Draw a realistic Fantail using pencil Premium class

Joe McMenamin, Artist - Illustrator - Teacher

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20 Videos (1h 14m)
    • Introduction

    • Selecting your lmage

    • Selecting your tools

    • Drawing the proportions with basic shapes

    • Feeling in or sketching the Fantail

    • Thinking about subject tone and light source tone

    • Tone on the Fantail

    • Tone on the branch

    • Fine tone on the Fantail's face

    • Fine tone on the Fantail's wing

    • Fine tone on the branch

    • Fine tone on the Fantail's tail

    • Texture on the Fantail

    • Texture on the branch

    • Fine details on the tail

    • Fine details on the wing

    • Fine details on the eye

    • Fine details on the feet

    • Fine details on the beak

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Have you ever wanted to make a realistic drawing of a bird?

This course will teach you all of the steps you need to follow to make a freehand drawing of a beautiful New Zealand bird, the Fantail. We will be using a range of pencils and other drawing materials to produce this drawing. We will cover the following sections in this course:

1. Preparing for the course by selecting your tools and photograph

2. Sketching the Fantail's proportions and features

3. Adding tone to make the drawing appear more three dimensional

4. Adding fine layers of tone to start to understand light and contrast

5. Adding texture to bring out the beautiful feathers of the Fantail

6, Adding fine details to make Fantail appear more realistic

By taking this course you will develop a strong understanding of the drawing skills and techniques needed to draw a realistic looking bird. This knowledge can then be applied to any bird or animal you choose to draw.


7 of 7 students recommendSee All

Great class!! Teaches you step by step. I especially like to draw with the teacher and this class allows you to do that because he goes into such detail. Drawing is about really observing and noticing focal points, where the light comes from and how to make textures layer by layer. All of these are taught in the class. If this interests you try it. I promise you'll learn a lot :)
I found this class incredibly useful. Each step was clearly explained and demonstrated in the videos. It really helped me get a better understanding of shading and building up tone and texture.
Quite a good session on sketching. Specially like the step by step instructions on the detailing part. :)





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 and paintings.

In Joe’s latest series of nautical themed screen prints his detailed drawings are screen printed as a ship and anchor or a deep sea diver. Joe then carefully drops coloured powdered dye pigment in the midst of the image, and the colours splash across the print, making each one bright, exquisite and unique. He finishes the print with some hand drawn pattern to represent the water.

Joe’s recent paintings depict a range of subjects painted directly onto the medium of plywood - it is a natural medium that attracts him and he makes the frames for each piece by hand. He is interested in New Zealand native birds. Joe skilfully paints these birds directly onto the plywood, which gives them a raw quality and showcases his photorealistic painting technique. He often applies a layer of Danish oil overtop, which brings out the grain of the wood and the jewel-like paint colours.