Paint a realistic bird using acrylics | Joe McMenamin | Skillshare

Paint a realistic bird using acrylics

Joe McMenamin, Artist - Illustrator - Teacher

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41 Lessons (2h 25m)
    • 1. Introduction to the course

      1:46
    • 2. Introduction to image preperation

      2:37
    • 3. Tracing the bird

      5:46
    • 4. Tracing the foliage

      1:40
    • 5. Tracing the final details

      1:14
    • 6. Preparing paints and brushes

      6:01
    • 7. Introduction to wet blending

      1:26
    • 8. Preparing for wet blending

      1:47
    • 9. Painting the head

      5:19
    • 10. Painting the neck

      3:15
    • 11. Painting the body of the bird

      2:10
    • 12. Painting the top feathers

      4:34
    • 13. Painting the layers of feathers

      2:58
    • 14. Painting the long skinny feathers

      5:23
    • 15. Painting the overlapping feathers

      3:39
    • 16. Painting the lower feathers

      1:59
    • 17. Painting the brown layer part 1

      1:03
    • 18. Painting the brown layer part 2

      6:28
    • 19. Painting the beak

      3:35
    • 20. Painting the white neck and pollen

      1:39
    • 21. Painting the feet

      4:34
    • 22. Introduction to painting the foliage

      0:41
    • 23. Painting the foliage

      6:34
    • 24. Introduction to dry brushing

      1:13
    • 25. Dry brushing the pollen and neck

      3:45
    • 26. Dry brushing the foliage

      8:41
    • 27. Dry brushing the bird

      6:42
    • 28. Introduction to adding the details

      1:42
    • 29. Adding the details to the foliage

      6:14
    • 30. Adding the details to the top blue feathers

      3:48
    • 31. Thinking about contrast

      8:35
    • 32. Adding the details to the claw

      1:15
    • 33. Adding the details to the beak

      2:46
    • 34. Adding the details to the eye

      5:53
    • 35. Adding the details to the neck

      1:31
    • 36. Adding the details to the white feathers

      5:46
    • 37. Fixing up mistakes

      1:34
    • 38. Introduction to finishing the painting

      0:45
    • 39. Hanging the painting

      3:22
    • 40. Coating with danish oil

      5:00
    • 41. Conclusion

      0:29

Project Description

Make a painting of a bird and share it with me

Follow along with the course and make a bird painting of your own.

You can use your own image or work from the image of the Tui from the painting in this course. You can decide if you want to work on plywood or canvas. If this course has helped you improve your skills in painting or you have just really enjoyed getting into the Art, then I would love to see your work.

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