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with George Boorujy
Online Class

Drawing Birds in Brush & Ink

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Learn how to draw realistic birds with convincing form and vivid color alongside professional artist George Boorujy. Start with tips for transforming reference photos into compelling compositions. Next, George will cover bird anatomy basics to help you create a line drawing with realistic proportions and features. You'll even build a simple 3-D model that makes it easy to understand foreshortening and draw the play of light on your bird's body and feathers. Then, create the perfect mixture of ink and water, and use it to render light and shadow for an image with dramatic dimension. Plus, bring your bird to life in vibrant hues with techniques for mixing and layering colored inks.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h38m

Included in this Class

1. References & Thumbnails

1. References & Thumbnails

Meet instructor George Boorujy and learn about the incredible techniques you'll try in this class. George shares a brief history of ornithology and bird illustration, and offers tips for selecting helpful reference images and making thumbnail sketches.

2. Essential Bird Anatomy

2. Essential Bird Anatomy

Understanding bird anatomy is key to creating accurate depictions, and George helps make this topic fun and interesting. Train your eye to see what's beneath a bird's feathers as you draw realistic feet, beaks, wings and more.

3. Composition & Modeling

3. Composition & Modeling

Now that you've selected your subject, it's time to examine composition options. Learn how to create a dynamic artwork, using your photos, sketches and a custom-made 3-D model to help you imagine and draw accurate foreshortening.