24 Watercolor Animal Painting Ideas

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If you’re looking for watercolor animal painting ideas and inspiration, I’ve got you covered. You’ll love these gorgeous watercolor animals.

Below, you’ll find an inspiring variety of animal watercolor paintings. From beginner-friendly to advanced, you’re sure to find a painting for your skill level.

I’m sharing rabbit references, chicken painting references, bird paintings, and more.

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, consider painting the animals you see around you. You can paint your family pet, the birds outside, and so much more.


snake on hand painting

This creative painting features a hand with a snake wrapped around it. The color palette was a great choice for this art piece.

Credit: cvt.art

rabbit watercolor painting

I love the art style used for this watercolor rabbit painting. The paint splatters help make this painting stand out.

Credit: jimlagasse

chicken and other animals painting

Practice your skills by drawing and painting small doodles like these. The more your practice, the better you will get.

Credit: sophie_little_eye

rabbit faces with purple flowers watercolor

This painting shows a rabbit’s head drawn from different angles. This is a great way to improve your skills when painting realistic animals.

Credit: yun.maorongrong

watercolor fox in snow

If you’re looking for gift ideas, a handmade painting like this would make a great gift for friends and family.

Credit: eszillui

watercolor chicken

I love the watercolor style that was used to paint this chicken. Check out the artist to see more art pieces like this one.

Credit: koller_watercolor

watercolor finch

Here’s a simple and realistic painting of a bird. The texture of the birds feathers was done so well here.

Credit: starlit.brushstrokes

watercolor owl with flowers

I love this cute owl painting. A design look this would look great on a handmade greeting card.

Credit: doodleafterwork

watercolor hare

This painting uses the loose painting technique. A loose painting communicates visually with suggestions rather than trying to describe everything in precise detail.

Credit: amandas.art.page

watercolor chickens

If you’re looking for a reference you can paint while relaxing and not worrying too much about the details, these chicken doodles make a great reference.

Credit: kaye.h.shu

watercolor giraffes

This cute mother and child giraffe painting would make a great gift for Mother’s Day when painted on canvas.

Credit: compagocreative

watercolor animals

Be inspired by these four animal paintings featureing a bunny rabbit, a duck, a mouse, and a cute cat wearing a floral crown.

Credit: art_irisa

watercolor butterfly on flower

I love paintings that feature flowers and butterflies. If you do as well, I know you’ll love this painting.

Credit: jayashreepaints

watercolor whales

If you love watercolor art inspired by nature, make sure you check out more of Lauren’s work using the link below.

Credit: cosmic_orca

watercolor fox

This fox painting makes a great reference for those who are new to watercolor. You can swap out the pink for your favorite color.

Credit: cesar.et.mine

watercolor bear

If you love this bear painting, I highly recommend checking out the artist to see more. They have a fun and unique art style.

Credit: treeebird

watercolor rainforest animals

This painting has a gorgeous rainforest theme. Not only is the drawing great, but the colors go perfectly together.

Credit: lyndaeledge

watercolor hedgehog with flowers

This hedgehog is really strutting its stuff in this painting. I love how the artist used flowers for the body.

Credit: sarinah_96

watercolor mouse with flower crown

This cute mouse painting looks amazing. I love the detail that was used here. Unfortunately, the artist’s Instagram account is no longer active, so I’m unable to share their page.

watercolor woodland animals

Aren’t these woodland forest animals the cutest? Check out
BTL Art Studio to purchase stickers from the artist.

Credit: by_the_lakeside

watercolor cat painting tutorial

The artist has created a four-step visual of how they went about painting this cute little kitty. They really did a great job with this.

Credit: yasmin.garcia.art

two watercolor snakes

Seeing this painting up close shows you how simple it can be to paint snakes. The artist behind this painting has an Etsy shop I recommend checking out.

Credit: tansymoore

watercolor owl tutorial

Learn how to paint an owl with this simple step-by-step tutorial. Once you’ve learned how to paint the owl, you can add additional elements to your painting like flowers.

Credit: magdalena.illustration

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