How to Paint a Bird in Watercolors | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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How to Paint a Bird in Watercolors

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Getting Started, Drawing

    • 3. Watercolor Bird pt.1

    • 4. Watercolor Bird pt.2

    • 5. Branch, Finishing Touches

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About This Class

Welcome to a New Fall Class! 

In this class, I will show you how to create your drawing and composition. Once you have accomplished your line drawing then you move on to the actual painting. Next, I will show you what materials that I used, and how to properly mix and layer your colors that are needed in order to complete this project. 

What you will learn in this class is, how to improve your watercolor abilities and practice your layering, color, and blending. This class is great for artists of any level and lovers of the Fall season. 

Also, this project will make a great addition to anyone's portfolio. 

Supplies you will need. 

  1. Pencil
  2. Brushes
  3. Watercolor Paints 
  4. Water/cup (2)
  5. Watercolor paper
  6. Rag/Paper Towel

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





About the Artist 

   Hi everyone, My name is Suzanne and I am based in the US. Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

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1. Intro : thank you so much for joining in today, and for today's class, I will be showing you how to create this little bird and watercolors. This is very nice for the upcoming fall season and some nice neutral colors and some blues and warm golds. And then we will just place it on a simple little branch there. In the beginning, I will also include the drying and then jump right into the actual water colors, and I will show you how to layer and mix all of your colors. This will make a great addition to anyone's portfolio. 2. Getting Started, Drawing: first up, I'm going to get started with the drawing, and I'm just going to use a light pencil from the start off with the head there and then just go down a little bit. For the body has had an angle and then just a small triangle shaped there for the beak and then connecting the head and the neck. And again, these shapes are very, very basic. Just a small circle for the I and then a little separation for some colors that were going to be doing here. Just so you know where one begins and one ends separation there for the wing and the tail. 3. Watercolor Bird pt.1: Once you're finished with the drawing weaken jump right into the actual water color. I'm going to start off with the lighter shades first. I'm just gonna put a little bit of water down on the chest there, and I will be starting with some yellow joker and a little bit of the cadmium yellow right here. I'm starting to mix in a little bit of burnt Sienna. We're going to be blending a few different colors in the wings here and for the blue. That's on top of the head and throat the bird. I used the burnt number and a little bit of these a low blow and mix them together there. And then this is just a little bit of a tip. I always test out on a scrap sheet or even on that little drawing board I have underneath my picture. There, I wish, is test out the color just to make sure that it's it's what I was, um, going for and little work with the picture before you directly put it on there. And then it's too late. There's just a little bit of tip, but the burnt number tones down the brightness, and it makes it like a lot more of a a natural, subdued blue. It also deepens the Puerto. - What 4. Watercolor Bird pt.2: and next up, I'm going to be mixing the burnt number and a little bit of the ultra marine blue there. And I'm gonna make, like, a grayish tone for the beak and the legs in the cloths. Okay? I did put some deep blue in the eye there a little bit, and I ended up letting it dry until the very end, and it just it still wasn't dark enough. So in the very end, like I said, I went in with a tiny bit of black ink. I am just going through and adding a little bit more contrast. So where the shadows are, I'm going to deepen them up a little bit on the chest there and then the same thing for the tail and the wing there. 5. Branch, Finishing Touches: And for this last section here, we're going to mixing some burnt sienna on a little bit of the leftover yellow joker there for the small branch. - Thank you so much for watching this tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to check back for more. And also, if you really love watercolor, I have many, many other tutorials available.