Mark Menendez: Jungle Macaw Colored Pencil Tutorial

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Stunningly vivid, you’ll have a ball drawing this brilliant tropical bird with all its bright colors. Mark Menendez excels at showing you how to simplify even complicated textures like this macaw’s feathers. With specific, detailed instruction on changing stroke direction, you’ll draw this bird easily, without fussing over every single detail. You’ll be amazed at how little it actually takes to create such life-like realism.

Even the seemingly difficult background is a simple matter of four layers and five colors. You’ll learn loads with this kit and we know you’ll have fun doing it!

Only 20 colored pencils needed! 
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Mark Menendez is a fine artist, illustrator and traveling teacher with over 30 years experience teaching art. You are in a master instructor's hands with Mark's tutorials!


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Tracey F.

Excellent tutorial to learn about vibrancy with CP

I enjoyed completing this tutorial. It was an excellent lesson in how to create vibrancy with CP. My only criticism would be that in some places the instructions said to follow the arrows in the picture but there we no arrows in the picture.

Linda D.
United States United States


I just started it and got part of the head done. I find the instructions for the eyes confusing. I didn’t realize this is for the more advanced, which I’m not! I will probably put this on the back burner for now especially with the holidays so close at hand. Thanks for asking! Merry Christmas

James M.
United States United States

It was for the birds

I loved it just started working on the new piece.

A Ann Kullberg Customer
Janell S.
United States United States

Still working on this

The instructions are rated Intermediate/Advanced and that is accurate. Probably above my skill level. The black line master has too many scribbles and lacks the clear proportional outlines that I need to get the scale correct. I would also like the original photo to refer to for the feather details.

Janell S. verified customer review of Mark Menendez: Jungle Macaw Colored Pencil Tutorial
Paul H.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


I find the teaching step by step really good and would love to see more of Marks tutorials if he plans to do more , I am working through the peacock one at the moment , I am sending my version of the Scarlet Macaw and would be interested in knowing if it’s ok to submit any of these versions of the lessons into your next years art books when it’s time to submit

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