How To Paint a Robin

How To Paint a Robin

Most of you will know that this isn't my first time painting a Robin. My first foray in to painting one of our feathered friends was for the subject of a YouTube video on my channel. I always like testing my skill with different subjects and I enjoyed painting Mr Robin first time around very much. Apparently, lots of viewers liked it too! I can't begin to tell you how many people have asked me for a longer, more detailed version so here it is.

I painted this lesson entirely in oil paint (rather than blocking in in Acrylic paints) because there's a fair amount of soft focus and blending is easier when the paint stays wet for longer. There's lots of detail in the feathers and a steady hand is required as is mixing the right paint consistancy.

Even though I've rated this painting intermediate to advanced I'd recommend everyone giving it a try. Challenge yourself. I think you'll be pleased you did.

Good luck!

Michael

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
Panel Size: 12 x 12 inches
Brushes used in this lesson: Michael James Smith Professional Brush Set

In August 2019 Michael switched brush manufacturers from Rosemary & Co to PalettePro and as a result the series numbers/names are different in some of the lessons. In order to be able to complete the lessons regardless of which set you’re using we have put together a chart which lists the equivalent brushes from both sets.

Oil Paints:
Titanium White
Burnt Umber
French Ultramarine
Ivory Black
Winsor Yellow
Cadmium Orange
Alazarin Crimson
Cerulean Blue Hue
Dioxazine Purple
Sap Green

Mediums / Thinners:
Winsor & Newton Liquin Original
White Spirit

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How To Paint a Robin