Step-by-Step Holland Lop Bunny Rabbit

This can be our cutest portray thought but! Learn to paint a Holland Lop bunny rabbit utilizing watercolors by following Isabella Kung. You may watch the video model of this step-by-step animal portrait at our Watercolor College too.

Supplies used:

  • Reference photo of your favourite Holland Lop bunny rabbit (or use the one supplied on this tutorial)
  • A guide of Arches chilly press watercolor paper (140lb, measurement 9″ x 12″)
  • Masking tape (width 1″)
  • Picket board (at the least 9″ x 12″)
  • HB pencil
  • Portray palette for watercolor paints
  • Two cups of water
  • A towel or rag to dry off the brushes
  • Tissue
  • Fineline Artist: masking fluid pen
  • Gentle eraser

Winsor & Newton’s Skilled Watercolor Paints

  • Cerulean Blue
  • Winsor Violet (Dioxazine Purple)
  • Uncooked Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Ivory Black
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Indigo
  • Brown Madder
  • Rose Doré


  • Mop brush (½” spherical)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair mop brush (1″ cat’s tongue/oval wash)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair mop brush (½” cat’s tongue/oval wash)
  • Escoda: Angular brush (measurement 10)
  • Escoda: Reserva Kolinsky Tajmyr 1212 brush (measurement 6, spherical)
  • Raphael: Artificial flat brush (½”, measurement 12)
  • Stanislaus Imports Inc.: Dagger brush (½”)

Step 1: Outlining And Utilizing Masking Fluid


With the masking tape, tape all 4 sides of your paper to the picket board, leaving a few ½” border of tape that overlaps your paper. Then, using your image as a reference, make a preliminary sketch of your topic: on this case, a floppy-eared bunny sitting on its hind legs. Deal with the general shapes you see in your reference picture, and ensure to draw lightly. Once you’re completed, dot the spotlight in the eyes with the masking fluid pen to protect the white of the paper, and permit the masking fluid to dry.

Beneath is a close-up of Isabella’s sketch:


Step 2: Blocking In Principal Colours And Furry Textures


Whereas the masking fluid dries, prep your palette with the colours you have to for the portray. With the mop brush, moist then fray the tip, and dab some watered-down Cerulean Blue, Dioxazine Purple, and Ivory Black to the shadowed areas within the fur on the bunny’s face, neck, legs, tummy, and ears. With the identical brush, add some very gentle Uncooked and Burnt Sienna as the inspiration for darker brown patches of colour within the bunny’s fur. With the ½” cat’s tongue brush, combine some Burnt Umber, Dioxazine Purple, and Ultramarine Blue collectively to create a heat grey, then add it to the guidelines and spots on the bunny’s ears.

Step 3: Fluffy Shadows


After mixing some Dioxazine Purple, Indigo, and Ultramarine Blue collectively, use this colour so as to add some gentle shadow colours and give form to the paws and legs. Splay the bristles of the mop brush to create fur texture. Add extra Dioxazine Purple and Cerulean Blue to areas of the face and different areas of the bunny to determine the preliminary shadowing and texture of your portray. You may flick your brush to create tapered brushstrokes for particular person hairs. Enable this primary layer to dry.

Step 4: Facial Patches And Particulars


With the ½” cat’s tongue brush, combine some Burnt Sienna, Brown Madder, and Uncooked Sienna, after which paint some patches of colour on the bunny’s face, high of the pinnacle, and ears. Lighten the combination with some water and add to the perimeters and paws. Pay shut consideration to the route and dimension of the fur and its texture. Swap to the dagger brush (½”) and add some Ivory Black and Dioxazine Purple to the guidelines and edges of the ears and on the face to deepen the darker areas. To complete up the face, add some Rose Doré blended with Burnt Sienna with the Escoda spherical brush (measurement 6) to paint the nostril. Enable this space to dry.

Step 5: Portray A Lifelike Eye


With the dagger brush, drop in additional of the Burnt Sienna so as to add accents to the remainder of the bunny. The goal of this open portray is simplicity, so there’s no want so as to add too many particulars. Taking the Escoda round brush (measurement 6), rigorously add some Ivory Black blended with Dioxazine Purple to fill within the eye (you’ll be able to paint over the masking fluid if it’s dry). Clear the comb, and while it’s wet with clear water, flippantly unfold out the paint across the eyes to create a tender and furry look. Squint at each your reference picture and portray to see the areas that want darker particulars, then go away this layer to dry.

Step 6: Grounding A Rabbit


Utilizing the 1″ cat’s tongue brush, moist it with clear water, and use it to soften among the more durable traces inside the face. Add one other layer of the Dioxazine Purple and Cerulean Blue mixture to the ears, then combine this colour with among the brown combination already on the palette. For background colours, including in colours which have already been used helps convey concord inside the portray. Combine the completely different browns with Dioxazine Purple to create a dust floor for the bunny to face on. Paint this colour loosely across the bunny, making a variegated (i.e. “wet-on-wet”) wash. Pay shut consideration when portray across the edges of the bunny. Paint the detrimental form of the fur to create its texture.

Step 7: Eradicating Masking Fluid And Ending Up


Along with your eraser, take away the dried masking fluid from the eyes. Contact up the eyes with the Escoda spherical brush (measurement 6) utilizing the Ivory Black/Dioxazine Purple combine, and punctiliously keep away from the white highlights. Make any ultimate touches that you just see and permit the entire portray to dry earlier than eradicating the masking tape across the paper.

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