White throated kingfisher is finally complete from my month and half demo session!

After studying with various black and white mediums, my long-term students are moving ahead to color studies.

We did a few studies with crayons for a couple of months before working with these watercolor pencils.

These pencils are a good way to move from dry mediums like graphite, charcoals to wet mediums.

Sharing various stages for your reference, hope you find them useful.

Tools used to make this artwork!

Scholar sketch pack (220 GSM) A3 paper (Link to purchase: Scholar sketch pack (220 GSM) A3 paper)
You may use my code “NATARAJAN10” to receive flat 10% discount on your purchase from Scholar.
Watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell (Link to purchase: Watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell)
Kneaded eraser
Tombow mono eraser
Liner brush from Camlin No.2 

Session onewe worked on the composition and making the line drawing.

Session twotransferred the line drawing on the final paper. We worked on mixing various greens for the leaves.

Session three, we worked on mixing warm and cool browns for the head and eyes.

Using the liner brush we soften the edges to create soft velvety texture of the bird.

Session four, we worked on mixing oranges, pink grays, vibrant blues and true blacks for the bill and wings.

Session five, we worked on mixing cool and warm browns for the body. We mixed oranges for the feet. The rest of the tree bark was also completed.

Zoom in to see the details! Lots of hours goes into studying and making the artwork!

White throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Title: “Kingfisher_1”
Medium: Water-soulable pencils on paper
Size:11.7×16.5 inches,220GSM Scholar Paper
Duration: 12 Hour 35 minutes
November 09th, 2023
Location: Gurupur River, Mangalore, Karnataka, Karnataka, India
Reference: Own Reference image

Ps: We used watercolor brushes to soften the grainy textures of the
color pencils, most of it was dry brushing. For highlights white
gouache was used.


You can download the color palette from this study from my “Artists
Reference Guides”. Few free pdfs on watercolor are also
available for download. Link : https://prasadnatarajan.com/links/


New watercolor pencil batch is starting from January 2024, contact me
for more details.

If you would like to join me for such one-to-one sessions check out my website, use the contact page to get in-touch with me! https://prasadnatarajan.com/contact

Prasad Natarajan
Prasad Natarajan

Rediscovering Nature: Wildlife Blogger, Artist and photographer.

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