3 Little Birds with Colored Pencils – Hummingbird with Caran D’Ache

3 Little Birds with Colored Pencils: Hummingbird with Luminance Colored Pencils

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Lesson Description

In this lesson series, we’ll create a colored pencil drawing of a hummingbird with Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencils on black Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper.

Lesson 1 - Materials and Sketching

In lesson one, we'll review the materials used for this lesson series and create a sketch of the body.

Lesson 2 - The Head

In lesson two, we'll begin layering colored pencil applications to develop the head and upper portion of the body.

Lesson 3 - The Wings and Lower Body

In lesson three, we'll develop the wings and lower body of the hummingbird. We'll begin to pull out and accentuate a complementary color scheme of red and green.

Lesson 4 - Tail Feather and Finishing

In lesson four, we'll develop the tail feather and add a few finishing touches to complete the drawing.

Lesson Materials

  • Caran D'Ache Luminance Colored Pencils
  • Black Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper

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3 Little Birds with Colored Pencils – Hummingbird with Caran D’Ache — 15 Comments

  1. A friend gave me a black sketchbook as a gift. I was looking for some ideas on a black background. An here we go: I instantly fell in love with this little bird on black paper. Wonderful explained, step by step. I am still not happy with my result (ha, ha), but this is a part of the learning curve. I will try again. Thank you very much, Matt. Claudia

  2. Thanks Matt. That was amazing experience. I’ve never done anything on black medium but I’m really happy how it looks. I’m afraid I need to think about stronger/better tools than my coloured pencils because I could not achieve such great contrasts. But You encouraged me to make more experiments with this medium.

  3. MATT

    I am really puzzled with the reference photo for the humming bird in this series of three birds. It is the least clear of any of yours. One cannot discern any of the details of the wings, especially the ends.

    • Hi Ed,

      This is likely due to the fact that the values are similar at the ends of the wings and they are in motion (blurry). Sometimes we can’t see every tiny detail – that’s when we can get creative.

  4. I am really enjoying your three little birds course but I wondered if it was possible to create something that would show me the colour you are using so I might be able to find a comparable colour in my supply of coloured pencils. I have a large supply of Derwent both coloursoft and procolour. The price of the Caran D’Ache is a bit prohibitive.

  5. Just an add on to my earlier comment. I discovered that I could get colour charts for the different companies online and have them printed for easy reference. Hope this idea helps others but it is probably what you would have told me anyways.

  6. I’m just getting into colored pencil. The pencils and papers that you suggest are a bit pricey. Are there comparable papers and Pencils that I could start out with ?

  7. Completed all three birds and I am DELIGHTED, but sorry this course has ended. Worth every penny!!! Can’t wait to explore the other opportunities you offer here. Thank you — great presentation.

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