The Blue Grosbeak is a stunning bird with rich colors, a delight to paint. Use this bird as a study to practice using flat washes to build up colors. Download and print the line drawing and paint over it. This way you will not worry about messing up a drawing and can focus on watercolor technique. Adding texture with colored pencils on top of dry watercolor is a fast way to create convincing texture. Try a few lines to suggest detail rather than noodling in every feather.
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