Hummingbird Against a Red Sky – Tutorial


Artwork-Miya Arts Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor over watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Press. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set Photo reference from Masy on Pixabay.

So how did I get from that to this?

I’m sorry I didn’t have my camera or scanner to take step by step photos. Simply, though – I took a piece of paper I had use to practice brush strokes and used it to test my gouache for opacity.

Gouache is more opaque than watercolor but colors differ in how opaque they are. I used a flat brush throughout.

These were my steps:

  • Using Gouache, I
    • Painted the entire background Medium Orange
    • Used the negative painting method, I added a coat of Ponceau (acid red) around the shape of the hummingbird and branch
    • Used Prussian Blue on the dark areas of the bird
    • Used Medium Orange and Ponceau on the throat and stomach
  • Using Interference Watercolor, I –
    • Added Interference Green to the lighter areas of the bird, blending it into the Prussian Blue
  • For the branch, I –
    • Used up the left over color, using the tip of the brush flat to add texture.

Author: Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

13 thoughts on “Hummingbird Against a Red Sky – Tutorial”

  1. My first thought was, that practice sheet turned into a stunning Humming bird. Looks great using the gouache, appears gouache is being the number one art supply. Gorgeous out come, did a beautiful art piece, looking forward to seeing it on Instagram.

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