Hummingbird Watercolor Painting by Ben Coffman

Alright, I wanted to show a bit of a step-by-step on this one.

Hummingbird
5×7 inches, Watercolor
By: Ben Coffman

This painting is for sale at my Etsy Shop—Gabriel’s Grove Studios

 

First off, start with a decent sketch. Some people like their sketches tight, others like it loose, I prefer somewhere in between. Something that will show me where to go, but not dictate all my actions. I also use masonite board as a backing, so my work has to be taped down instead of staples or tacks.

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Next I soak the entire paper and lay down some color, letting them flow freely to get that nice watercolor-y effect.

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Here I went back and applied a couple glazes to darken up some areas like the wing and tail feathers.  If you look in the wing, you can see where I lifted some color back out by using a dry brush in an area of damp color.

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Still more glazing to get more details in the wings and feathers.

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Final tweaks to make it pop, mostly on the upper shoulder.

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Hummingbird

Final scanned piece so you can see how nice the colors are.

 

Not my proudest painting, but this was a learning experience for wet-in-wet techniques and glazing. Thanks for reading!

As always, may the odds be ever in your favor!

Ben

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