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 Animals

A Shaggy Dog Painting – Complete Video and Story

A Puli Painting with a Story to Tell https://youtu.be/nnjrlNA23u0 Has anyone ever told you a shaggy dog story?  If not, here’s a recap of the classic. Just so you can see where I got the inspiration for this piece. Or check out more Happy Dog Art Here > Shaggy Dog

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Horse Painting in Oil Pet Portrait from Photo
How to Paint Animals

How to Make a Horse Oil Painting in 5 Steps

Horse Oil Painting Featuring Luna the Mare This post goes through some of the unique challenges of painting horses from photos, as well as my complete painting process—start to finish. I go through these same steps with all of my pet portraits, starting with some digital mockups. Luna’s owners sent

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Dog Art Tutorials

How do you paint dog eyes realistically?

This video will focus in on how long it takes to put the finishing touches on a dog’s eyes. So I’ll take the piece from sketched-in all the way to fully rendered. This stage is important because before you see it with your own eyes, the rendering process can seem

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Painting Exercises

How To Make Oil Paintings With Different Paint Thinners

Start with a Demo: How to Make Oil Paintings using Thinners Thinners, thickeners, oils and other mediums open up all sorts of artistic opportunities. This month I’ve been focusing on using mineral spirits as a thinner in my dog paintings and portraits, working wet-on wet. In the video below, you can

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