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
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12 of 12 students recommend this class
Thanks Joe, you are very talented!! This is such a great class - easy to follow and I've learnt so much. I'm a New Zealander too so it was awesome to see the beautiful Tui. Very inspiring :)