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Colored Pencil Bird Portraits

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Watch your colored pencil skills take flight!

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a supply list and reference images
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Alan Woollett

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Head
4. Back, Shoulder & Breast
5. Feet, Wings & Tail
6. Variations

Recommended with this class

  • Colored pencils (Alan uses Faber Castell Polychromos)
  • Paper such as Fabriano Artistico HP, smooth, extra white, size A3
  • Kneadable eraser

Taught by

Alan Woollett
Alan Woollett
Alan Woollett resides in Kent, England, where he graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1993. He quickly ventured into wildlife art, particularly drawing and painting birds, a lifelong passion. In 1999 Alan was Birdwatch Magazine’s Bird Artist of the Year. His work has also been featured in publications, collections and exhibitions around the world, including the Society of Wildlife Artists, the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art and, most recently, the Birds in Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin.

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