The Birds!

Inktober Prompt 8This little fellow is late to the “Draw-a-Bird” party this month, so he’ll be flapping his wings like crazy to catch up with the rest of the flock. I’ll be doing the same — playing catch-up on my Inktober prompts.

My prompts for this drawing were:

  • Crooked
  • Crow

 

It was a very busy weekend with a huge out-of-town vendor event for my business, so right now, I’m behind on lots of things. As the weather turns cooler and the holiday season comes, I’ll settle in more at home, and I’m really looking forward to doing more artwork over the next few months.

Drawing and posting my “crooked crow” gives me a sense of pleasure, even though I’m too late for this month’s “Draw-a-Bird” day on the blogs. I like this quickly-sketched crow because it actually resembles a crow. My proportions are fairly accurate.

That’s a real triumph for me. I thought it might be fun to take a look back at some of the short, squat, fat, dumpy and otherwise misshapen birds I’ve drawn and painted since my journey began in June 2015.

Bird 2

There was this little robin in the snow who looked like he’d found a few too many worms to eat. I drew him when I was learning to use soft pastels.

 

 

 

12-8-2016-2And who could possibly forget the horrid Mr. Patridge, the bird who refused to die? He was the first — and so far, the only — bird I painted with oil. Later, I tried to paint over him, yet no matter what I did, the image of Mr. Patridge came shining through. What he lacked in beauty, he made up for with tenacity.

Some of my birds benefited from a bit of “Foto-Flexing” to add frames or background vignettes.

The Eastern bluebird was drawn with colored pencils; the flamingo was my first attempt at using watercolor to draw and paint a bird.

 

Cardinal Framed

 

When I created this cardinal, I used charcoal pencils, then shook my head. Cardinals are bright and brilliant birds — at least the males of the species. I grabbed colored pencils and gave him more vivid plumage. I liked him well enough to add a background and frame with Foto-Flexer.

He was still a bit on the clunky, chunky side, although I felt my bird-drawing skills had improved a bit.

 

I was also a bit fond of this cheery little fellow: Scarlet

 

 

While visiting my husband’s parents in Osceola MO one spring day, I spotted this bird. I couldn’t wait to get home and paint him. I was even able to do my own watercolor background.

And then there was my Snowy Egret. This is still one of my favorite drawings. It was done with my beautiful set of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I never finished him completely — I couldn’t figure out exactly how to complete the background, but I still love the bird itself.

Snowy White Egret

Along with my “Crooked Crow”, I’ve also done a little penguin in ink. He came out a bit “pigeon-toed”, but overall, I liked him. He was a quick sketch project from “Sketchbook Nation”. I sketched him first with graphite — you can still see my pencil marks — and then used my Faber-Castel pens.

Penguin

This is the point, of course, where art gets fun…and a bit satisfying. My birds still aren’t works of art, but as I look back through my sketchbooks and paintings, I can see improvement. My birds are beginning to look like birds!

Thanks for sharing this little jaunt down memory lane with me. Happy drawing and painting!

 

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About Judith

As an artist, author, and musician, I celebrate creativity and personal expression through all that I do. I invite you to join me as I explore many different aspects of life, love, beauty, and nature.

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