Paint a realistic bird using acrylics

Take your painting skills to the next level with this comprehensive painting course
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

So you have made some acrylic paintings, but you want to learn how to take your skills to the next level. You've seen artists painting in a realistic style, and you would love to be able to paint like that, but you are not sure how to. This course will give you the skills and techniques as the tutor, Joe McMenamin, completes every stage of a painting of the New Zealand songbird the "Tui".


This course covers:

1. Image preparation - How to choose a good image and how to transfer it onto wood.

2. The tools - Which paint, brushes and other materials you will use in this course.

3. Wet blending - How to blend acrylic paint for the different parts of the bird and foliage.

4. Dry brushing - How to add a soft layer of paint to smooth out the brush strokes and give the feathers a more details soft blend.

5. Adding the fine details - How to use small brush strokes to create texture and other fine details to make the painting appear more realistic.

6. Finishing the painting - Getting the painting ready to hang for an exhibition, for sale or for display in your own home.

 

I wish I had been able to watch a course like this when I was developing my skills in painting. The great thing about having an online course is that you are able to keep going over the areas that you need to work on until you get them right. 

If you are looking to develop and improve your painting skill and learn some new techniques, I encourage you to enroll in this course. I believe you can paint like me if you learn the skills and practice them!

What are the requirements?

  • You should have some acrylic paints, a range of brushes and either a piece of plywood or a canvas to paint on

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Make a realistic painting of a bird using acrylic paint
  • understand intermediate and advanced acrylic painting techniques
  • Blend paint to get the best colours
  • Use small brush strokes to create texture
  • Paint small details to make the painting look more realistic

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for intermediate and advanced students, who want to develop their painting skills to the next level. Some experience painting in acrylics is recommended. This course is not for absolute beginners.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Introduction to the course
Preview
02:17
Section 2: Image Preparation
02:37

After completing this lecture you will know what the section "Image preparation" will cover.

05:46

After completing this lecture you will know how to trace the image of the bird onto the surface ready for painting.

01:40

This lecture continues with tracing the image onto the wood, focusing on the foliage.

01:14

This lecture continues with tracing the image onto the wood, focusing on the final details. Once this lecture is completed you will be able to start painting your bird.

Section 3: Paints and Brushes
06:01

After completing this lecture you will know how to prepare the paints and brushes you will be using. You will also know how to set out your paint palette, and mix colours ready to start painting the first coat. 

Section 4: Wet Blending
01:26

After completing this lecture you will know what the section "Wet Blending" will cover. You will have the tools and materials you need ready for the following lectures.

01:47

After completing this lecture you will know how to make the final preparations for the wet blending painting stage. You will think about colour, mixing and the best brushes to use for different parts of the bird.

05:19

This lecture will go into more detail about how to paint the head of the bird. You will learn about mixing colours on the painting and different brush strokes to use.

03:15

This lecture will go into more detail about how to paint the neck of the bird. You will learn about mixing colours on the painting and different brush strokes to use.

02:10

This lecture will go into more detail about how to paint the body of the bird. Different parts of the bird use different painting techniques, which you will learn as you follow along with the course.

04:34

In this lecture you will start painting the feathers of the bird. Blending colours to show the light and dark areas of the feathers will help them to look more realistic.

02:58

The feathers will be a real feature of the painting at the end and will draw the viewers eye to this part of the painting. In this lecture you will learn how to paint the different layers of feathers to make them look like they are overlapping.

05:23

This lecture you will continue to develop your skill in painting the feathers.

03:39

This lecture you will continue to develop your skill in painting the feathers.

01:59

This lecture you will conclude the wet blending technique for the feathers.

01:03

After completing this lecture you will know how to paint the brown layers of the bird. These distinctive brown feathers are part of the natural beauty of the New Zealand Tui.

Painting the brown layer Part 2
06:28
03:35

After completing this lecture you will know how to paint the beak of the bird.

01:39

The New Zealand Tui has a distinctive puff of white feathers under it's chin. This Lecture will cover how to paint this and the pollen on the bird's beak.

04:34

In this lecture you will learn the tricks to painting the feet of the bird to make them look realistic.

Section 5: Painting the Foliage
00:41

After completing this lecture you will know what the section "painting the foliage" will cover.

06:34

In this lecture you will learn how to paint the foliage. This part of the painting is very important for framing  the bird and showing some of the natural habitat of the bird.

Section 6: Dry Brushing
01:13

After completing this lecture you will know what the section "dry brushing" will cover.

08:41

In this lecture you will learn about how to use the technique of dry brushing to add the next layer to the foliage. Dry brushing allows you to add a smooth, soft layer of paint that helps to smooth out the brush strokes from the wet blending layers.

06:42

In this lecture you will learn about how to use the technique of dry brushing to add the next layer to the bird. You can use dry brushing to subtly change the colour and tone of the paint as well.

03:45

In this lecture you will learn about how to use the technique of dry brushing to add the next layer to the neck and pollen.

Section 7: Adding the Details
01:42

After completing this lecture you will know what the section "adding the details" will cover. Specifically you will know which brushes and techniques you will be using.

06:14

In this lecture you will be adding the final details layer to the foliage. You will learn about how to make the painting look more realistic using this technique.

03:48

In this lecture you will be adding the final details layer to the top blue feathers. You will learn about how to make the painting look more realistic using this technique.

Thinking about contrast
08:35
01:15

In this lecture you will be adding the final details layer to the claw. You will learn about how to make the painting look more realistic and draw your eye into this area.

02:46

In this lecture you will be adding the final details layer to the beak. You will learn about how to make the painting look more realistic using this technique.

05:53

In this lecture you will be adding the final details layer to the eye. The eye is the natural place where the viewer will look at first so it is a really important feature to get right. The reflection in the eye is a lot of fun to paint.

01:31

In this lecture you will be adding the final details layer to the neck. The New Zealand Tui has beautiful white feathers around the neck area. 

05:46

In this lecture you will be adding the final details layer to the white feathers. You will learn about how to make the painting look more realistic using this technique.

01:34

When you paint it is normal to make a few mistakes, and get paint in areas where you don't want it. One of the advantages of painting on plywood is that you can easily scrape and sand off the areas that need fixing.

Section 8: Finishing the Painting
00:45

In this lecture you will learn about how to finish your painting to a high standard so it is ready to exhibit and sell. When painting on wood it is important to protect the surface with an oil or varnish. I use Danish oil to do this job.

03:22

In this lecture you will learn how to string the back of the painting ready to hang.

05:00

In this lecture you will see how I coat the surface of the wood with the oil.

Section 9: Conclusion
00:29

Well done! You have made it to the end of the course! I hope you have learnt a lot and have enjoyed taking your painting to the next level. Thank you for taking this course. Joe McMenamin

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Instructor Biography

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 Art, and gets lots of the ideas for his work through interactions with his classes. 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.
At the end of 2015 Joe resealed the NZ Native Birds adult colouring book. It was a great success with the first edition of 500 books selling out in 2 weeks. The second edition is available in the shop. He has a number of exciting projects happening this year, including video drawing and painting courses on Udemy, a mural, the Christchurch Art show and many more.

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