A Dragonfly Illustration Watercolour Tutorial – PDF Downloadable Document
This is an immature male Black Tailed Skimmer Dragonfly. Mature males have a powder blue coloured abdomen whereas the immature male is much more like the female of the species. Interestingly the little black marks on the wing ends are known as pterostigma, they add weight to the wing and can speed up gliding by 25%. This dragonfly will often be seen basking on exposed soil or stone, and they can be found around ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers.
I have classed this project as suitable for someone with some experience. The wings are probably the hardest part and within the tutorial I suggest two completely different ways of approaching them. I would strongly advise that you experiment with the two methods. You really need the patterns within the wings to be as fine as they are within the photo. Achieving such fine lines is difficult and takes a lot of practise – hence the intermediate rating.
This is an instant PDF download, you could start painting this Dragonfly in a matter of minutes. You don’t even need to wait for the post to arrive! You will receive a 34-page PDF document. Set out in the same way as the tutorials I write for magazines. However, you get lots more large photos of the different stages.
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Downloadable lessons enable you to work at your own speed. Firstly you can dip in and out of the content. Secondly you can spend time studying the fine details and practise the various techniques as often as you like.
I really like to focus on the watercolour techniques needed to create a realistic painting. Likewise, I love sharing this style of painting through my tutorials and hope I inspire others to create detailed wildlife portraits too.
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Here’s a little look at the Black Tailed Skimmer tutorial, I hope you like it.
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