Category: How to Paint Animals

Welcome to the Paws By Zann pet portrait blog! Here you’ll find a wealth of information on painting with oils, painting animals, how to take reference photos, art videos and more. Enjoy!

How to paint cat in black and white oil painting
Art Shows

Painting Pets with Zann Episode 4

In this episode Zann will show you an easy way to paint a cat. Use tools you already have (like your fingers) to figure out where your subject will be sitting on canvas. Full video demo!

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Art Shows

Painting Pets with Zann Episode 2

In this episode we’re looking at how to paint the complex stripes on cat faces. In this video Zann dives into tips and tricks that will help you learn how to paint tabby cat stripes, starting with big shapes and working smaller until the details are all there.

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ash painting memorial pet
All About Pet Memorials and Ashes

How to paint with ashes – make art you’ll treasure forever

How to Paint Memorials with Ashes in the Paint – two options In this post I’ll show you how to use ash remains in memorial paintings. In this example, I’ll be working on a portrait of Libby, a beloved pet, but these techniques work just as well for memorials of

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how to paint Cat whiskers cat painting oil
Cat Art Tutorials

How to Paint Perfect Cat Whiskers [with video]

How do you get whiskers to look right when you paint them? How do you paint the whiskers on a cat without lumps, bumps, or chunkiness? I’m Zann, and I’m a professional pet portrait artist. Painting whiskers is challenging, but I believe you can do it! The key is to

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Dog Art Tutorials

Painting Pets with Zann Episode 1

In this episode we’re painting a little white dog named Harley, in the Paws By Zann studio. Painting white dogs provides a wonderful opportunity to play with lighting, and allow light and shadow to create interest in the piece.

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Dog Art Tutorials

How to Paint Fur – Quick Guide for Realistic Results [+ video]

Focus on Form, not Detail If you want to learn how to paint fur realistically, you’re probably thinking about rendering every single hair. But focusing on fine details won’t actually help you make your artwork more realistic! And it especially won’t help you make realistic fur. Take a look at

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