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Artistic Watercolor Techniques for Illustrating Birds

via Domestika


Bring vivid wildlife compositions to life by exploring modern methods of watercolor painting
  • Introduction
  • Materials, Seeing Tone and Understanding Color
  • How Watercolor Works
  • Preparing for Our Bird Painting
  • Painting Our Birds
  • Final project
Artistic watercolor painting is synonymous with freedom and spontaneity. Some of the most interesting results are achieved by simply going with the flow of the paint and seeing where it takes you. Whether you are a complete beginner or a master of watercolor, there is always something new to discover with every illustration.

Sarah Stokes is a self-taught wildlife artist who translates her passions for creating art and being close to nature into expressive watercolor compositions. Her work can be found in UK galleries like Whitewall Galleries and Clarendon Fine Art, as well as others around the world.

In this course, Sarah guides you through her step-by-step watercolor process for creating an expressive wildlife composition using modern watercolor painting techniques. Start from the basics, explore artistic brushstrokes as you learn how to paint birds, and bring expressive wildlife compositions to life.


  • Influences
  • What We Will Do On the Course?
  • About Me
  • Colour Theory 2
  • Colour Theory 1
  • Tonal Values
  • Materials
  • Brush Strokes
  • Wet Paper
  • Pigment Control and Basic Layering Techniques on Dry Paper
  • Colour Palettes
  • Compositions and Transferring
  • Obtain and Enhance Photo References
  • Painting Birds 1
  • Painting Birds 2
  • Painting a Loose Branch: Adding of Pen Work to Define Shape
  • Finishing Touches
  • More Ideas / Different Choices
  • Artistic Watercolor Techniques for Illustrating Birds

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Sarah Stokes


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