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Naturalist Bird Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Antonia Reyes Montealegre
Naturalist Illustration. Puerto Varas, Chile.
Joined May 2017
, Naturalist Illustration

Observe and interpret the beauty of birds and learn to paint their feathers, shapes, and vivid colors

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (769)
  • 13571 students

Observe and interpret the beauty of birds and learn to paint their feathers, shapes, and vivid colors

Illustrating nature is a field where art and science come together, urging us to consider the conservation of the environment. Illustrator Antonia Reyes, also known as Antonia Pajarito (little bird in Spanish), creates naturalist watercolors of infinite beauty. Her artistic process starts with an in-depth observation, analysis, and comparison, to include every detail, proportions, and relation of the individual elements it comprises.

In this course, Antonia invites you to a creative journey that involves opening your eyes, mind, and heart to detect the wonderful details in birds. She teaches you how to observe and interpret nature like a naturalist from the twenty-first century. Learn how to draw, use watercolors, understanding the basic anatomy of birds, and the representation of feathers, their colors, as well as other details.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 22 downloads

Inspiration and documentation
8 minutes, 51 seconds
The importance of observation
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Color palette
11 minutes, 9 seconds
Base washes and first layers
10 minutes, 6 seconds
The texture of the plumage
12 minutes, 2 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (769)
  • 13571 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 4m)
  • 22 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

You will create a complete illustration of a bird of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To all those that want to connect with nature, open their eyes to details, shapes, and colors, and learn how to express them on paper.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, it will be useful to have basic notions in watercolor technique.

As for materials, you’ll need sketching paper, tracing paper, and different types of watercolor paper, some graphite pencils to draw, paintbrushes, watercolors, and some colored pencils, and a gel ink pen for the final details.


13571 Students
769 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Antonia Reyes Montealegre

Teacher Plus
Naturalist Illustration

Antonia defines herself as an illustrator of nature. She has specialized in the representation of the Chilean flora and fauna, a natural paradise. Her relationship with nature has always stemmed from exploration, then from her studio, to interpret it artistically. She aspires to generate illustrations that transmit emotions and show the beauty of nature. All her work is done by hand, with pencils, watercolors, and paper.

The majority of her projects are self-managed, due to her passion for entwining illustrations with experiences, workshops, excursions, etc. She shares her work and discoveries on social media and on her website, which has become an illustrated blog.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in this course?
  • U2

    Materials and search for references

    • The materials
    • Inspiration and documentation
    • The importance of observation
  • U3

    From drawing to color

    • From sketch to final watercolor paper
    • Color palette
    • Base washes and first layers
    • The texture of the plumage
  • U4

    Final thoughts

    • Details and touches
    • Details and touches (part 2)
    • Displaying the options
  • FP

    Final project

    • Naturalistic watercolor bird illustration

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Naturalist Bird Illustration with Watercolors. Illustration course by Antonia Reyes Montealegre Best seller

Naturalist Bird Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Antonia Reyes Montealegre
Naturalist Illustration. Puerto Varas, Chile.
Joined May 2017
  • 98% positive reviews (769)
  • 13571 students