How to Paint a Hummingbird
I hope you are ready for some painting!
I know a lot of your are caught up in the season and all the busy-ness that entails but when you get some time to yourself and want to relax then this is for you.
(this post contains affiliate links, please see the disclosure page for more info)
Hummingbirds come in so many different colors and even shapes that you can have a great time painting up a few. Soon I will do a collection of designs with hummingbirds included so practice getting the hang of it and the paintings will be so much easier for you.
Lets start with our supplies:
For the hummingbird in this tutorial and in the video (it is a different hummingbird in the video) I used these colors:
Neutral Gray (you can also just mix up a gray with your black and white if you wish)
#8 Flat brush
I am painting on my Canson Mixed Media paper.
Painting Book I am loving right now…Painting Butterflies and Blooms
I took a photo of a hummingbird and made a sketch of it. Then I transferred it to my paper. I start filling in with the green. You can see the other hummingbird I painted in the video on the left. He is slightly different than the one we are painting today.
I run a line of green along the top edge of the wing and down his back, I make spiky strokes to emulate feathers.You see he has more green on his back than the hummer on the left.
Also the red on his face is in a different spot, that is how it is, look at photos of hummers, you will find all sort of markings on them so roll with it and try a few.
Add the Alizarin Crimson on his head. Just fill it in with gentle strokes.
Paint his tummy area white, no worries on exactness as many of your on coming strokes will overlap the tummy.
Now on to his wings. I double load grey and white onto my brush by dipping each corner in a color and blending it into my brush by stroking it back and forth on the palette until then blend towards the center.
Leading with the white edge of the brush I flick strokes on loosely to create his feathers. (the video gives you a good idea of how I do that)
I also do his tail which is swooping forward instead of just facing down..then I went over it with the green using the same spiky strokes. I also went over the gray on the wing.
Shade along his body towards his back with the double load of gray and white, leading with the white edge. You can use a liner if you need more control for the beak but paint it with black and so it comes to a point.
There is always a point when things look messy, don’t get discouraged, the details make it come to life. Just keep on going.
Now add the eye. This can be the tricky part for me and can make or break your painting. The eye is what gives it life
Start with a black dot a third of the way back from the beak. With your liner brush, outline it with the thinnest line you can of white.
Now add a tough of highlight of white to the top of the black dot to give it a spark.
There you have your hummingbird.
Here is the video for the hummer on the left…
If you enjoyed this, please Pin and share.