How to Paint a Pelican Bird in Acrylic

Back in February, my lovely girlfriend and I left rainy, cold Portland in winter and visited her parents for a week in sunny Los Angeles.

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Needless to say, I had a great time waking up and picking a fresh grapefruit off the tree outside our room each morning, and then painting on their patio in the sunshine.  While on vacation, we took a daytrip down to Oceanside, CA, and I snapped this photo of a pelican on the pier.

Photo of pelican bird at Oceanside, CA

I decided to paint him (or her) the next day.  Luckily, I took a few photos of the process, and I’m posting it as a step by step painting guide.

pelican pencil sketch

First off, I grabbed a cheap paint board at Blick, and started drawing out the major lines of the bird and the landscape in pencil.  Don’t get too heavy-handed.  Just give yourself some lines to follow, like a kid and a coloring book.

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Jason Sipe is an artist, craftsman and writer. He has spent the last 20 years working in the art and media fields. He now turns to this blog and helping others learn about creating art as his main focus.

2 thoughts on “How to Paint a Pelican Bird in Acrylic

  1. This is cool. Do you have a tutorial for painting ducks?

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