5), a small flat brush, and a mop for wetting

Other Materials: Water container, paper towel, moisture-resistant painting board

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