Bird Illustration Challenge - Blue Tit

Thursday, July 30, 2015


So here's the next bird in my Bird Illustration Challenge, the Blue Tit. It's another common garden bird here in Ireland and also in the UK. It's quite a small bird but pretty noticeable in the garden because of it's blue cap. I took a few work-in-progress shots as I went along on this one, so I could share how I build up the illustration.


I already had the lime green oval painted, (I keep a stack of painted sheets, usually rectangles or ovals, just painted using leftover acrylic paint, they're a great starting point for an illustration so you're not facing a white sheet). So I sketched in the Blue Tit in a light (3H) pencil and some of the florals and foliage. Then I went over everything in white acrylic paint, this creates a great base and makes the colours more vibrant than if I painted directly over the lime green background. I added a little bit of stamping too.


When adding colour I started with the main focal point of the piece, the Blue Tit. I used this as my colour palette for the rest of the illustration, adding in the flowers and foliage to the background.


I try not to think about this part too much, I just listen to some music and try and let it flow as naturally as possible.


Once I finished the background I painted in the scalloped edge frame, I love this part and can't help adding it to most of my illustrations now!


And we're done! Next up I think is the Thrush or Blackbird! Let me know if you have a favourite garden bird you'd like to see me illustrate and I'll add it to my list! I'm sticking to birds from the UK and Ireland at the moment. Thanks for dropping by today, oh and I really appreciate your feedback and comments! : )


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  1. Clare, again this is beautiful! I really love your style of painting, and I love that you are doing birds this summer! :-) I do so admire that you can paint: any original artwork is so hard for me and I'm amazed at what comes from other people. And since I'm in the US, I'm not familiar with your local birds, so it's an extra treat to see the birds of your country! Have a great weekend!! Hugs,H

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    1. Thanks Helen! Yes birds are a favorite of mine to paint, along with flowers of course! I'm not too familiar with US birds apart from the lovely Cardinal, Hummingbird and that you have lots of wild roaming Turkeys! : )

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