Friday, May 14, 2010
Stellers Jay Bird stage 1
Whenever I start drawing a bird, I generally make sure I have all his parts in the right place before I get into any detail. I use a medium soft pencil and gum eraser so I don't damage the paper as I erase. I compare large feather to feather, head to eye, beak to eye, beak to feet, etc., so all his parts are where they are supposed to be.
Then I slowly add one feather here, and compare to the rest, I also add tiny light lines to show where the color might take a huge change from dark to light or change altogether. In this jay, he has a large white patch above his eye and a streak of white on his head, also a tiny amount of white in the feathers below his beak. When I go to add the white, I erase the area of pencil first because the white won't flow smoothly over the pencil marks, it's too oily and dark. I don't seem to have that problem with the darker colors so don't erase the pencil marks for those. This initial sketch took me about 2 hours. Hope to work on him more tonight!