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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Flamingo beginning

I thought I'd post the beginning of a drawing I'm working on. I have a friend who loves flamingoes so I thought I would draw one for her. Here's the beginning of the sketch. I wonder why some people call colored pencil drawings, "colored pencil paintings"? Is that because they use the water soluble kind of pencils? Or is it a standard term?

I also saw someone who was drawing on Rising Museum Board, which I never heard of. Then I researched it on Dick Blick and it's a kind of matte board. Anyone like using colored pencil on matte board? How does it handle?

Roughed this in with light pencil, then some pen and ink, the started on the beak, then the myriad feathers, and we're taking BIG feathers! I'll post it again tomorrow if I get some more done on it. I work in layers, putting in the lightest colors, or over coloring light pinks with whites to make them smoother, or using lighter or darker colors for pullling out the details. Kind of a modge podge of techniques. Whatever works! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Visitor 3 is a sparrow I think????

Visitor 2?

Visitors One

Anyone know what kinds of visitors I'm getting at my feeder?

Tufted Titmouse

This little guy is my first drawing of a blue shaded bird and I realized I really need more blues!!!! Even though I probably used every blue I own. Back to Dick Blick this afternoon. I wish there was one in New Hampshire. Then I wouldn't have to pay for shipping! Where are there stores located?

Tufted Titmouse close-up

Western Meadowlark

I love all the spots. I want to try to draw a Snowy Owl, but they REALLY have tons of spots. I'll need larger paper!

Close up of Meadowlark

Thanks for those of you who helped me figure out what this bird was! I did confirm it through Google when I found an entire collection of Meadowlarks that looked just like him! All those spots and markings were a pain to draw but fun too!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cygnet (Baby Swan)

A cute baby swan taking a swim around the pond with Moma nearby, you can be sure! Water is very hard to draw. I need more practice! Any many more blue colored pencils. Time to hit Dick Blicks again!

Cygnet closeup

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Now this was extremely hard to draw. So many layers of reds, oranges, yellows, blues and grays. He looks like he's lording over those sunflower seeds and no one better try sneaking one!

Cardinal close-up


Here's another little guy ready and waiting for Easter and he looks like he's already started the parade! They are so cute and cuddly, it's too bad they can't stay this size!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chicken Little for Easter coming up!

I drew this little chickie for those of you who want to buy a special print for your special someone! I can personalize the text with your child's name or your sweeties! Enjoy! Check it out on my Etsy site to see it framed.

Chicken Little close-up

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Carolina Wren Bird

This is the State Bird of South Carolina, drawn special for my brother who lives down there and is starting a new business. Hopefully he'll be able to sell some prints from his store! This was really difficult to draw because of all the detail on the face. Should have drawn him just a bit larger! Enjoy!

Carolina Wren detail


Just finished my Lovebirds in time to give them to my Sweetie for Valentine's Day, which is our 10th Anniversary! Hope you enjoy them!

Lovebirds detail

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bird Video

Someone in my group posted the link to this awesome video of birds on a wire. Copy and paste this url and have an awe inspiring time watching their acrobatics! http://vimeo.com/3013257

Yellow Throated Warbler Bird

I drew this little guy last night. And this morning I finally got the Prismacolor pencils I ordered way back!!! I don't like the new box. The colors are in no particular order and you have to spread out all three flimsy plastic trays to see all the colors. Time for a nice new huge pencil holder!

Yellow Throated Warbler Bird close up

Monday, February 1, 2010

Gold Winged Warbler Bird

This guy was so much fun to draw. Enjoy!

These are now available on my Etsy site!

Gold Winged Warble close up

a close up

Male Yellow Warbler

Finally receive my Faber Castell Polychromos from Dick Blick but still have not received my Prismacolors. Have they gone out of business or what? Dick blick contacted the factory and supposedly they went out directly from there. Where they are now, I do not know!

But I enjoyed working with the Polychromos, thought they are missing quiet a few colors in this set so I used a few prismacolors on this also. Hope you enjoy my little guy. I feel I'm getting more confident in these little heads, beaks and such, the more I draw them.


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