How to paint a Slate-colored Junco step-by-step

I have received  a lot of requests for more step by step illustration demonstrations. In this one I have emphasized the pencil technique that gives the bird texture. Note the direction of the pencil strokes. I stroke each feather group separately, indicating the direction the the feathers lay. I cross hatch these strokes with lines that show the edges of the rows of feathers. If you are going to see the pencil strokes, have a reason behind the lines.

How to paint a Slate-colored Junco step-by-step


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How to paint a Slate-colored Junco step-by-step — 5 Comments

  1. Priceless tutorial/guides for people learning, enjoying them a lot.

    Would love to see you tackle some of these, how you approach them and what techniques you do/could use:
    http://roysephotos.com/zzMallard8D.jpg
    http://roysephotos.com/zzSanderling34D.jpg
    http://roysephotos.com/HerringGull.html – any of those, adult or young, both would be of interesting learning.
    http://www.pbase.com/johncostello/image/134868025 – my photo – you are welcome to use any of my photos in your tutorials (maybe just add a small reference photo link if you wish)
    And finally any of these: http://www.pbase.com/johncostello/grey_heron – my photo – you are welcome to use any of my photos in your tutorials (maybe just add a small reference photo link if you wish)

    you are welcome to reply here or direct to my mail.

    • I have been enjoying the great photos on your site. I will use one of your photos in an upcoming tutorial. I encourage my readers to check out John’s work and use it for inspiration in your own drawings.
      Note to readers: Remember to always ask permission from photographers if you copy extensively from their photographs and plan to sell your drawings or use them online or in print. We need to respect our fellow artists and to comply with copyright law.

  2. I appreciate your detail presented with words as well as drawing so much. I am following (slowly) a North American Guide to drawing birds. I have drawn the first two, a bluejay and a Canada warbler. I look forward to drawing this one soon. thanks again.

  3. Greetings!
    I have been trying to teach myself how to draw and paint birds.
    I love the site and look forward to your book enjoy The Day!

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