How to Paint Blackbird Using Your Fingers

A few weeks ago a friend of mine had surgery. I took a break from the Arctic to paint this for her as she learns to fly again. Let's go!

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How to Paint Blackbird Using Your Fingers
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As usual, prime your canvas to allow the rest of the paint to blend.

As usual, prime your canvas to allow the rest of the paint to blend.

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Add some liquid black to your liner brush and lay some branches across your canvas.

Add some liquid black to your liner brush and lay some branches across your canvas.

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Spin your liner brush in the liquid black to bring it to a fine point.

Spin your liner brush in the liquid black to bring it to a fine point.

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Thin, wispy, jagged strokes are the key to doing branches and twigs.

Thin, wispy, jagged strokes are the key to doing branches and twigs.

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Add some midnight black to your pinky an start to block in your bird.

Add some midnight black to your pinky an start to block in your bird.

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Finish the basic shape with fingers and thumb.

Finish the basic shape with fingers and thumb.

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With your dirty four fingers, scrape from the body outwards to make feathers.

With your dirty four fingers, scrape from the body outwards to make feathers.

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Same process on the other wing.

Same process on the other wing.

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Add a second coat of black to the body to create some depth and shadow.

Add a second coat of black to the body to create some depth and shadow.

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Darker feather lines. At this point, I stepped away and studied it. I decided I liked it as an unfinished piece. It speaks the "take these broken wings and learn to fly as is. Sign with your pinky.

Darker feather lines. At this point, I stepped away and studied it. I decided I liked it as an unfinished piece. It speaks the "take these broken wings and learn to fly as is. Sign with your pinky.

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