How to Paint Birds Using Acrylics
- 1). Find a picture of a bird you want to paint with acrylics. There are plenty of images online to choose from. You can use stock photos or do a search in Google Images.
- 2). Choose paint colors to match the bird's coloring. Red, white, black, blue and yellow make all sorts of colors when mixed together, so consider buying these colors of acrylic paints to start.
- 3). Draw the bird on your art paper or canvas lightly with a pencil. Start with basic shapes. A small circle for the head, an oval to oblong shape for the body, with a triangular sketch for the wing. The sketch is a rough structure for each section of your bird. Think of other shapes to mimic for birds in action. A flying bird is like a plane, or a swimming bird is like the number 2 in water.
- 4). Fill in the base colors of the bird with a medium flat paint brush. Follow the picture of your bird as you stroke the paint over your sketch. Use fluid strokes starting from the head, curving your brush with the slant of the wing, and straighten your strokes with the tail feathers.
- 5). Choose a lighter color and fill in the top of your bird's head and wings where different colors contrast to your base color. Use a smaller brush to fill in daintier features such as the beak or bill, feet, and eyes of the bird. Bird feet usually stick out from the bottom at a perpendicular angle to the body with three to four talons.
- 6). Add texture to the feathers with dark and lighter colors using a short bristled brush to shade and highlight. Use the smaller paint brush again to darken where the wing lies on the bird's body or separate feathers on the tail. To show where light touches, dab highlighting strokes, such as on the top of the head and wing, or create a shiny look for the bird's talons.