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A Feathery Focus: Painting A Bald Eagle Portrait

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Paint a majestic bald eagle portrait in this feathery watercolor lesson! Award-winning watercolorist William “Bill” Dunn shows a quick and easy way to paint the iconic bird mascot of America. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • Reference picture of a bald eagle (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Fluid 100 hot press watercolor paper (140lb, size 9″ x 12″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with 2B lead
  • ½” Artist’s or masking tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette
  • A container of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Gamboge Nova
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Indigo
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • French Ultramarine

Holbein Artists’ Designer Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Brush Series 111: Round brush (no. 2)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Brush Series 333: Rigger brush (no. 1)
  • A small Chinese brush