Rabbits are cute subjects for paintings, especially for children’s art projects. These can be painted in a wide range of styles, from semi-abstract to photorealistic. Rabbit paintings are made in all media, including watercolor, tempera, acrylic and oil. Rabbits can be painted as images stylized painted. They can be painted alone or in a landscape. Children like to paint them as caricatures. The most serious painters represent realistically rabbits in naturalistic paintings of the life wild. The painting’s most famous of rabbit is “A Young Hare” the Renaissance painter of Northern Germany, Albrecht Durer. The coat of a rabbit is difficult to represent with paint at first, but it becomes easier with practice.


  1. Study the rabbits and practice drawing them on paper. Make pre-made rabbit drawings in real life if you have access to them. Photograph the rabbit and use images as references when painting. Draw them and photograph them while they sleep, so they do not move too much. If you cannot draw real rabbits, use Internet reference pictures or books from the library. Draw the basic shapes that generate the general shape of the rabbit.
  2. Finish your final rabbit composition drawing. Includes details of your ears, legs and tail. Make the drawing the same size as the painting so that you can transfer the image to the canvas. Prepare your canvas by covering it with a plaster base coat. Use at least three layers, adding a little more water to each layer to dilute it. Sand the surface to smooth it for fine detail work on rabbit fur. Draw your composition freehand on the canvas or draw it from your drawing.
  3. Apply mild paint washes in diluted gray colors for a base paint. It establishes the tonal structure of the painting with this coat of paint. Use dark shades to represent the shadows around and over the rabbit. Contrast the shaded areas with brightly lit parts in the rabbit. Paint the colors of the background surrounding the rabbit.
  4. Match the color of the rabbit with your paint. Mix colors or paint with thin layers or colored washings, one on top of the other. Represents the rabbit’s fur using short, thin, dark and clear strokes with a small brush for details. Paint the hairs individually if you have the time. Use a larger flat brush, separating hairs to make fine lines to speed up the process. Build the texture of the rabbit’s coat with massive amounts of small strokes.
  5. Finish painting by painting the smallest details of the rabbit. Use your smaller pen brush to paint the rabbit’s nails, mustaches and facial features. Define the shape of “Y” where the nose of the rabbit is attached to his mouth. Paint the accentuated highlights last. Add rebound lights or dots of light reflected in the rabbit’s eyes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint your rabbit in a natural pose.
  • Be careful when handling rabbits; they kick and sometimes they bite.

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