Bighorn in Watercolour – Adding in Finer Details

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this session we will be using a very small brush to add more details in the fur and horns.


  • Watercolour paper
  • Several small – medium soft brushes
  • Watercolour paints (anything you have to hand)
  • Water pot
  • Paper towel or rag

Reference Image:

  • You will only need a very small brush for this stage.
  • You can use the same colour mixtures that you used for the previous passes.
  • Feel free to play around with colour accents though (dashes of more saturated or greater colours).
  • Look for details like the finer ridging in the horns or the fur.
  • Pay particular attention to what’s happening at the shadow edge as this is where more texture is apparent.
  • I also recommend that you try to maintain a reasonable amount of white paper to maintain a sense of luminosity in the picture.