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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 12 July 2024
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800921795
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £6.50 (2 available)
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: Simply Paint
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Simply Paint Birds


A complete watercolour course for beginners by Tom Shepherd

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Book Description

Unlock the world of contemporary watercolour bird painting with popular artist and dynamic teacher, Tom Shepherd.

Free Daniel Smith paint dot card included to get you started immediately!

Painting birds doesn't have to be technical or daunting, even for a complete beginner. Through friendly advice and clear instructions, expert artist and tutor Tom Shepherd will show you how to paint 26 dynamic, colourful birds in 8 steps each, including:

  • Eagles
  • Flamingos
  • Owls
  • Macaw parrots
  • Red Cardinals
  • Toucans
  • Robins


If you’re a complete beginner, simply follow the projects in order to learn how to handle watercolour in achievable, rewarding steps. You will build essential skills while producing impressive results right from the start. Meanwhile, if you’re a confident hobby artist, you can dip in and out wherever you wish.

Tom's step-by-step process for each bird is simple and achievable, and uses just a few watercolour paints and a handful of brushes. His style is fresh and contemporary, and his clear instructions will allow you to achieve the same loose, dynamic results.

Table of Contents

Techniques and tips12
Raven 24
Blackbird 28
Swan 32
Avocet 36
Rockhopper penguins 40
Red Cardinal 44
Flamingo 48
Scarlet Ibis 52
Toucan 56
Hummingbird 60
Lovebirds 64
Bateleur Eagle 68
Tawny Owl 72
Scarlet Macaw 76
Robin 80
Carmine Bee-eater 84
Kingfisher 88
Mandarin Duck 92
Hoopoe 96
Bluejay 100
Barn Owl 104
Turtle Dove 108
Bald Eagle 112
Blue-and-Gold Macaw 116
Resplendent Quetzal 120
Peacock 124

About the Author

About Tom Shepherd

Tom Shepherd started his art career by creating custom artwork on guitars using graffiti pens. Making a move towards a brush and more traditional mediums opened up a whole new world to him, and he hasn’t looked back since. Tom loves painting a wide variety of subjects, but is always drawn back to the place where his first two passions met; painting wildlife, in particular birds. 

Tom's work has become widely collected across the world.  He has been a highly commended finalist in the world-renowned Wildlife Artist of the Year on several occasions. Where possible he likes to combine his artwork with conservation efforts close to his heart. As well as involvement with various group exhibitions geared towards raising funds for wildlife and conservation; he also contributes a portion of sales each year to UK based Organisations such as WWT (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust), raising many thousands of pounds for wildlife.

Tom is also a highly regarded, and much sought-after tutor. As well as running his own workshops, he travels all over the UK teaching and demonstration for Art Groups & Societies.  He also leads painting holidays in beautiful rural France.

Tom co-hosts the podcast Ask an Artist, and runs successful remote painting classes through his School of Watercolour (schoolofwatercolour.co.uk)

Website: www.tomshepherdart.com

Instagram: @tomshepherdartist

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