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The Charcoal Series: Draw Realistic Birds Part Two

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Laying down the sketch

    • 4. Laying down the darkest values

    • 5. Laying the midtone values

    • 6. Adding more shadows

    • 7. Background

    • 8. Refining

    • 9. Final thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to the third class in the Charcoal Series! 

As always, this series is all about learning how to have fun with charcoal pencils and using them to create beautiful drawings! In this class, we shall be focused on creating a realistic bird using charcoal pencils.


Join me as I take you through my process of laying down the sketch just by observing the reference image, laying down the values, and finally bringing it all together to a final, striking piece of work.


This class is Part 2 in the Realistic Birds series. In this class, we'll be using toned paper to create our drawing, and this requires different tools and techniques from using plain white paper. If you'd like to learn how to create realistic drawings using white paper, check out my other classes: How To Sketch and Draw a Puppy in Charcoal and Realistic Birds Part One.

Follow me on Skillshare so that you may be the first to know once new classes are posted! So, if you've ever been curious about using charcoal as a medium or would just like to try something different, join me in this class of The Charcoal Series!


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Hi! My name is Chena, also known as LechenArt. I'm based in Nairobi, Kenya and I'd say I'm pretty much a jack-of-all-trades. My background is in Civil Engineering, but art has always been my passion.

I wouldn't say that I am a self-taught artist as I have learned so much through the years from various resources and hours of practice (with lots of mess-ups!). That's why I know that my students can be able to learn and improve on their art, no matter their age or background.



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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to part two of How to draw realistic buds. In this class, we shall be tackling this beautiful Robin. And I've made this class free so that he's going to be accessible to our, I'd classify it as a class for beginners as well as for intermediate and advanced Lana's. I shall take you through the entire process of how I sketched the bud. He led down the duck and the midtone values, how we added in some highlights and how he added in the background. It will be a short class. So I hope that you enjoy it as you follow along the procedure of how to draw the bad. I hope you're ready. And let's get into the second video on the materials that you shall need and a class project. 2. Materials: Moving on to the description of the materials that you shall need for this class, as well as a class project. I decided to use some 200 people in their dream of disrobe in, in my previous classes abused weight paper from cancer. And you can check the description of their previous class projects to see which type of paper in particular that it was. I decided to go for the pastel paper because it has a bit of a rough texture. So it allows me to apply many layers onto their paper. For this class, I decided to go with this light. He kind of colored paper. But you can use whichever people that you have available to you. Doesn't matter if it's tuned or if it's white. Of course, you need some tackled pencils. I have to be Bobbi and six meter called pencils as well as hard charcoal pencil, which I'd say is I to hitch, as well as a white charcoal pencil. You can also use the pastel blocks if you have them, because they laid down pretty much similarly to taco. As you can see over here, I am laying down a bit of the black pastel and you can smudge it around as a conservator in with my finger. And in comparison to the charcoal pencil, consider the smudging is pretty much similar and you can get a pretty much identical look when he's CMS now again to the weight pastel and smudge down, as well as merging down some of their weight, charcoal, pencil. The effect is pretty similar as I said before. We also need some blending. I chose to use a brush as well as a blending stump. And then you'll need some sort of Raisa, a lake. Pointed areas as well as my needed areas are, you'll need some sharpening tools. In my previous class, I had mentioned that when it comes to the points that you have Chaco pencils are really shot. You can use something called a pencil extender. And had said that I will demonstrate how to use it in this class. So all you need to do is to put in your charcoal pencil and then close up the metal part. And that will give you a pretty extended piece of pencil. And it means that you can use your pencil right up to the nib. Moving on to a class project or that the subject. He'll be drawing this beautiful Robin. I get most, if not all of my reference images from Pixabay as well as pixels. And they shall leave a link in the class project section. So all I did was a converted this image into a grayscale using the application that comes pre-installed in May computer. Where class project, I'd like you to follow along to this class. Then feel free to post your creations in any stage, post-war tours in their class project section. And I'd love to see the creations that you come up with just by following along to this class. 3. Laying down the sketch: And now we're going to be laying down the sketch. In my previous class on how to draw chuckled puppy I illustrated are really easy method that you can use to sketch a reference image if you still don't have the Idaho and of how to just glance at Cherry friends image and lay down the features. But in this class I just went to straightaway. We're looking at automated fence image and link down that prominent features and objects. See. So first of all, started by outlining a bada within which may image would lie. Then I went ahead and sketched out the branch that he could see that the budget was standing on. And then they moved upwards, starting with the legs and then the body. And then finally the had. A really easy method to use is to just identify the major shifts that you can see within your offense image and lead those down. As I said before in my previous classes, electro sketch all the way through without erasing. And later on I go ahead and erase the lanes which a think I in the wrong places. With time, it will become really easy for you to lay down their sketch without erasing or rather with erasing. It doesn't really matter. And that's the funding, our budget during animals. And like humans are people whose features are really prominent. And you can tell that this is rubbish should be, and this is where that should be. These comes to animals. You can fudge things up a little bit and still get away with it. So just sketched out to the body, the eyes of the news. That was pretty much it. Post a photo of your sketch at this point. 4. Laying down the darkest values: The next step will be in laying down the darkest values. For this, I usually use the duckies professor, but I have, which is coincidentally the shortest time because I use a lot of it and it is my 6B charcoal pencil. You can also use the block, pasta block at this point. Instead, if you want. I started out by laying down the branch on which I could see body standing on. When you look closely, you'll see that the branches Dhaka towards the bottom side, where delta i is a bit of a shadow done on the top side of the branch. Say lay down those sections. And it might top end, but you may go into the areas where there is more of a highlight by mystic. And that's not really a big problem because we can end up removing the excess chocolate by using Iberia in the step in which we find our drain. Then I moved on to add the dark shadow at the site of the bads body towards the wing. I use short motions because I can see that the shadows directly shot and small. And then I also I did the dark section that indicates the eye as well as the other eye. And then the last part was the nose because dukha towards the bottom. And then moving on to also the other side of the bads body that outlines the feathers at the Edge, as well as the shadow that is at the bottom of the body. And then I did the lines that indicated that buds VT. I'm trying to leave out any areas that I see more of a midtone value. And by midtone, I mean, not as dark as the duckies devalues. I spot a flowers and just wanted to put a little bit of an indication of the shadows that were there. You don't have to copy the defense image exactly. So just put some shadows in some areas that I wanted my shadows to be. Moving on to the shadows on the other side of the drain indicating some of the flowers. Friends image. And we're pretty much done with laying down the dock as follows. 5. Laying the midtone values: The next step will be laying down the midtone values. For this, I'll use both my 2B and made to hedge pencil depending on which one I think is most suitable. 2b pencil is darker than the two HB pencil. So now I'm laying down the shadows that are under buds body that are a bit later than the darkest ones that we leave before. Take care to lay down the pencil strokes in the directions of the feathers are growing. I'm starting with a shadow towards the top of the bird's head, as well as the shadows around its eyes. Slowly moving down the bads body. Amusing, really late pressure with my pencil. As you can see, I'm holding it towards the center of the pencil, not right at the nib of the pencil. There was a bit of a pattern along the buds body where could see some light patches of better as well as some darker patches of Beta's. You can see I'm going to tell people that I'm using has a lot of tooth. You can see that the chocolate isn't going right inside all of the little grooves on the paper. And these girls shall be filled in later on by adding more layers of charcoal on top. You can get really interesting outcomes when you use two and P by a set of white paper. So feel free to experiment with different colors of people's. Future classes will be on how to use black pepper to create striking portraits, as well as tracking unimodel and landscape at moving onto their flowers and branches. Amusing late pressure to indicate my shadow. And remember that whichever lanes that you lay down at this point would be visible even after we end up blending, Drank together and link the lighter areas that were on the top part of the branch. And now giving an indication of Java, this dream was really simple to do. So this step is not as long as it was in the previous trainings. 6. Adding more shadows: Now we're going to add more shadows to our drain. Can do this, you need an extra piece of people on this side. Take your pastel block, Arya softest charcoal pencil, such as a 6B charcoal pencil and scribble over all of other paper. Then take your brush and squiggly thing there, charcoal dust, and lifts that chocolate just to put it in different areas of your bite. As you can see, we need to duck in our shadows a lot more and putting more midtone values on our bad. So just by using our brush, as well as the dusts that we lift up will be able to accomplish a lot more. And our bad without leaving the marks behind that the pencil would leave. As I'm doing this, I'm also blending the areas on which ad or AD laid down the dark charcoal pencil. I'm continually looking between my reference image and my drawing to see where I need to go next. Just as I did with my pencil, the areas that need more of a shadow, I put a lot of the charcoal dust and the areas that need a little bit of shadow. I put the chalk August. The areas that I highlighted on the bads body, I live untouched by the brush. But even if you did get some of that tackle dust on those areas by mistake, it's fine because we shall end up still bringing back in some of those highlights. Continuing this process. After you pick a point because that is the point where I am. So just look and see what you need to. And then a blend along the branch. You can see that we lost the highlight, that hole at the top of the branch that we had already indicated before. So he shall bring back that highlight one of the next videos. I'm just going to blend all over their branches. And if I had drawn before, because in the next video we shall be putting in more of the background to Africa and see the direction in which you went out. But to go to ads. Now we're going to move on to the background. 7. Background: To lay down their background, bergamot Visio of what we did before in the previous video. Blastoff, I started by adding more Chaco das to my spare piece of paper. You may not need to do this step. So to lay down the background, what I did is I just picked up some of the oldest and put in random patterns in the background. As I said before, the fast point that your brush touches on the people after you've picked up the chalk oldest. But if you want to put down some midtone and values and then pick up the dark max that I'm putting in their background to create an interesting background. However, attention blaring out the background a lot with our brush, but still keep the attention to go straight to adds the bad. By using the same procedure that I am showing. You also have different methods of creating the background. Feel free to share them in the project. I am not exactly recreating the background image. Three. Okay. 8. Refining: And now for the fun part of refining our drawing. For this pi two of mostly need are a 2B pencil to hitch pencil, wife chuckled pencil, as well as our blending materials, which is the blending brush and they're blending stump. So I started off by darkening the path I saw needed to go Dhaka, setting out using the two hedge pencil, but quickly switching out to the TBI chuckle pencil. As I said in my previous videos, you can get away with doing an entire drawing just by having one dark chocolate pencil. In my previous drains as well. I said that he liked to dock in the areas in the background that are close to the light areas within my subject and lightening the areas in the background that are close to dock areas within my subject. To illustrate, Look at the way that I'm decanting the background around the bads head top because I'd have to stand out. If you're using a white piece of paper, use appointed areas are to add the highlights. But if you're following along using 20 bars, I am yours your way charcoal pencil to identify relates. Because when you use the area, so you'll notice that you can't really see the highlight, as well as when you use the white chocolate pencil. So go ahead and use away tackled pencil to identify, highlight. If you'd like an illustration on how to use the appointed areas or to add highlight. Please check out my previous classes on how to draw, I chuckle a puppy and how to draw a bad buy Twine in charcoal pencil. So I'm using the way Chaco pencil to add in the highlights. I own domains, as well as a few white feathers along the buds body. I also already added the highlight that indicates the white of the eye or other the reflection of the light on the eye. And now I'm adding the white highlights that I talked about before. That is right at the top of the buds head. You see now the distinction of how the bads had stands out against the dark shadow that top part of the bat's head on the background. Now I think in some of the white parts on the bad body towards the bottom. As usual, I use light pressure with my white shackled pencil as well. Going in that direction. I'm also adding little white lines just to put some visual interest along the bads, like white feathers. But here I am trying to remove some of the Chaco pointed areas. Then I am defining that covered the beak as well as the outline of the body to stand out against the background. And again, my pencil along the body. And adding in more of a shadow face. You can also add in my robot shadow by using a brush and picking up the Chaco August. I needed to dock in the area and I said, so I use my pencil to do that. My pencil. Any slight highlights that I can't see along the body using my way Chaco tensile. And if they got to break with the highlight, I use my brush to dial down that highlight. Adding a highlight at the tip of the beak. You may need to defend edits as you move along. I'm using mania MA pointed areas I here to make the bads body stand out against the background. At this point, I'm pretty much done with my drawing. Just to add a few more details, like moving down the bads feet and defining the outline of the legs. Added a slight highlight at the edge of the feet and the length using my wife charcoal pencil. Now using my eraser to bring back the branch and using my brush with us to make some areas Dhaka. You remember your areas. I will not do much as to adding a highlight when you're using 200 paper, but it will help in defining the edges of your drawing. So when you need to add highlights, just use your weight charcoal pencil. But when you're using white paper to draw on, the procedure will be a lot different to. So to see that procedure and check out the previous classes. Now I'm adding slate highlights into their background using my way to charcoal pencil. I'm adding them along the edges of the dark shadows that had put. As you can see, my background doesn't look like the one that is in the reference image. But you can copy exactly as a reference image looks like just by using the same procedure that we used when we drawing their background. So I'm using my chuckled bent, my white highlight chuckled pencil to add in some brain areas surrounding the bads body. Black at the bottom over here. Still using light pressure. If you feel like you've gone too far, just use your brush to dial down those highlights that you meet an era with. So as you could see, this is a really simple drain to do. And the final thing that you'll need to do once you're done is just to sign your drawing. Feel free to post it on social media if you like. And just going over my signature using my pen tool again. And now we're done with our Chaco. I really hope that you've had and the country to see what you've done in the project section. 9. Final thoughts: And now we've come to the end of this class. I really hope that you've learned something new. The final step that I took was to use some fixative over the top of my drawing so that it does not smudge when I end up framing it, giving it out as a gift to a friend. You can see the exact brand, but I used in the class project section as it will be linked over there. Just make sure to live out your drink to dry before you do anything else with it. I really hope you enjoyed the whole class and the country to see the different things that you draw and the different stages that your drinks go through in the class project section. If you'd like to learn more on how to use charcoal to make realistic, unimodel and portrayed drains. Feel free to follow me on skill share and on instagram. Really hokey and dried. And I can't wait to see you in my next classes.