Watercolour Fun - Paint a Kingfisher

Denise Hughes, Illustrator, Designer, Tutor

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7 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:49
    • 2. The Stumbling Blocks to Drawing

      10:07
    • 3. Practising Drawing and Observing

      7:15
    • 4. Kingfisher - An Exercise in Simplifying Shapes

      6:36
    • 5. Drawing your Kingfisher

      10:46
    • 6. Painting your Kingfisher

      32:19
    • 7. Final Thoughts

      2:11

Project Description

Project Description

CLASS PROJECT

There are two parts to this class project:

1. To try out the observational drawing exercises of the meerkat and the kingfisher.

2. To create a watercolour painting of a kingfisher. 

SUPPLIES

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Marker Pen
  • Printer
  • Watercolor paints 
  • Brushes
  • Watercolor paper
  • Kitchen towel or tissues
  • Water



CLASS TASKS

Please share the following in the Class Project Gallery:

  • Your observational drawing exercises of the meerkat and the kingfisher.

  • Your watercolour painting of the kingfisher. 

  • ...and anything else you wish to share!

RESOURCES

Here are the resources you will need to print out before starting the class. 

STEP 1:

In the first step we will look at the stumbling blocks to drawing - and how to avoid them. 

STEP 2:

Before we start on the kingfisher we will practise how to observe and draw accurately using our meerkat print out. We will learn how every drawing and painting can be achieved by following three simple steps: 

  • Simplify
  • Refine 
  • and add detail

Share this exercise in the class project gallery.

STEP 3:

We'll practise the three steps on the kingfisher print out. 

Share this exercise in the class project gallery.

STEP 4

In this stage we'll transfer our knowledge of how to draw the kingfisher in ligh pencil onto our watercolour paper ready for painting. 

STEP 5

This stage will take you through the process of painting the kingfisher from start to finish. You will learn some watercolour techniques, including wet in wet, lifting out and how to deal with mistakes. This is quite a long video but my hope is that by watching the whole process you will develop a better understanding of the order of the painting and how it is layered up. Of course, you don't need to copy exactly what I do here and you are free to paint your kingfisher just how you like so dont feel restricted by the video in anyway. It is just a point of reference and I hope it is interesting to see the process as a whole. 

Happy painting!!

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Denise:) 

Website: www.denisehughes.co.uk

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