Bighorn in Watercolour – Finishing the Painting

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 adding final details and washes.


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

Reference Image:

  • Following on from the penultimate lesson (Part 4) we will be continuing to add fur details using a smaller brush.
  • You should try to focus on getting as much variation in colour as possible (within reason).
  • You may also need to adjust some larger regions of colour and or tone as well as the relationship between different areas.
  • Think about the overall value statement across the whole artwork at this stage and make any necessary corrections (I had to darken the lighter part of the neck for instance).
  • It is best to finish by punching out the darkest notes (and background) to get the image as defined as possible.