Painting a Macaw in Pastels and Acrylic

How did I learn to paint? It is a question I get asked so often. Its simple really. I watched a lot of painting videos. Thanks to the creators who started a long time ago. Well, I feel like contributing the same way.

I made this gorgeous piece of art just to try out my new set of Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils. I have a set of 60 and those colors are sufficient to create anything. Then I chose a Canson Mi Teintes paper. I chose to create a vintage bokeh background for this piece and I’m glad I did. It adds such a great dimension to the piece. The bokeh background was made by airbrushing Inktense and Createx acrylic colors. I also did a base layer with watercolor before sketching the macaw in Pitt pastels.

Watch the videos to see more in details how I created this piece.

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Charcoal Sketch

I can’t paint.
I can’t draw.
I cannot do anything other than abstracts.
Realism? No way!!! Its too difficult.
Well, well, well. If I start listing out the excuses, this blog post will never end. The key is to practice. We’re not born with a paintbrush in our hand. We have to learn. Learning, and a desire to learn is the first step towards being an artist. There are numerous sources online that you can learn from. Just look for them. YouTube videos – my biggest learning source.

I had a busy day, I cannot paint. That’s another excuse we’ve all heard before. Well if you really want to, you can learn. Start with something very small. Sketch a cherry with a graphite pencil. Learn how to shade it. Even something so small is a step forward. The next day, sketch the same cherry on another piece of paper with charcoal or a charcoal pencil.

I have mentioned before that I want to paint/ draw/ sketch new things this year. Here’s what I did last night. My very first sketch with charcoal pencil. I thought I’ll learn how to do the Iris. I was so excited when I saw how it turned out, I sketched the entire eye. and then I was so interested, I did the eyebrow too. And then I stopped myself because I had to sleep.

Not bad for a first one, don’t you think?

Well, I’m looking forward to trying something new in painting. Are you?

Materials Used:

A sketchbook I bought from Reliance Art store on Commercial Street, Bangalore.

Camlin Charcoal Pencils (Hard, Soft and Neutral)