Workshop: Thirsty Antelope with Derric van Rensburg

Join acrylic artist Derric van Rensburg for this 2-3 hour workshop. Filmed live from Cape Town, South Africa on 4th May 2021.

This workshop will focus on painting African antelope at a waterhole in acrylic paint but in a sketch like / watercolour inspired technique. It will also include an in-depth tutorial on colour mixing and tonal values.

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See reference and recommended materials below:


**Preparation: Using a varnishing brush, apply a white primer to the canvas (quite haphazardly) and allow to dry. The use of a varnishing brush sets the scene for a textured outcome.


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Recommended materials

Canvas: Approximately 40x60 cm, however, any rectangular or square shaped canvas is sufficient

Paint: Any acrylic paint with the approximate colours mentioned below. South African brands include Zellen or Schub. International brands include Lukas or Daler Rowney. The table below lists the paint pigments needed (examples given in two different brands).

Zellen Cobalt blue is very different from other brands of Cobalt blue (try and source a different brand for this particular workshop)

Brushes: Flat nylon (1/4, 1/2, 1 and 1.5 inch), Rigger brush (no. 1 if possible), no. 10 or 12 round brush (brush is round but has a point) and a varnishing brush (2 or 3 or 4 inch).

Other: palette sheet / glass / small white board (to mix colours on), an old towel (to dry and clean brushes), small container with water (to rinse brushes), masking tape, baby wipes (optional) and a spray bottle of water (optional).