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with Alan Woollett
Online Class

Colored Pencil Bird Portraits

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Join accomplished wildlife artist Alan Woollett as he guides you through drawing a detailed, lifelike bullfinch using colored pencils. Along the way you’ll discover line drawing essentials such as transferring, layering, blending and more.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h52m

Included in this Class

1. Initial Drawing

1. Initial Drawing

Meet Alan and start class with an overview of three essential colored pencil techniques: sketching, tracing, and transferring. Discover how to achieve accurate proportions, turn your sketch into a refined line drawing and easily transfer it to final paper.

2. Branch & Background

2. Branch & Background

Start your bird portrait by drawing the branch and background. Find out how to layer colors to create a dimensional, textured branch and an interesting background that won’t detract from your subject.

3. Head

3. Head

Draw the head, eyes and beak. Alan shares useful techniques for achieving lifelike facial features and detailed feathers on the head and cheek.

Recommended with this class

  • Colored pencils (Alan uses Faber Castell Polychromos)
  • Paper such as Fabriano Artistico HP, smooth, extra white, size A3
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Tracing paper (sized similar to your paper)
  • Masking tape
  • Craft knife or box cutter