Wild Animals in Watercolor

Learn to paint realistic animals such as a leopard, lion and tiger, and convey their unique color, using Irina Kukrusova's author's method 

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Welcome to the captivating world of wildlife artistry! In this course, you'll unlock the secrets to creating 3 stunning paintings featuring majestic predators: a fierce tiger, a graceful snow leopard, and a regal lion. Irina's unique teaching method will empower you to paint with speed and ease, whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting on your creative path.

Irina will guide you through the intricacies of forming the textures and structures of animal coats, ensuring that you don't get lost in the details. Learn how to delicately and realistically depict the stripes on a tiger's coat, master the art of painting a fluffy lion's mane, and skillfully portray the small spots of the snow leopard.

By the end of this course, you'll not only have 3 remarkable paintings to cherish but also gain confidence in your artistic abilities. Don't miss this opportunity to refine your skills and create art that truly roars with authenticity!

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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 (in Elite Plan)

Upon completion of the course for the students of Elite plan 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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