Toucan. Workshop. All skill levels. BASIC. Start anytime.

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The toucans are, due to their unique appearance, among the most popular and well known birds in the world.

Toco toucan is the largest species of toucan. Toucan range in size from 29 cm (11 in) to 63 cm (25 in).

The colourful and large bill, which in some large species measures more than half the length of the body, is the hallmark of toucans. Despite its size, the toucan’s bill is very light, being composed of bone struts filled with spongy tissue of keratin between them. The bills of female toucans are usually shorter, deeper and sometimes straighter, giving more of a “blocky” impression compared to male bills.

BASIC package for self-study

Video access: Lifetime
20 min of video step-by-step tutorial

Student’s work:

Materials and tools:

⁃ Watercolour paper (100% cotton is preferable) - 1 sheet, size recommend 10x8 or 14x10; 
⁃ printer paper for a photo reference (optional);

- Soft round brushes, at least one big and one small;

-  synthetic flat brush, recommendation size  is 3/4

⁃ Hair dryer;
⁃ Pencil and eraser;
⁃ Two jars of water;
⁃ A board slightly larger than your watercolour paper;

⁃ Watercolour paint (any quality, preferable in tubes)

Colours, my choice is in brackets;
any yellow (Cadmium Yellow)

any red (Alizarin Crimson)

any orange (Transparent Orange) - optional;

any blue (Cobalt)

any dark grey (Paynes’ Grey and Neutral Tint)

White Gouache or White COPIC (optional)

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