Here we have a dapper budgie (is there any other kind?) painted in simple steps.
Materials used – Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Burnt umber, cobalt blue and a touch of winsor violet. He was painted onto gorgeous Fabriano Artistico 90lbs hot pressed paper with a fab watermark.
I love this paper – so expressive and lets the paint run and granulate beautifully for a sensual look.
|This is the finished budgie.|
|Paint the entire inner area with dilute washes of blues – any you like just leave his head a little paler than the rest.|
|Start adding darker patches of blue whilst the area is still wet. Also add greys to define wing patterns and facial markings.|
|Now keep on going darker with the blues around his chest/belly to create roundness – don’t be afriad of banging them in as they will dry lighter and there is nothing worse than indecisive or fearful colour. Whack it in.|
|Now add yellow/tan for the beak and if he is a boy paint his cere blue and brownish pink if a girl. I only found out today from a lady called Jan that the cere is the bit above the beak! Fascinating fact! Add more definition to the thin black markings on his wings and face. Define his eye with a dark colour then add a speck of white watercolour for his soul. I like to spatter paint all over my animals as it adds another dimension to them and keeps your eye bouncing around the image.|
I hope you will try painting thsi budgie – he is a lovely little project on an piece of 5×7 or 8×10 inch paper and a real charmer.