“Black Cockatoo, Flowering Gum” illustration tutorial (in pictures) from Heidi Willis

Here’s a set of flickr images from Heidi Willis, showing how her Cockatoo illustration was completed. Airbrushing is definitely involved here, and likely in combination with watercolour (or some brush application). [Oops, my mistake. Please see clarifications in the comments section, from Heidi herself.] Heidi says she’s a self-taught watercolourist. You can see more of her works at her website – www.heidiwillis.com.au.

Here’s how she did it (click on the links/ images to see larger pictures at Flickr):

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

Step 5:

Finished Art:

Here’s the link to Heidi’s flickr page.

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One thought on ““Black Cockatoo, Flowering Gum” illustration tutorial (in pictures) from Heidi Willis

  1. Hello everyone, in response to the opening comment, this painting is done completely in watercolour. All of the stages apart from stage 5 are done with a brush & washes, with step 5 being applied with an airbrush. I don’t like mixing my mediums & i am extremely loyal to using only watercolour, but i do find it difficult to airbrush with because of the transparency of the medium. Of course, this makes avoiding mistakes extremely important!

    It is not particulaly important which stage you do first as they are all very independant of each other, this is just the order i chose fir this particular piece. There was an extensive instructional article printed on this painting in ‘Artist Palette’ magazine, issue no 35, if anyone can find a copy. It was sold out at the time. The article is very specific as to the process, but i am happy to discuss it here with anyone who has questions. Happy painting, Heidi Willis

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