How to paint a Mountain Bluebird step-by-step

I have received several requests for more step by step guidance on drawing birds. I have started adding a touch of white colored pencil over dry watercolor and I really like the results. Note how much this illustration tightens up when I add the white pencil and the dark Verathin pencil lines at the end. Make sure the watercolors are dry between coats. The paper also needs to be bone dry before adding colored pencils or the pencils will tear the paper. Study the two animations below then download the bluebird painting study sheet, print it out on heavy paper  and try it yourself.

mountain bluebird animation

step by step animation of how to paint a Mountain Bluebird female