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Paint a realistic bird using acrylics

Joe McMenamin, Artist - Illustrator - Teacher

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41 Videos (2h 25m)
    • Introduction to the course

      1:46
    • Introduction to image preperation

      2:37
    • Tracing the bird

      5:46
    • Tracing the foliage

      1:40
    • Tracing the final details

      1:14
    • Preparing paints and brushes

      6:01
    • Introduction to wet blending

      1:26
    • Preparing for wet blending

      1:47
    • Painting the head

      5:19
    • Painting the neck

      3:15
    • Painting the body of the bird

      2:10
    • Painting the top feathers

      4:34
    • Painting the layers of feathers

      2:58
    • Painting the long skinny feathers

      5:23
    • Painting the overlapping feathers

      3:39
    • Painting the lower feathers

      1:59
    • Painting the brown layer part 1

      1:03
    • Painting the brown layer part 2

      6:28
    • Painting the beak

      3:35
    • Painting the white neck and pollen

      1:39
    • Painting the feet

      4:34
    • Introduction to painting the foliage

      0:41
    • Painting the foliage

      6:34
    • Introduction to dry brushing

      1:13
    • Dry brushing the pollen and neck

      3:45
    • Dry brushing the foliage

      8:41
    • Dry brushing the bird

      6:42
    • Introduction to adding the details

      1:42
    • Adding the details to the foliage

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

      3:48
    • Thinking about contrast

      8:35
    • Adding the details to the claw

      1:15
    • Adding the details to the beak

      2:46
    • Adding the details to the eye

      5:53
    • Adding the details to the neck

      1:31
    • Adding the details to the white feathers

      5:46
    • Fixing up mistakes

      1:34
    • Introduction to finishing the painting

      0:45
    • Hanging the painting

      3:22
    • Coating with danish oil

      5:00
    • Conclusion

      0:29

About This Class

So you have made some acrylic paintings, but you want to learn how to take your skills to the next level. You've seen artists painting in a realistic style, and you would love to be able to paint like that, but you are not sure how to. This course will give you the skills and techniques as the tutor, Joe McMenamin, completes every stage of a painting of the New Zealand songbird the "Tui".

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That's a realy gorgeous class, I haven't gone through it all yet, but I'm planning to <3
Amazing class! I highly recommend this to anyone, be it beginner or someone more advanced. I myself have been working with watercolour but have recently purchased some acrylics so would love to implement some of the new techniques this has taught me. PS: You were always my favourite art teacher in High School! :)
Thank you, Joe! The class is veeery very helpful and presented in logical and detailed manner. I enjoyed all the information and can't wait to finally buy and try acrylics on wood. It's great to see how professional works. Oh, and of course the music :))))))))))
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Joe McMenamin

Artist - Illustrator - Teacher

Joe McMenamin is a painter and printmaker and the flowing organic patterns that ripple through his works have won him a following throughout New Zealand. Joe has a bachelor of media arts from the Waikato Institute of Technology. He teaches art part time at Naenae College in Lower Hutt, Wellington. Joe loves teaching and gets lots of the ideas for his work through interactions with his students. His students also experience first-hand the different processes involved in his prints, drawings an...

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