View Full Version : Kingfisher - step-by-step

05-13-2003, 11:27 AM
I posted this in the Colored Pencil Forum, but thought that it's OK to do it here also.

Here's my latest work ( a Mother's Day gift, again :) ), a Kingfisher. I decided to take several scans during the process, since many (OK, some... well, maybe one :D ) have asked how I draw my birds. Unfortunately the scanner broke up after the second step, so I couldn't take as many scans that I'd have liked. But here we go:

First step. I trace the outlines of the image to the paper using a normal window and sunlight. I don't have a lightbox, which would be nice, but not necessary.


Then starts the coloring. I always start with the eye, followed by the beak and then the rest of the head.


Here's a close-up of the head. Note that it's not finished yet (compare to the next image). I have already started to put some color on the belly.


Here I have already finished all, except the left wing, leg and branch of the tree. I've started to put some color on the wing (light green spots and some details). You may now notice that I work "a part" at a time. So first the head, then the belly, then the back, then the left wing, legs and always last, the branch. The order may vary depending which way the bird is on the reference picture. I try to work so that my hand wouldn't touch the area I've already finished.


Here I've started to work on the wing, first using lighter colors and moving to the darker ones.


And finally the finished work.


The bird is in real size on the paper. Pencils mainly Caran d'Ache, some Derwent watercolor pencils also. Paper Fabriano Accademia.

05-13-2003, 01:46 PM
This would be a wonderful lesson for all of us that enjoy learning new things. Just a few more written instuctions. I would love to learn your technique. Beautiful bird!

05-13-2003, 01:53 PM
awwww...he's cute! i enjoyed the step-by-step! are their tails always so stubby?

Paul Hopkinson
05-13-2003, 02:51 PM
You guys that use CP's are out of this world! When time allows I will have a go at these CP's and see how things work out.

Excellent work!

05-13-2003, 02:53 PM
Beautiful bird! Great job & WIP pics! :clap:

05-13-2003, 03:16 PM
A winner...

05-13-2003, 06:43 PM
Very NIce! You have done an excellent job rendering the feathers.
I really like this very much ( and the step by step as well).

05-13-2003, 09:35 PM
Beautiful Bird ! Thanks for the step by step.

05-13-2003, 10:52 PM
Beautiful!!!! I have always loved Kingfishers!!
Thanks for sharing

05-14-2003, 08:33 AM
Oh wonderful step by step. I can see how you added layers :)

05-14-2003, 08:48 AM
I will have to agree with all the others. This is beautiful. Thanks for posting the step by step. It was wonderful to see how you work.

05-14-2003, 11:49 AM
Very, very nice!

(echidna-- most kingfishers do indeed have stubby little tails, but there are exceptions... for example, the paradise kingfishers have long streamers).

05-14-2003, 02:06 PM
What great colors! thanks for the step-by-step!!!

05-15-2003, 06:05 AM
Thank you all! :)

echidna: yes, the tails of the kingfishers we have here in Finland are like that. This is a very exceptional bird here, since most of our birds are not colorful. This bird is not very common here, though, and lives only in the southernmost Finland. I, for example, haven't ever seen one.

05-15-2003, 07:05 AM
A great lesson thank you. I always thought that Kingfishers were native to New Zealand - shows how much I know!
We have a resident Kingfisher who sits on our fence by the house. Rumour has it they appear when it's going to rain - but I'm not so sure about that.
Coloured pencils are amazing.