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How To Draw Birds - Basic Techniques For Drawing & Painting Birds

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In this class, you’re going to learn the basic techniques for drawing and painting birds. I will teach you principles you can apply to any bird drawing, and I will share my step by step process, as well as practical tips and tricks for better bird-drawing.
I will show you how you can draw and paint birds from a photo or even sketch them live in the field. We will take a detailed look at my process by drawing a songbird together, and I will show you how you can explore on your own from there.
We will use different materials like graphite and watercolor in the class.

This class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn to draw these delightful creatures that can be observed everywhere, and who wants to connect with nature through studying and drawing birds. The class is great for beginners, and with the step by step process I show and a bit of practice, you’ll be drawing realistic birds in no time. You will need basic drawing skills for the class, and a way to add color to your sketches.

What I want to show you is that drawing birds doesn’t have to be difficult.
You can use the drawing techniques from this class for any creative project involving birds, or simply for exploring different bird species in your sketchbook, or journaling about your bird sightings in nature.

I’m Julia, an illustrator and nature journaler from Germany, and I’m excited to share my favorite sketchbook techniques with you.


  • Introduction
  • Tools
  • Examples
  • Basic Bird Anatomy
  • Quick Gestural Sketches
  • Posture & Proportions
  • Defining Angles
  • Adding + Refining Color
  • Adding Details
  • Painting Demonstration: Blackbird
  • Painting Demonstration: Chickadees
  • Practical Tips For Better Bird Drawings
  • Share Your Project
  • Final Thoughts
  • Bonus: Painting a mallard
  • Bonus: Painting a waxwing
  • Bonus: Painting a goldfinch
  • Bonus: Painting a red cardinal
  • Bonus: Painting a woodpecker
  • Bonus: Painting a barn owl
  • Bonus: Painting a goshawk

Taught by

Julia Bausenhardt

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