Downy Drawing

Downy Drawing

Downey Drawing was inspired by an encounter with a Downy Woodpecker on an afternoon walk. I loved the pose so much I ended up doing a full colour piece after I completed this pencil drawing. The full colour piece 'Snow Gazer' is also a tutorial here in the art academy.

Good painting comes from good drawing skills. Learn to use your pencil to create amazing images in black and white.

Run Time: 2Hr 15 Min
Difficulty: Beginner
Board Size: 12 x 13 1/5 Inches
Lesson Aids: Line Drawing, B&W Template, Materials List, Reference Photo.

Downy Drawing
  • Downy Drawing Trailer

    Good painting comes from good drawing skills. Learn to use your pencil to create amazing images in black and white.

  • Downy Drawing Pt.1

    In part one we begin our drawing by applying values to establish the basic shape and form of the Downy.

  • Downy Drawing Pt.2

    With our values set we now start applying detail to the head and back of our Downy woodpecker.

  • Downy Drawing Pt.3

    In part three we detail the wing feathers, breast and start to texturize the branch in our drawing.

  • Downy Drawing Pt.4

    In this final part we apply final detail to the bird and branch and then use shading to soften off the drawing where needed.

  • downy-line-drawing.jpg

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    The line drawing to assist in transfer to board for this art instruction tutorial.

  • downy-drawing-template.jpg

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    The template for reference and for transfer to art board.

  • downy-drawing-reference.jpg

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    The photo reference that inspired the original painting.