Hummingbird Watercolor Painting by Ben Coffman

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

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.




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



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.



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


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



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!



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