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

3 Little Birds with Colored Pencils
Series 3 - "Hummingbird" with Luminance Pencils
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"Hummingbird" with Luminance Pencils

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.


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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.

Hummingbird with Luminance Colored Pencils Lesson 2

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.

Hummingbird with Luminance Colored Pencils Lesson 3

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.

Hummingbird with Luminance Colored Pencils Lesson 4
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3 Little Birds with Colored Pencils – Hummingbird with Caran D’Ache — 7 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.

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