Simple Watercolor series: 10 mins Bird - Blue Jay | Ze Ze Lai | Skillshare

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Simple Watercolor series: 10 mins Bird - Blue Jay

teacher avatar Ze Ze Lai, Watercolor + Wildlife artist

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4 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Basic Tools

    • 3. Basic Techniques

    • 4. Painting process

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"Simple yet beautiful.  Less is more"

This lesson approaches painting through a minimalistic way with freehand brushstrokes. Rather than the often focus of fine details, the goal is to paint with confidence, vividness and life.

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Ze Ze Lai

Watercolor + Wildlife artist



Ze Ze  in "Wildlife artist of the year" exhibition 2018 at the Mall Galleries, London.


Ze Ze Lai was born in Hong Kong. She has had extensive experience in the art field and design industry. Throughout her career, she has held the role of a graphic designer, an art illustrator and a publisher. 

As a watercolor artist, her expertise is in painting animals, with birds in particular. Through her distinctive manipulation of brushwork and water technique, she creates dream-like and mystical scenes, capable of bringing her viewers on a journey and voyage through their imagination. It is a story. To Ze Ze, birds are such dynamic living creatures, they could be in flocks; have times of solitude; be flying from branch to branch, or... See full profile

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1. Introduction : Hello, my name is CC Emma watercolour artists in Hong Kong. In this series of lessons, I'm going to show you how to paying birds in a minimal style. My favorite paintings, objects are animals and flowers at hand. A lot of animal portraits. I also like to paying the misty and atmospheric style that I believe every painting has a story behind. I have exhibitions around the world. I met a lot of watercolor artist. I traveled many places giving demonstrations and workshops. Today. I'm gonna show you how to paint this bird, Blue Jay in the metabolic style. So like it started. 2. Basic Tools: Let's see about the basic 2s. We have several things that we needed. Firstly, we need watercolor paper. We prefer cold pressed type for this painting. The most important is the texture of the paper. It keeps a medium grain, which is best to work with this lesson. Then we need one small round brush and what to kind of paint. There are many kinds of pain in the store. If you do not have watercolour paint before, I recommend you to buy a watercolor pen SAT, which you can choose 12 colors or 24 colors according to your needs. These sets might come with very fancy packaging. Some even have spaces for mixing your pain and put your brush inside. In this lesson, we only need two colors, ultramarine deep and Payne's gray. And of course, a small round brush. It is very important that the brush has good assumption of border. So we move on to the next step to see the painting process. 3. Basic Techniques: Let's start to have some basic technique. To small branch can handle very small and delicate stroke like dots as well. Painting the eyes of the birds, which is very small. So this small branch is very useful. It can pay very narrow lines, very tiny dots, and also bold strokes. The dry brush on dry paper will leave the very coarse and graph effect. If we have more pain on the branch, the color will become darker, solid. If we press on the brush, stroke will become wider. So that dry brush technique will lead to different effects depends on how much to paying on the brush and how we use the brush. Mostly when we paint the tail of the bird, we will use a rather dry brush with little paint. One very important point is the speed of the stroke. The fastest stroke as better than a slower. The feather-like patterns can be. By wet on wet. After wetting the surface of the paper, we immediately drop the pain on it. Another method is to whet Boehner of the paint, dry brush. 4. Painting process: Before he said, We need some reference photos of the spring. We can search on the internet of Blue Jay Dan. It will come up with lots of photos of the spirit. You can choose the one you like. This photo is only as a reference of the characteristic of the bird. We use Payne's gray From the start. From the position of the eye. We draw the outline of the eye. We then dip a little water with ultramarine to add a very light blue color around the I added some more ultra marine on the brush. We start on the head of the bird. In this step, I'd like to add some fine lights to make a very freely look. With the reference to the color of the photo. We then add Payne's gray to paint a black color strip on the face. We then add a little water to brand with the edges. Then we move on to the body. We use ultra marine, again. Follow the shape of the body to paying to patents on its body. We'll leave blank on it and draw some fine lines of wavy shape. We make some dots and shapes and lines using Payne's gray and ultra marine. Alternatively. We then paint the tail of the bird, but Payne's gray With one stroke. Then we add some patents on it with ultramarine blue. For the tummy of the bird. We just paying with water to blend with the body, leaving a very light color. Finally, re-draw the shape of the beak. Using a rather dry brush scrape. We then add a little color on the eye. And then we put some final touch on the face. And a crow is painted in a very simple fly stroke. Finally, we will paint I bore, leaving a blank for the highlight of the eye. So we finish this painting, a very minimal style that catches the essence of the bird. I hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions, you're welcome to send me a message anytime. See you in next class. Bye bye.