Draw a realistic Fantail using pencil

Joe McMenamin, Artist - Illustrator - Teacher

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20 Lessons (1h 14m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:04
    • 2. Selecting your lmage

      1:27
    • 3. Selecting your tools

      1:47
    • 4. Drawing the proportions with basic shapes

      3:23
    • 5. Feeling in or sketching the Fantail

      9:20
    • 6. Thinking about subject tone and light source tone

      2:37
    • 7. Tone on the Fantail

      5:17
    • 8. Tone on the branch

      2:16
    • 9. Fine tone on the Fantail's face

      3:14
    • 10. Fine tone on the Fantail's wing

      2:54
    • 11. Fine tone on the branch

      5:37
    • 12. Fine tone on the Fantail's tail

      5:45
    • 13. Texture on the Fantail

      5:58
    • 14. Texture on the branch

      2:35
    • 15. Fine details on the tail

      6:45
    • 16. Fine details on the wing

      5:14
    • 17. Fine details on the eye

      2:26
    • 18. Fine details on the feet

      2:46
    • 19. Fine details on the beak

      0:55
    • 20. Conclusion

      0:27

About This Class

Have you ever wanted to make a realistic drawing of a bird?

This course will teach you all of the steps you need to follow to make a freehand drawing of a beautiful New Zealand bird, the Fantail. We will be using a range of pencils and other drawing materials to produce this drawing. We will cover the following sections in this course:

1. Preparing for the course by selecting your tools and photograph

2. Sketching the Fantail's proportions and features

3. Adding tone to make the drawing appear more three dimensional

4. Adding fine layers of tone to start to understand light and contrast

5. Adding texture to bring out the beautiful feathers of the Fantail

6, Adding fine details to make Fantail appear more realistic

By taking this course you will develop a strong understanding of the drawing skills and techniques needed to draw a realistic looking bird. This knowledge can then be applied to any bird or animal you choose to draw.

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