My drawing and painting life
I spent some time sketching birds last night. It was late, so it shouldn’t take too long. I was looking for something different from the birds I drew before. Different, but not too different. 🙂
At the beginning of this month I had decided to work a kind of series. I wanted to draw just one kind of birds (seabirds) and work my way through a section of my bird book about these.
The first birds I drew had a muted palette, the washi bird too. And most were light. I was starting to get bored. Last night I thought about whether to move to another material (no, not yet), or to a different kind of bird. Leafing through the book, I decided the only thing I wanted, was a bird that was darker. I found a bird that looked expressive. I liked that too.
I drew it in a scribbly fashion first. Just a quick sketch to get the hang of the bird, of what it looks like, its stance, how the feathers are arranged on the wings, that kind of thing. Where it’s light and where it’s dark. The book mentions this bird is noted for its aggression. Well it’s shows in the picture. That first drawing was nice and scratchy! That seemed fitting for that aggressive element.
After that I felt more confident to do a contour drawing.
Only then, after doing these sketches, I felt loose and I did the one at the top. Making it didn’t take long, it seemed to flow out of my pen. I love it a lot.
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