Learn how to draw Beatrix Potter’s most well known and well-loved character, Peter Rabbit.
If you don’t know the story, watch my retelling below. What happens when naughty Peter goes into Mr MacGregor’s garden?
A few of weeks ago I went to the British Museum and actually handled the original artwork of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. I got to spend the afternoon studying the artwork close up so I could get an idea of how she drew and painted.
In this video I show you my sketches and notes and then go through the process of sketching, inking and painting a part of an illustration from the book.
If you don’t know the story, here is video retelling of the Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter. I should let you know that Soporific means something that will send you to sleep and improvident means being a bit careless and having too m much fun and not providing for the future.
See the Beatrix Potter Playlist of videos here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuQ9vjXNtWEQO2t0VZEv5B4TJxVoir6qn
Learn – along with me – how to draw and paint watercolour like Beatrix Potter copying an illustration from The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher.
You can get the pencil sketch, copies of the two versions I painted and a copy of Beatrix Potter’s version from the book all in hi res scans when you support me on Patreon – You can also get an ebook copy of my book Everyone Can Draw!
I think this must be my longest video ever! I’ve not cut out a huge amount, maybe five minutes, so this is pretty much in real time.
My first attempt went very wrong, because I was using the wrong paper and the wrong brush. The second attempt was much better but I think the pencil is all wrong and I still haven’t got the right brush.
I think I’m going to have to go to the British Museum and get up close with some of her artwork to really understand her style.
Looking more closely I see she makes her backgrounds very pale and misty, but her foregrounds and shadows are made up of dark colour tints rather than dark overlays, like I instinctively do – which have a habit of going dirty. So I have learned something!
Now you can listen to my telling of the story of Mr Jeremy Fisher here: