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Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June 2017
Subject: Tiger
Medium: Sketching, photography & Drawing
Length: 2-day
(15% donated to WHF)
Included in the workshop: All materials, light refreshments, all tuition.
Suitable for: Beginners & advanced artists
Location:  Big Cat Sanctuary (WHF), Headcorn Rd, Smarden, Ashford, TN27 8PJ
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Following on from previous popular weekend workshops, combining reference photography with various drawing and painting disciplines, here is another chance to try something different.

The culmination of this 2 day workshop will be to create a sepia pencil drawing on antiqued card of one of WHF’s beautiful tigers.

Drawing in either ink or coloured pencil on antiqued card produces a lovely vintage look to the work, reminiscent of old book illustrations where the mottling, or ‘foxing’ of old paper actually has the ability to enhance an illustration.

The weekend will begin with the outdoor sketching part of the weekend. Following a briefing on sketching from life, including tips on shading, line, even quick doodling, we will spend the rest of the day sketching the various cat species on site.

Unlike previous sketch days, at least part of this one will be more formalised; that is to say Vic will lead, demonstrate to and tutor the group as a whole as we tour the site. This way, those students who perhaps feel less confident will benefit from Vic’s guidance, and those with more confidence will hopefully learn new techniques.

Sunday will begin with our half day guided photo tour. An experienced handler will take us inside the safety barrier and try to get the cats moving for some wonderful photo opportunities – references that you will be able to use in your own artworks, or to print up and frame for your own enjoyment.

After lunch we will begin our old-fashioned book style illustration of the tiger using a Faber Castell sepia coloured pencil on antiqued card, mottled with deckle edges. The mottling on the card can often be sufficient as a background suggesting foliage; so Vic will show you how to get the best effect from that.

If you haven’t used coloured pencil before, there are tips and techniques on getting the best out of them and these will all be covered during the workshop.

There is no pressure to finish your illustration before you leave, as you will have all the necessary technique and materials (included) to carry on when you get home. Who knows, this may be the beginning of a whole new style for you.

Materials provided; Sketch book, pencil, sharpener, eraser, Faber Castell sepia pencil, antiqued card and reference photos.

Coffee and tea will be available throughout the weekend. Please remember to bring your own lunch, camera, sensible clothing, an easel if you prefer to use one and a foldaway stool or similar for the outdoor sketching if required.

The last weekend workshop filled to capacity very quickly, so be sure to book your place early.

Please be on site by 9.30 am for introductions, safety briefings, etc.

2-Day Big Cat Workshop - Wildlife Heritage Foundation

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