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Paint Along: Creative Figures in Watercolour with Leo Crane and Roy Joseph Butler

26/10/2021 6:30 pm | Zoom

Paint along with artists & co-founders of Figuration, Leo Crane and Roy Joseph Butler in this LIVE online contemporary watercolour workshop.

Get your brushes ready this October to paint along with artists Leo Crane and Roy Joseph Butler in this LIVE online masterclass. As well as demonstrating watercolour techniques, Leo and Roy will discuss the painter-model relationship with insights from their new book Contemporary Figures in Watercolour: Speed, Gesture and Story.

You can join in, painting Roy at the same time as Leo. As you paint, Leo will share his exuberant and liberating approach to watercolour. To join him in painting, you’ll need the following materials:

Watercolour paints and paper,


A jar of water and a kitchen towel.

If you’d rather draw or paint in another medium, that’s fine too! You’ll leave the masterclass with new skills and a fantastic, contemporary watercolour portrait! Are you ready for this watercolour challenge? Grab your ticket now and join in the fun!

This session will be held on Zoom and any additional ticket information will be emailed to you separately. All events will be in English.



Dive into figure painting with this fresh take on capturing the human form in watercolour.

In Contemporary Figures in Watercolour, painter Leo Crane and art model Roy Joseph Butler explore how to interpret the gestures and movements of the figure through the language of paint. Through a range of exercises, they show how to work with the fluidity and immediacy of watercolour to create lively paintings that are bursting with character and narrative possibility.

With experience in both fine art and animation, they share tips on bringing life to the figure, and encourage you to discover a liberating and enjoyable approach to paint. Packed with techniques, exercises and step-by-step demonstrations.

  • Paintings by Leo feature throughout to demonstrate the working process through to the finished product. With a focus on the dynamic exchange between artist and subject, speed, gesture and story, this book will appeal to artists looking anew at life painting and who are eager to capture the essence of character in movement.



Leo Crane and Roy Joseph Butler are co-founders of Figuration, a creative studio specialising in fine art and animation. They produce films, exhibitions, workshops, and events in partnership with cultural and community spaces across the UK, including the V&A, British Library, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and The Hepworth Wakefield. They have been featured in print, radio, and tv, including the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show and Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.

Paint Along: Creative Figures in Watercolour with Leo Crane and Roy Joseph Butler

When: Tuesday 26 October, 18.30-19.00
Tickets are £5.98 and can be booked here