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Whimsical Watercolor Owls

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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Lessons in This Class

33 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Using the Template

    • 4. Owl #1: Body

    • 5. Owl #1: Facial Disc

    • 6. Owl #1: Hat & Legs

    • 7. Owl #1: Eyes & Beak

    • 8. Owl #1: Adding Dimension to Eyeballs

    • 9. Owl #1: Details

    • 10. Owl #2: Head

    • 11. Owl #2: Body

    • 12. Owl#2: Rose, Feet, & Beak

    • 13. Owl#2: Eyes, Leaf, Collar

    • 14. Owl #2: Pattern on the Dress

    • 15. Owl#2: O2 Glasses

    • 16. Owl #2: Leaves on Dress

    • 17. Owl #2: Collar & Shading on Dress

    • 18. Owl #3: Details on the Nose, Leaf, & Feet

    • 19. Owl #2: Details on the Glasses

    • 20. Owl #2: Adding Dimension to the Eyes

    • 21. Owl #3: Head & Body

    • 22. Owl #3: Basketball

    • 23. Owl #3: Whistle & Eyes

    • 24. Owl #3: Beak & Feet

    • 25. Owl #3: Wings & Brows

    • 26. Owl#3: Athletic Socks

    • 27. Owl#3: Detail - Outlining

    • 28. Owl#3: Basketball & Whistle

    • 29. Owl#3: Detail on Eyes

    • 30. 30 Owl #1 Background

    • 31. Owl #2 Background

    • 32. Owl #3 :Background

    • 33. Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Owls are magnificent and beautiful creatures, and in today's class, we'll take some of their characteristics and add a touch of whimsy to create original artwork. We will create three whimsical owls: A Hipster Owl, A Southern Belle Owl, and a Basketball Coach Owl.

Today's class is geared towards Advanced Beginner and Intermediate Watercolorists. We will work on techniques such as building layers of color, removing damp paint to create highlights, and shading round objects.

Each of the three owls has a series of 8-10 lessons. The lessons are broken down into 3-4 minute classes, devoted to each step of the process. The owls are stand alone, and you can select which owl you'd like to create. You can also modify the owl as the inspiration hits.

Special thanks to Terri B for the class suggestion topic.

I've included links to my:

Whimisical Watercolor Whales Class for another class on unusually colored creatures. 

Watercolor Barn Owl for another class on owls.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website danielamellen.com or my YouTube Channel for additional c... See full profile

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1. Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniella Melon and author and artist here on skill share. Welcome to my class. Whimsical watercolors, Owls Owls are amazingly beautiful and fierce creatures with heads that turn 280 degrees, powerful claws and penetrating eyes. But in today's class, we've taken the mighty owl and had some fun with it. Instead of flying creatures who silently hunt their prey, we've created more innocuous specimens. There's a hipster owl, complete with matching beret and striped socks. Ah, Southern Belle Owl wearing her Sunday best and lastly, a sporting owl ready to coach the game of basketball. In today's class, which is geared towards advanced beginner and intermediate water colorists, we will work on techniques such as building up color, removing damn paint to create highlights and shading round objects. We will also build up layers throughout our work. The first layers will be made with a wet on wet technique to achieve a graduated base that has both highlights and shadows they detail with our wet on dry technique. Each of the three owls has a series of 8 to 10 lessons. The lessons are broken down into approximately 3 to 4 minute classes devoted to each step of the process. The owls air stand alone, and you can select which owl you'd like to create. You could also modify the owl as you're inspired to do. So I've included a template to help you sketch out your image and a class supply list for your class project. Create your very own whimsical owl. Please take a photo of your work and posted in the project section. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes. And please consider leaving a review. Thanks for joining me today, okay? 2. Class Supplies: for our whimsical watercolor owls class. You'll just need some basic watercolor supplies. We'll start with a big jug for water. Um, your templates, which you can find the project section and there are three images. You can download this and print it out. They Each page fits on a standard piece of copy paper, pencil and eraser pair of scissors to cut out the template. Um, some watercolor paper. Five by seven inches. This is £140 assorted brushes. I use a spray bottle with some clear water and then my paints on a pallet. In the next chapter, I'll show you how to use the template. 3. Using the Template: So once you print out your pages your templates. Here you have two birds on one page and a single owl on the other. What I do is I take my owl and I'll cut around it. So I have the silhouette, which I have right here. Then I'll take it, put it on top of my watercolor paper, place it right where I want it, and then I'll just slightly trace with pencil the outline to get my image. And I'm not trying to scar the paper with my pencil. Just leave a light mark. So I go around the whole image, and then after that's complete, I can go in and make any modifications that I want, and I could add anything in the inside as well. So here I'd start by just continuing the brim of the hat, maybe it at the nose right in the center, and go on and on and make the entire bird. It's fairly simple. You can modify your template at this point. It's quite easy to do. Could make the wings larger, make the nose smaller. Anything you like to do here, at the eyes in Once you have it. The way you like. You can start your painting instead of cutting it out, though you can also use a light pad, which is which is just a illuminated light box. And here I've included a sped up video showing how I do that, to trace my image without having to cut it out on the paper. 4. Owl #1: Body: So here I have our first owl. He's wearing a little kind of a beret, and I think I'm gonna put little striped feet on him as well, because his whimsical that gives me a lot of freedom. I'm gonna color him in a blue shade, so the first thing I'll do is with the body. Ah, what? The whole body and the wings with this clear water, I also do around the eyes, just the outside of the eyes, the facial disc here. Then I'll go over here makes my color. I'll take some of this deep blue, just like a navy blue. And then some of this spray public Borloo and a little more water to that have a nice color here will sharpen the point of my brush, and I'll create the outline here around the body. Then I'll go in and I'll wet my brush and any areas that have a harsh line, I'll just wet with clear water, and that color will bleed a little right into the rest of the body. I'll go back in and a little more pigment and just drop it right on the edge. As the color drives. It'll lighten a little bit. I'm going to switch to a smaller brush. This is a number one brush Gonna turn my painting to the side. I'm gonna work on the wings, so just make sure that they're still wet. We'll come back in with my pigment and I'm gonna create a teeny little space in between the wing in the body. We're just gonna let that stay dry. Then I'll go back in with a little more pigment and just to the outer edge here, and I'll do the same thing with the other wing. I'll let this layer dry. 5. Owl #1: Facial Disc: now, while the blue body is drying in, the wings would work on the head. So I'll turn this around and with my brush, I'm still using a number one brush just gonna wet the area around the eyeball and then I'm just gonna create that boundary. And wherever I went, the color will bleed still creating a little barrier between the body, the wing and the head where you can see a little line of white paper. The same thing would go around the eye. I'll go in with a wet brush to stamp on the edges so there are no harsh lines. And before I move on to the other side before my paint dries, gonna make a nice, intense blue and just go around the edge. And since the paper that I have already painted his wet, it'll create a nice Grady int from the deep color to the lighter color. I'll go back in, finish the face, then I'll go back in with my pigment go right around the edge. If the area looks to light, I'll go back in there with some more pigment and just dropping some color, and then I'll let these layers completely dry. 6. Owl #1: Hat & Legs: it's not. Their first layer is dry. I get to work on the next layer, so we'll work on the first layer for the hat and for the legs. Since they're gonna be the same basic color, we'll start with my small brush, but a wet the the little legs here, legs and feet. And then I'm gonna mix very light yellow with just a little bit of yellow orange in it. I'll take that. I'll just drop that color in. Well, that's drying a work on the hat, so flip that over. Switch to a larger brush. This is the number six gonna put in some wet pig wet water on the main area of the hat in the top here. And I'm going with my color that we mused on the legs and drop that in a swell again, leaving a little barrier between the hat and the head of the L metals. Add some of this pigment a little more on the edges and then to the top of this beret here , still keeping a little space between the sections, and I'll come back here and just drop in a little pigment right on the feet. Make them darker at the base and let this layer completely dry. 7. Owl #1: Eyes & Beak: So our first layers air dry on our our body, head and hat and feet. Now we're gonna work on the nose here, so I'm gonna just wet the paper, Don't want it to be too wet. And I wept These eyeballs, I'll going with some black for the eyes, create the shape is a fairly light gray. Yes, I'm happy with shape. I'll come back in and drop in more pigment. We'll do the same with the other. I I'll come back here and as you can see, they're different sizes. I'll come back in here on the smaller I and enlarge that somewhat there we have the eyes kind of a bit wonky. One's higher than the other, but it has a little bit of character you'd like. You can make the eyes facing up to the side. You can even make a cross eyed owl if you'd like. Go in there and the first layer I'm gonna do is yellow. The same color is the hat and the feet. This will give a little bit of continuity. And then I'm gonna go in there with a little bit of the more of an orange color saw mix some orange yellow with some orange. Put it on the point of my brush so I can control it and I'll drop it in at the top of the nose. Now pull it down, clear off my brush and they'll go back in with some of that yellow color and right at the base. Add that in and we'll get a nice little blending effect and we'll let this layer dry, will come back and work on the eyeballs some more. 8. Owl #1: Adding Dimension to Eyeballs: so not the eyes air dry. We can go in there and work on the eyeballs. We want to create a little bit of definition. So with my larger brush and just got a wet it with clear water, get it to a point. And I'm just gonna paint around the edge of the eye. Careful not to paint the blue body, just the edge of the I. And really, I'm just trying to wet the paper a little bit. Then I'm gonna go in with my very small brush. This is a 12/0, and I'm gonna make a very light gray Had a little more water to that, and I'm gonna add just a little bit of blue to that and that will tie in from the body as well. Now, with enough paint on my brush to control, I'm gonna just go around the edge here. So I'm on the inside of the eyeball with some of that brown. Some of that great. We just mixed. I'm gonna go in with my number one brush. Let's wet and make sure there's no harsh line. I'll let the other eyeball again just to make sure we don't have the harsh line we do, and then I'll go in with my bluish gray and outline the eye again. Now it's running a little bit over here, so I'll go in there with my brush clean brush and just clean it up a little bit. I can do that because it's still wet on the paper. Then I'll go back in a little more. Gray just added to the base here and over here as well. Again, I'll go back in with a damp, larger brush just to clean it up. And there I've added a little dimension to the eyes. 9. Owl #1: Details: before we start adding any details, gonna take my eraser and gently erase any of the pencil marks that remain. And so this gives me an idea of what I need to do to outline the hat and the legs. Um, some of the border didn't really show through. I painted up to the line, which I thought I had done well enough, but I can see here just needs a little tidying up. So starting on this side just added a little bit of of more intense color this yellow orange, and I'm just gonna create the outline. My brushes, just almost dry, has just enough pigment to brush on, and they'll create the outline for each section here, and I'll do the same thing with the feet. Well, that's drying. It shouldn't take very long. I'm gonna mix my color. I want to make the hat striped, and I wanna have striped legs here just to be a little whimsical. I can use any color. It can use orange. I think I'm gonna use like, a hot pink, so I'll mix some of this deep red in a little bit of pink. A pair of a nice color I think a little more red with that look and to take my small brush My number one brush. And it would start with the hat, pick up some pigment from my brush Very sharp point, and I'm going to start right in the center of the hat and I want to make it look like it's a knit hat. So I'm gonna create a strike going up and down vertical stripe. But I'm gonna jagged Lee, pull the brush strokes and I'll do the same thing here on either side, just eyeballing it, how I want to space it and I'll go back in and deposits more pigment make a small little straight on the edge here and then as it dries, you can see it lightens up, so I'll just go back in and add a little more pigment. And now for the top of the hat, gonna make a little bit of a stripe at the base of this little section of the hat that stands up. And then I want to pull my from the center on an ark so I'll start here and pull it out and here and pull it out. And then I'm gonna make each of the lines kind of following that shape as if they were coming from the center. I could go back in and add a little more pigment is needed and then right in the center to do a thin line just like that, I'm gonna switch to my smallest brush, my 12/0, and I'm gonna go in and I'm gonna make striped on the feet so I'll start with the left foot here, and I'm just gonna create a kind of, ah, you shape a little curve and I'm gonna go down the length of a little leg and I'll add just enough pigment that I have to come back and ADM or on my brush and I'm gonna try and go down each and every little toe as well. That kind of gives it a little whimsical look. We'll do the same thing on the other foot, and we'll let this layer completely dry. What we'll do is we'll paint all three of our birds and come back and just work on some very simple backgrounds 10. Owl #2: Head: for a second animal will decide on the color. And I think I'm gonna paint um, most of the face and the body with a purple color so it takes some purple. Now mix it with some of that blue I already have on the palate, but that's just the deep blue. So I'm trying to get a purple color here. Here we go. So with a clear brush, I'll start with head this time. Go toe wet the face. Turn this to the side. Gonna go with my six brush because a little bit longer the bristles pick up some of that color and again I'll create the outline. Go right up to the nose and underneath these eyeglasses. Then I'll go back in with some clear water and blend this all out. So there's no harsh lines and I do that on the other side as well. Come back in with my color. I'll add more color to the edge here. Then what? It makes just a lighter purple. Here, make sure it's all bleeding. So here I went over the glasses a little. I'm just gonna try and pick up some of that color, and then I'll just replace it back on the face again. Again being a little more cautious of the glasses. Gandal going with that lighter color, Gonna continue finishing the top of the head here and I'll turn this upside down. It was clear water. I'll go over centre of the head being careful not to go over the glasses. And then I'll take my pigment. Go around the edge. Here, take some clear water in the center of the forehead, move my pigment around and then get a little more pigment for the side. Turn it over. Add a little more pigment to the edges. So I have to mix up some more of that purple and blue. And now I'm just gonna drop in a little on the edge, take my lighter color here and help that to bleed out a little bit. And I'll go back in with just some Clearwater. Move the pigment around a little for a little contrast. My goal is to have the edge is be a little bit darker in the center of the face. Pull up some of the color from the nose too. Let this dry. We'll work on the wings in the body 11. Owl #2: Body : So now again with my number six brush, I'll go in with the wings, wet them down, and then I'll take my pigment and add it right to the edges again. I'll take some clear water on my brush and pull that pigment from the center. I'll take some of the pigment on this side. Do the same thing here for this wing. Clear off my brush, pull some of the pigment out of the center, and now put this over and work on the base here. But it was clear water. And then I'll add some pigment part of the neck to Dio. So I will come in here, wet it, and then I'll just add my blue pigment could take this color right to the top. I think right to the where it meets the face, and I'll just clear that over there as well, at a little more color on the edge here. Just so it's all uniform, and now we'll let this dry 12. Owl#2: Rose, Feet, & Beak: So now that our first layers dry, I'd like to add the first layer of the rose and the first layer of the feet here. So for the roads were to do it in pink. So I'm just gonna mix a little bit of pink. Here, take some of this color and I'm just gonna color the entire rose in just a very soft pink. I think all what the rose first and then since is our first layer is dropping the color, let it bleed around and for the feet will do a similar thing. But we're gonna do it any kind of a yellow color. So what color? Both legs here with the Siri's soft yellow. And I can drop in a little more pigment on one side to give it a little dimension. And while we're at it, we'll do the same thing with the nose will create our first layer on the nose. We'll match the same color as the feet and just dropping some of that yellow. And we left these layers dry 13. Owl#2: Eyes, Leaf, Collar: So now I'd like to color in the little peoples of the eye. So we take my smallest brush and I'm gonna wet those little dots, and then I'm gonna dropping some black color going to the next one. Now I'm gonna come back in and just add some more pigment. I want that to be a very bright, um, black, not a gray at all. Well, that's drying. I'm gonna take my number one brush and add a little bit of light green here for that leaf again. This is the first layer, so it doesn't have to be darker, bright. And then I'd like to add some of this lacework here. I'm gonna add a very light layer of grey. This will dry, even lighter, and it will just be a different shade than the dress. So we'll let this dry 14. Owl #2: Pattern on the Dress: we'll start on the little floral print. It's gonna be on the dress. This is optional, but I think it's a pretty little detail. So I'm gonna take my tiniest brush here the 12/0, and I'm gonna take some of that pink that we nixed, make it a little more vibrant. And then I'm just gonna create these teeny little shapes indicative of Rose. We'll kind of just scatter that around the dress. So I'm making little sees and reverse sees staggering them. When it comes closer to the belt area. Just like it was a piece of fabric, the pattern will continue. I'm just gonna leave the belt area plane, but right beneath it in the skirt. I'm gonna continue with the pattern and it might go off the edge of times. That's OK, but gets truncated. - I gotta stop before it gets to that little lacy top and then right over here on the edge, I'll make this a slight one. And I think I'll do the same thing here. Any little sections I see that looks like could use a little bit of a pattern. Maybe one here, and I'll let that layer dry 15. Owl#2: O2 Glasses: now I'd like to work on the glass is I'm gonna make them a nice shade of green. So I'm gonna take my number one brush and I'll paint just clear water inside the frames and they don't get my green Gonna makes this very vibrant green, and I'll mix it with a little bit of yellow. It's gonna be our first layer, but we're gonna do this all wet on wet so we'll drop in my color, filling the entire frame of the glasses with this green. Do each little section as well and a little more color. Finish this frame and then I'm gonna take in some of this more vibrant green. We'll mix it with the color we next, and I'll just drop it off center here and I'll start at the bottom of each of the frames and let it move about. I'll go back in with that original color we made, makes a little more of it and help that color to move by giving it more wet area. So there are no harsh lines here in the frame. It's go back in with some of the darker color and I let this dry 16. Owl #2: Leaves on Dress: Now we're gonna put a little bit of leaf work on these flowers on the dress. So I'll take some of this vibrant green with a little bit of the darker green and a little bit of water until I get the shade that I like. And then I'm just gonna go and create just a little. So watch just a hint of a leaf. I'll try and do it on all of them. Kind of facing different directions. Kind of making a triangle shape with the center hollow. Then we haven't let this layer dry. 17. Owl #2: Collar & Shading on Dress: Now that our layers air dry, I'll go in with my eraser and erase any pencil marks. This will give us an idea of any areas we have to fix for add more color to. I'm gonna hold off on going the dress because I know that we didn't create a border yet, but I'll work on the flower in the legs here and then the eyes. All right, This gives us more of an idea what we have to work with. So let's start with the dress with our smallest brush. Gonna go in there with the black and create a gray just slightly darker than the gray we used for this little neck piece here. And I was gonna take a very slight hand and create the outline of the dress. I'll go around this little lace neck piece here, caller and also do the belts while I'm here. So I'll go around lines, not create a few pleats. And they were just a slightly larger brush. I'm gonna go in there, water down the color just a bit and create some shadow, so I'll pull in some color on the side and I'll pull in some color above and below the waistline. I'll come right to the edge again with that very weak gray creating a little shadow. I'll go in here to the belt and just bleed that color out somewhat. I'm gonna switch back to my tiniest brush and with some of that black, I'm gonna create little lace. So I'll start with little circles in each of the scallops of the collar that don't create maybe little teardrops in between, and then just little dots just indicative of some lace. 18. Owl #3: Details on the Nose, Leaf, & Feet: now to work on the feet. I'm gonna go in there with that original color. We use that yellow and create more of an outline. It's all sharpen the talents up a little. And then I'm gonna come in here with some of that pink that we had we used on the flowers on the dress make a little deeper color. And with my brush, I'm just gonna create little dots like polka dotted stockings. Gonna take my number one brush. I'm going to start working on that rose again. I'm going to use some of that pink that we had for the roses on the dress and I'm gonna start at the base underneath what looks like underneath the pedal above it, and I'll do three to time and then I'll go in with a damp brush, not very wet and just bleed that color out. Then I'll go back in with that color right at the base and with a damp brush. I'll just pull it out Now go back in and drop some more pigment where all the pedals air are wet. Take some of my vibrant green on a small brush Little dark green as well can add a little red as well to get dark green, and I'm gonna create the vein ing, create the outline first, very thin white hand and then the vein ing. We'll go back in with the latest green that we used and just put in a little bit of color, letting that color bleed the veins. We'll come back and finish the eyeballs. 19. Owl #2: Details on the Glasses: So now the work on the glass is in the eyes. I'm going to take my smallest brush here and with the green. I'm gonna go in there with that green we used and I'm gonna try and clean up. You can see that this left hand side frame is more narrow than the one on the right, and that's okay. But I would like to just extend it a little bit, the very least meeting up the edge. So I'll just go around with some of that green, tidy that up, go in there with a little more that darker green, and then I'll take a wet brush. Make sure the color bleeds. So that's no harsh lines. Take that darker green an outline the, um, glass on the right hand side and believe that Line it as well. I'm gonna take some of my darker pink and go to work on that rose. While the eyeglasses of drying could just create an outline, I'll have to add a little more red created, outlined for each of the petals. Just like that, we'll come back when the glasses air dry and create a little dimension in the 20. Owl #2: Adding Dimension to the Eyes: now to create dimension in the eyes will go in with our number one brush, wet the brush and just bring Clearwater around the edge of the inside of the eyeball where the on the inside of the glasses, the frames. We're just trying to wet the paper, and we're going with a very light gray and just enough on the brush to control. And then we'll just put a little bit of the edge of dark, darker grey. And just so there are no harsh lines on. Go in with a wet brush and blend out the great, and we'll let this dry and we'll come back with the other one at the end and work on a background. 21. Owl #3: Head & Body: for a final owl. We have a little basketball coach without the whistle, the basketball, the athletic socks and then the owl gonna make him green. So start by mixing the color first. I have some of the screen left over from a previous owl. This is just a medium green. I'll add more green to that, and I want the base color of the owl to be a little lighter than the features. So the features meaning the eyebrows and the wings, are gonna be a little darker. So what we'll do is we'll mix our color first, and then we'll go in and darken it when we're ready to use the next layer. So here I am, mixing some lighter green along with the vibrant green. This is a yellow green, putting a little more that vibrant green, and we'll add a little just yellow as well. Here we go. I'll start with the body. We'll start with underneath the whistle area. Just got a wet That on my paper could leave a little space between the wings. The owl's body slash head. That's one piece. I'm gonna leave a little space between the whistle and the little whistle necklace as well , so I'm going with pigment on my brush and create the outline. First. It'll bleed on any of the wet paper that we already have. I'll go back in and make sure it catches onto the wetness of the paper, leaving a little gap between the whistle in the green body. Here, I'll go back in and just drop a little more pigment right on the edges. Then I'll flip this over and work on the head. I'll start right over here, right by the whistle, leaving a little space around the basketball in the wing. I'll go back in with clear water and do the same on this side, being careful around the eyes and the nose. We'll go back in with my pigment. I'm starting right at The edge is first because he's a kind of a shaggy little owl, and I want to try and capture that with the pigment, and they will go around the eyes and the nose. - I'll go in and with the top again as it seems to have dried on my paper. Try and add the green everywhere to get that one layer. I'll go back in with some pigment and just drop in some color right around the edges here to create that shape. And that will soften this line that I made here. Well, let this layer completely dry. 22. Owl #3: Basketball: good work in our basketball now. And to make mix that color, I'm gonna take some of this burnt sienna and some orange. There we go. It's a nice color and get a wet the ball with some clear water. So I have to make sure my brush is clear and I want to keep the middle of the ball kind of the latest color, if not just white from the paper, because it's gonna be the closest port part to us, so it'll be the lightest. So I'm going to switch up and go with a smaller brush. This is my number one brush, and I'm gonna go around and create the edge of this basketball. I'll come in and create just underneath the wing, still keeping the shape of the wing feathers, really? And then I'll go in with some clear water on my brush and just soften the edges, so I like the way that looks. I want to get more pigment on my brush and just drop in more pigment, so that colors a little more vibrant again. I'll go right back to where I did the first layer right underneath the wing and I'll go in with a damp brush and bleed out any of these harsh lines, and I let that layer completely dry. 23. Owl #3: Whistle & Eyes: they will go in and add some pigment to the whistle. Here. We'll just make it a darker or a lighter gray, I should say so. It makes just some black with some water. It would take a little bit of the dark green on my brush and mix that in Azaz. Well, it's still gray, but it ties in with the color of the main color of the owl there. So I'm gonna just go in first on the bottom part of this whistle. So there are sections to it and I'll put in my color and then with a wet brush, I'll just pull the color out as it meets the first section, the end of the first section. Then I'll go in with my color again, and I'll do is to do the back section, pull up the color a little bit. And with the damp Rachelle, just move that color closest to the front but leaving a little space of dry paper. And with the gray, I'll go over here, the little part of the whistle that makes it wrap around the necklace part, so we'll let that dry. Now I'm gonna work on the black pupils of the I. So I'm gonna flip my page around and with black, I'm gonna add more black to that gray that we used for the whistle. And I'm just gonna very carefully create those round shapes. My sketch was not very good. My initial sketch pencil of making a round shape on both of my eyes. But I'm going to Traina. Correct that with the pigment. So there I have one. And now it work on this 2nd 1 the wonky one, a little more pigment. We'll flip it over and see how it looks. It's pretty good. It's a little square of parts, so we'll try and round that out. So that's pretty good. We'll come back and work on the nose and the feet. 24. Owl #3: Beak & Feet: So now with the knows I'm gonna paint it all in yellow, all unclear, and then just outline the nose in yellow. So I have my clear layer down and I'll take my clear layer and I'm gonna go over the top of these socks here. So I'm wedding that so the Sox are gonna try and be white athletic socks, but I want the yellow of the feet to show somebody take my yellow color here, mix it with a little of that yellow orange we had on the palate already, and I'll create the outline on the nose. Take a look pigment on my brush and add the yellow here of the feet. I'll go back in on the nose and we'll let that dry. 25. Owl #3: Wings & Brows: So now I want to work on the eyebrows and the wing here Wings, I should say. So I'm gonna mix my color. We want to kind of mix that same green and then darken it up. So I'm gonna take a lot of this yellow green, a little bit of water and then some of this break green. And when I have it similar to the color, I think we had the first time get a mix in a teeny bit of orange, a little green. So that looks pretty good. Like the color we had the first time for the body and now just mix in a little bit of orange. It's coming along. Try a little bit more orange. There we go. So that changed the tone of the green and it's clearly darker. I'll start with the wing on the left hand side. I'm gonna go in and what the center. And then I'll do the same thing with the center on the right hand side, then with my number one brush so I could get into all those angles. I'll pick up pigment and I'll create the outline. Foot this over and again. I want to kind of leave the center of the wing. Since that's the closest part to us, it's okay if it gets uncultured, I'll go back in and drop in more pigment on the edge, and then we'll start the next wing. Same procedure, The outline first, and then I'll go in with some clear water and just keep any lines from being harsh. We'll do the same thing with the eyebrows. A weapon, versatile Clearwater. Get the paper wet, and then we'll add our pigment. - We'll come back in and we're pigments. And then with wet brush, I'll pull some of the pigment out of the center. That creates a little variation. You know, do the same thing on this side, and we'll stop there and let this dry. 26. Owl#3: Athletic Socks: So now I want to take my smallest brush, and I want to outline the feet with a gray. So here we have the black from the eyeballs. I'll just water that down a little to create the line. Very light stroke. We'll do the same on this side. I'm gonna take a wet brush, my still mine tiniest brush. And I'm just gonna pull some of that color. Just blur it on the around the bottom of the sock. Here, I could go back in at a little gray that I'm gonna take some orange and will do athletic bands now on the sock. So I have the orange on my brush just enough that I can control, and I'll start with stripe. I'll start with the edge here on both stripes. So I'm putting pigment on each side and then I'll go in with a wet brush and blended together. Go back in, drop more pigment, and then I'll do this on the other side as well and dropping more pigment. Well, it this completely dry and they will work on some detail work 27. Owl#3: Detail - Outlining: I'm gonna go in. First thing I'll do is all race. Any pencil marks that I can that'll help give us an idea of where the paint ends and what's a natural shadow versus what was created with the pencil. I'm gonna leave the lines on the basketball because they're a good guide for what I want to paint on to them. But other than that image to remove the lines around the perimeter, our sketch lines. Okay, that looks pretty good. First thing I want to do is create the outline of the entire owl, and I'm gonna use my tiniest brush here. But first, I need to add some water to this green. And this is the darker green that we used to go and just a little bit of pigment to that as well. You take my smallest brush, get it heavy with pigment, and then I'm gonna start at the center of the top, and I'm just gonna create a very delicate outline around the entire owl. I'll go around all the wings as well as the body. - Next , I'll go around the eyebrows and I'm gonna outline around the eye balls themselves. Next, we'll work on the basketball and the whistle. 28. Owl#3: Basketball & Whistle: for the basketball. We need to create the lines there. Usually a dark black or dark grey or black. We're gonna make them a little bit with some brown and it just a tie in the brown from the basketball, along with our dark color. So it's more of a brown. Take it on my brushes is the number one brush to create a fine line down the length of the basketball. So there we have our basketball lines, and now, with our 12/0 brush, we could go in and work on the whistle. So I'm gonna take a little bit of grey so mixed black with some water, and we're just gonna create the outline of this whistle, each of the parts and then when some of just the march darker color, I'm gonna go in here and make the part of the whistle that actually whistles. So I put that with dark color, and then we put a lot of dark on one side. Now, with my number one brush, we need to create a necklace that the whistle hangs on. So again, I'll use the black. I'll get a lot of pigment on my brush And then I'm just gonna follow that line that we left white We'll come back and work on the eyes. 29. Owl#3: Detail on Eyes: now to give some dimension to the eyes were gonna do the same thing we did on the other two owls. We're gonna create a wet barrier around the edge with clear water. We'll do that in both eyes, and then we're gonna take in some grey. This is too dark, taken some gray over here, and we'll just pull that color around. It'll dry a little bit lighter than it is, but the center of the eye will still be lightest. I'm gonna take some Clearwater and blend that edge. I don't want any harsh lines and I'll do that on the other side as well. There we go. I think I want to just do some quick vibrancy work here. I'll take some orange for these socks. Just put a little more. Another layer of color. There again. We're going right on the edges. They will have with a damp brush. Will pull that color, and then I'll do the same thing for the nose. Got a color it all with clear water, and then I'll make a little glaze here of yellow and drop that all around the edges and they will give it just a little more vibrancy. We'll let this dry and then we'll come back and work on backgrounds for all three of our owls. 30. 30 Owl #1 Background: Now you can leave the owl like the this, like all three of them are just with the white background and scan it in and use it as a sticker or toe upload or to use in digital artwork. But we're just gonna create a simple background today for them. So I'll start with big watercolor brush, and I'm just gonna wet the background just around the subject, which is the owl, and then I'm gonna take a color. That coordinates doesn't have to be the complementary color, but a color coordinates with our owl and just bleed it from close up to the owl to around the owl. So in this case, I'm going to use just a little bit of yellow, and I'll start over here, I'm gonna drag the yellow closest to the owl, leaving just a little bit of room between the paper and the owl and the yellow that I'm adding they will go in with a wet brush and just bleed it out a little bit again . Just pull that color out a little bit, and I could go back in there and add a little more intensity if I want to the yellow where it's glowing right from the owl. So there we have our first owls background 31. Owl #2 Background: for a second at all. I'm gonna do a similar thing that I'm gonna use two colors instead of one, and I'll try and create a blend between the two. So I'm gonna first start on my right hand side, right up until the rose here wedding the paper, and then I'm gonna mix two colors because it's purple. I think I'm going to go with yellow in a green so it makes a lot of yellow, and I'll start with my yellow up top start to pull it down, and then I'll take some of this yellow green and have it blend right from that yellow and I'll go around the bottom here, continue around here, then I just take the clear color. So it blends out nicely, creates a Grady int. So it's more intense up against the subject. The owl just to there. Then they will go back to that yellow over here. Then I'll go with the Clearwater and pull that out. And so there we have our second owl 32. Owl #3 :Background: And now for our last owl. We're gonna use three colors this time, so I'll start. And instead of them being one Grady int in the background, which you can dio, I'm gonna start with three spots. I'll do up here, here and then just on this side a little bit. And I'll start with certainly yellow. It's the color I'll dip in first. Go here with it. And then lastly, ago, over here, I'll take my Clearwater and blend that out so I don't have any harsh lines from it. They were going with some yellow orange, and I'll put that up next again following the shape of the perimeter. And I'll do that in two spots and then I'll blend this out as well. Pick up some of this color on the side here so it could fade out. And then I'll take a little more of this yellow orange over here, and it just handsome color, and I'm gonna add a deeper orange for our last section. This coordinates with the athletic socks as well. I cannot believe this out, and I'll go back in some of that yellow that we had right here, closest to the orange so it can blend. I'm gonna put a little just a hint of that orange on this side over here. Lynn that out again with the yellow on this side and the yellow orange over here, And then I'll just take a wet brush. And there we have our third owl. 33. Class Wrap Up: So there we have all three of our owls. From today we have our first hour, which was very vibrant in blue with striped socks and the matching hat, um, kind of whimsical touch. Here we have our more decorated owl with the rose in her hair, her floral print dress and her polka dots stockings, not to mention the glasses. And then, lastly, we have a sporty owl here with a basketball and a whistle and athletic socks, I hope youll try your hand at one of these owls or modify the templates to create your very own whimsical owl and poster work in the project section. Or, if you're on instagram and post your work, be sure to tag me. I'd love to see it. Be sure to follow me here on skill share and please consider leaving a class review. 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