Draw, Doodle and Watercolor a Cute Bird! | Michelle Yother | Skillshare

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Draw, Doodle and Watercolor a Cute Bird!

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4 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Watercolor Bird Intro & Art Supplies

    • 2. Watercolor Bird Drawing & Doodling

    • 3. Watercolor Bird Painting

    • 4. Watercolor Bird Outlining

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Kids Art: Fun beginner watercolor class for everyone! Learn to draw a cute bird, doodle designs and practice simple watercolor painting.

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1. Watercolor Bird Intro & Art Supplies: Hello everyone. Thank you for coming to my watercolor bird class. Before we begin, we'll just need to go over our supplies. Here's an example of the bird we're going to do today. You'll need some watercolor paper. A black sharpie marker if you'd like to outline your bird when you're finished. A pencil, I have to paint brushes. One is a watercolor round number 71 is a watercolor ground 0. I'm going to use the 0 for the eyes. You also need an eraser. Some water. I like to use either paper towel or I have my trusty wash right here. Don't use moms. Good one. And also the watercolors. Okay, let's get started. 2. Watercolor Bird Drawing & Doodling: Okay, we're ready to draw our bird. Have our example here. We're just going to make a couple of marks on our paper to make sure that our bird does not go off the paper in the drawing. So we want about an inch from this side. Let's make a little tick mark there. And then maybe a half an inch on this side. And just don't want to get any further than this on our paper while we draw. So starting with the beak will leave a space half an inch unless draw around his head. And then we're going to swoop up to his tail. Ready, here we go. Swooping up. Be sure to put a light pencil drawing on. Wanted to show through your watercolor too dark again, and we're just going to draw straight around it. You can see this is just a curved Berg, so it's making plenty around and fluffy. Then they have to be perfect and you can always adjust your lines. That's where we have an eraser for. Nail go. I was going to occur this out a little bit. Sometimes it helps you to turn your paper in an awkward position. So I'm going to do that. Okay, I like the shape of anomie. Use my eraser and just take that extra line out of there. You can do that with me. Divide. You have to adjust yours. Go ahead and do that. So we have a light sketch, we can follow it. Okay. And so let's put his beak on right in the middle of this face. We're just going to add a triangle with two lines. And then one right in the middle. And you can curve that one if you'd like him to smile a little bit. Okay, Happy bird. And then if you follow this line here without drawing it, you can add is I right about here. Okay, good circle. They're not too big. And then cut that circle right in half. And then I'll make his eye and his eyelid. Ok, and let's add his tail. Okay, then that's a add his tail. Who's going to make loops just like on your tennis shoes. One lift, a little bit bigger loop, and then one more. Okay, that looks good. And then let's put some feet. He just needs to lakes that those wood sticks and then match its tail to the speed of just three little loops, 123123. That looks pretty good. We need to put a weighing in right here. So the wing is almost the same shape as the bird. So we'll go around and point it back towards this tail. Just like that. All right, let's add some doodling in. We're going to doodle. His tail is waiting. And then inside of the bird. So meet me for the next part. I'll be right back. Okay, we're ready for the doodling. We're going to add just a few lines just for fun to the tail feathers. I'm just going to live inside of the loops that we already have. Do it one more time. Smaller. This time. There we go. That's super cute. Okay, and then we'll do the same thing to the wing. Make a loop right inside. And then a smaller loop right inside. I'm going to draw the flowers in the same way that I draw the tail feather is going to be loops. So flower loops 1234 could do it with three if you'd like. And I'm going to make them in varying sizes, small and big. Just kind of randomly around my bird. Like that. Nearly they'll, we're all set. I think. I would like to have one more review. Okay. We are ready to paint. So get your water colors ready. I'll meet you in the next part. 3. Watercolor Bird Painting: Okay, we're ready to use our watercolor. I'm going to do my bird red. You can use another color if you'd like. The first thing we're going to do is activate our watercolor. So get your brush pretty wet. And then select the color that you'd like. And you just want to roll your brush around in the water, gets in colored on your brush, and then white over the lock off so you don't get too much. Okay, So here we go. We're going to go ahead and do the red part of the bird or whichever Kelly choose for your birth. I've not what the paper. So it's going to go on pretty bright. And you can spread that color out by just adding a little bit of water as you go. Good, careful don't cover up your eye. School rounded gently. Take your time. Watercolor can be a slow process, and it's just fun to enjoy it. Let's get a bit more color. Just get water engineered. Be careful that you don't get too much water so that you lose control. Just want enough that you can move the paint around. And going around very carefully with the tip of my brush so that I don't paint over my flowers. So you'd like those to be different color. So watch out for your doodles. Don't press hard with your brush just very lightly. Follow the line of view bird. Here we go with around our flowers. And if you need to stop and pause to catch up, we can do that. The great thing about video. And just jump back in when you're ready. Don't feel like you have to go with the same page. Maybe you're even faster than I am and I need to catch up with you. Okay. We're getting there. We're going around the ring very carefully. We have quite a bit of water on my brush right now. So the extra careful not to slash it over my doodles. Just add color. Whenever you feel like it's getting too light. And you can always do another layer. That's the great thing about watercolors. You can just layer the colors until you get it. The color that you want, how dark you want it to be. And the wonderful thing about watercolor is that you can see through it so that lightness of the white paper shows through and that really brings it out. Brings out the color. And the brightness. Makes it very pretty. Okay, we're almost done. Just a hint to more around the flower. Okay, so we're going to let this dry and be careful not to paint right next to any of the paint that is still wet. And I see a little spot right here I like to fill in. And you can always go back and to spot the image, just make some adjustments. So I'm going to rinse off my brush. And then we'll go to the blue color for the beak. Help to activate my glue. Haven't used it yet. So I'm going to split this blue right here, get it pretty wet, get my brush with it. Now we'll do a small area so we don't want too much paint on me. Okay. I'm going to activate my blue paint. I haven't used yet. And we don't want too much paint on there. We want to activate it and then use just a small amount for the beat. So here we go. We're not going to touch the red because it might still be a little bit wet. So let's just outlined the beak first. Make sure you get a good point. That might help you to turn your bird upside-down or in another direction. I'm going to go right up against the red, but not actually too in it. And then just color in my beak. Like this. Okay, that looks pretty good. Just use the very tip of the brush. And then I'm going to do is I, but we're going to use a smaller brush for that. It's a very small space. So let's go ahead and go to the wing and try not to touch you. Read too much is probably dry by now. But just in case scar around the outside of the wing. I'm just going to cover in the first loop of blue. And then the same thing on the top of your brush gets drier. Just get a dab of water. Can use your watch rag or your paper towel to make sure it's not too, but I don't want to get too much water on there. You lose control of your code. That looks good. And I'm also going to do blue right here in the middle. So I'm just going to get a dab of water and getting inside the blue and we'll come back and do the center of the wing later. We need to let that dry before we come back and put the red in. Okay. So we have some blue on the tail. Okay, Just take your time and just line the outside of this tail. Here we go and do one more. And this is the last one. 3 outside. We ran out of paint, just get another gap. Let's do is B, I think I'm going to do speak glue just like here. In Porter's legs. You can just very slowly, just barely touch the paper down in a line. For his leg. Not too much water. Okay. So Muji, the inside of the speed, just barely touching in Canada in a circular motion. In this bird is really cute and you could use it on a card for is a gift. And you can make them as soon as you like. You can give them big feet, big tail feathers, or funny eyes, however you want to definitely them. Okay, so we still have blue on our paint brush. Let's get a little more blue. Just go ahead and do some of the flowers or cider doodles that you have on yours. I'm just going to randomly choose a few of these flowers, More right here. And then I need to fill in. So we'll go back and do that. If you have anything that you need to fill in. That little spot right here, I'd like to fill that in a little closer. Good. Brush up on your paper towel. Be careful with the tip of your brush. So just getting a dab of water. We're going to go around this fun flower that I missed here in the red. Just a little darker. So I'll have to add some water. Be careful that you don't touch that flower if you're doing this to go touch your doodle because MIT wet. Just go around very gently, mix it up. I can always fix a watercolor spot. If you're careful. Here's a way out. There we go. Okay. But one that drives that will be lighter and a movement. Watercolor dries lighter. Okay. So let's get it. Thank we again need some red. And let's do the inside of this wing ends to do this whole section here in the middle of this ring. Without touching the blue. Too much. Put on as much color as you'd like. You can even make a pink bird just by not making it a dam that with my finger. Or you can also there that would be paper towel, something gets away from you. Okay, so let's do the same thing with the red. And then we can get on to the yellow. And let's activate the yellow. I'm going to get a real bright yellow. Good enough on my brush and we can see it well. Okay, Why did I let this dry? We'll go ahead and do the flowers that we want to do in yellow or whatever you have on yours that you're going to switch colors. Make some oval shapes with my brush. Okay? And then we can go back. Okay, now carefully add to the tail, It's still a little wet. Those long as we don't touch the red, think we'll be okay. Here we go. Go ahead and rinse your brush out and we'll switch to a smaller brush. Or if you want to use your bigger when can just be extra careful. Let's get this in here. Just a dab of color. And we're just gonna do the bottom portion of the eye and then go round in a circle. So with your small brush are very carefully with your larger brush. Just dab at it. Make a line around this. I just make it show up. Here we go. Just make that circle Nice to meet you. What that looks like a happy bird. Okay, So now we have everything colored in. The next step will be to outline their bird and just make it pop. So I'll see you in the last part of this. 4. Watercolor Bird Outlining: Welcome back to the last section of the watercolor bird. We're going to use our thin line marker to just make this bird pop. Just wanted dab your fingers over the top of your bird, make sure it's pretty dry before you start with him monitor. So I'm going to outline this bird and I have a rough paper here. Women do very slowly middle to move a little faster. We're just going to outline the very outside of the bird and then we'll go in and do the details. So take your marker, Mary, gently around, take your time. This is the part that takes a little extra effort. I always go back a second time. If we need to clean something up there, makes something a little bit thicker. Then make my lines thicker right there. And then bring it down. This is going to make it just pop off the page. And of course this is optional preferences. Okay, Let's do the bottom of the bird. And I think that it helps me if I turn the paper just for hand motion, but be careful you don't get your hands on the wet marker. So going around, you'll see mine's a little bumpy. I have some very textured watercolor paper and yours may be more smooth. If you need to catch up, just pause the video and do the outside of the beak. And then I'm going to put his smile line where it back in right there. Make sure you tell me. And I do the inside of this beak as well. Okay. For his legs, I'm not going to draw right on top of the blue line. I'm going to go right behind it and just line the back of it just like the shadow on his leg. And then outline his feet. Same thing here. Which is the same thing to the tail was outlines, tail feathers. The inside, middle. Take your time. But it doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a cute little bird. Okay, So we're gonna do the same with the I and the flowers that have put in or the doodles that you have some working from left to right just because I'm right-handed. So I don't touch any of the wet Mars. Gently go around you. We can do the inside line if you'd like. The flowers, just like I did as well. Okay. So the wing would do just like ground. Here we go. All right, I think a pretty cute birth. I hope you can use it for something adorable. Give it to a friend. Don't forget to sign your name at the bottom. And I hope I see you in the next class. Thank you.