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Naturalist Bird Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Antonia Reyes Montealegre
Naturalist Illustration. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 05/13/2017
, 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 (242)
  • 5154 students
Naturalist Bird Illustration with Watercolors

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

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (242)
  • 5154 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (2h 4m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

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.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and search for references
  • U3
    U3. From drawing to color
  • U4
    U4. Final thoughts
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Antonia, who will talk about her area of expertise, and tell you where she draws her inspiration from.

Understand how to use the ideal art materials to develop your watercolor illustration, reviewing the many sources of inspiration you can use to find the necessary inspiration and information for your illustration.

Continue the course by analyzing the parts that make up the anatomy of a bird, to achieve realistic illustrations, learning how to observe birds like a illustrator: identifying basic shapes and proportions. Then, start drawing loose sketches until your get to finding one that will enable you to start with watercolor.

Collect a repertoire of the colors that you will use to create your chromatic guide. Antonia will show you how to start diluting your watercolors and cover general areas of color: areas of color, light, and shadows. Then, work on the plumage and learn different types of brush strokes to achieve intricate textures.

Work on the realism of your illustration, by focusing on the contrast and details. With penciles, finish the final touches on the eyes, beak, and feet. To finish, Antonia gives you some tricks and ideas to recreate illustrations of other bird species, but as always, with your own personal style.

What is this course's project?

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

Projects by course students

Who is it 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.

What you need

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.


5154 Students
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Antonia Reyes Montealegre

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 artisticallly. 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. A Illustration course by Antonia Reyes Montealegre Best Seller

Naturalist Bird Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Antonia Reyes Montealegre
Naturalist Illustration. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 05/13/2017
  • 98% Positive reviews (242)
  • 5154 students