Online Class

Drawing Birds in Brush & Ink

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Capture the breathtaking beauty of birds in graphite and ink. Achieve accurate proportions, realistic features, colorful ink washes and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor George Boorujy
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Composition & Modeling
4. Proportions & Feathers
5. Refine the Graphite Drawing
6. Monochromatic Ink Wash
7. Color & Details

Taught by

George  Boorujy
George Boorujy
Intending to pursue a career as a marine biologist, George Boorujy ended up with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Miami in 1996. This degree led him to a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2002. Since then, George's work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally, and he's represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York City. He's been a painting fellow through the New York Foundation for the Arts and a fellow at the Smack Mellon gallery's residency program in Brooklyn, New York. George has also created nature illustrations for the Bronx Zoo, the New York Parks Department and The Guardian newspaper.

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