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 — 24 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.

  8. I just finished the hummingbird – a lot of fun and a great way to learn to use my pencils. For once I drew my sketch big enough to be able to see and draw the detail – yeah! I am forever making my initial sketches too small. The step by step guide and gentle pace along with the ability to pause the video and zoom in on the photo really make this a terrific way to understand what is going on as the drawing develops and follow the process. But Matt – what happened to its foot? I had sketched it in but ended up erasing it because you did not include it in the final drawing. Was this deliberate because it would not translate well?

  9. Thank you Matt you have an amazing ability to simplify the complicated knowledge, I ask at the end of lesson the drawing looks dull but in the resources the drawing is very nice what you did ?

    • Hi Mohamed,

      On film (or video) colors and values can be a little washed out. When the work is finished, I can photograph the art and adjust the values so that they more closely match the original artwork.

  10. Hello Mat. Please could you give me the names equivalent of the Caran d’Ache colours and Prismacolor pencils to use.
    Thank you

  11. i have sent you several messages before in other lessons but never got a reply, i am under the impression you are not often following up the lessons we are doing.
    please help me

    • Hi Christiane,

      I do answer as many comments as I can. We have 16 courses presently and over 43,000 members. Sometimes, a comment or two does slip by. Please understand that this is not one on one instruction but I do my best to address questions, here, on YouTube and through email. From what I can see, you asked “What course should you take next?” on one course page. This is going to be different for every user depending on what you want to learn. You also asked “Is it ok to draw a line before drawing the cups.” – Absolutely. You should always do what what works best for you. A few minutes ago, you asked, “Please could you give me the names equivalent of the Caran d’Ache colours and Prismacolor pencils to use.” These are different brands and the colors will not match exactly. It’s best to try a match the colors that you observe with what you have. I should also point out that this particular lesson uses Luminance Pencils by Caran D’Ache – not Prismacolor. These colors will be different as well.

  12. Really enjoyed doing the Kingfisher… I don’t have access to the same brand of paper, had to use Canson Bristol… I can see a difference in the way the Prismacolor pencils look on the video using Strathmore paper… however the end result is the same… framed it and gave it to my daughter for her birthday… making her smile was well worth it! Some friends saw it and I’ve been asked to draw some illustrations for a children’s book…. it doesn’t get any better than that, so thanks Matt for the inspiration to believe I can do it and the instruction on techniques that I knew nothing about before.

  13. I LOVED this course!! I have been doing the Colored Pencil Course, and breaking it up with these birds. I did the Kingfisher first, then the Hummingbird, and finally the Blue Jay. The Kingfisher was fun in layering directional strokes in contrasting colors, and the Hummingbird on black paper with the Luminance was a completely unique experience. I am glad I saved the Blue Jay for last, because it was the most detailed and challenging for me. The-oil based Faber Castell were a revelation. It was really interesting layering the lighter colors on top. I tend to use a heavy hand filling the tooth, so getting experience with different pencils and surfaces is helping me to modulate my approach based on the needs of the individual drawing. What a wonderful course!!!

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