Draw a bird day!

I learned from createarteveryday who learned from awingandaway that today is draw a bird day. So I thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t drawn anything in ages but I managed to find some drawing basics: white paper, a pencil, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. No green highlighters manifested themselves during my search but I did come upon a brown pen. It took a lot of drawing and erasing of pencil marks but a satisfactory bushtit outline finally appeared. Fun!

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    • Thanks Jennifer :-). I admire your beautiful illustrations. Maybe they will inspire me to pick up some colour pencils and draw a few more birds before next year’s Bird Day…

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  1. Most excellent drawing of this little Bushtit! I’ve wished I could paint and draw since I was in jr. High. After countless art classes I gave up as the teachers I had taught to those in the class that had natural talent. I thought I was a hopeless case until I found Doug Wright in Adult Ed. He taught me to use rulers, grids, and gave me permission to experiment, fail, and play.
    It was after his classes that I was finally able to draw and paint something that actually looked like I had it my head.

    Keep at it, don’t give up! I hope you find your Doug Wright!


    • Congratulations on persevering with your drawing lessons :-). It is pretty cool to be able to draw things as you see them in your head. As for drawing from a photograph, grids are a great tool. I may try a watercolour class one day, but for now I think I’ll stick to books. And maybe I’ll work my way up to drawing a heron some day… in one of the easier poses ;-).

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    • Thank you :-). I’d mostly given up on drawing (there is so much else to do!), but the ability to draw birds and other cute animals is just so cool. The animal illustrations you whip up every day are way awesome! I’m not going for awesome… but it would be fun to expand on my stick figure repertoire.


    • Oh! I did do a lot of drawing with graphite and colour pencils when I was in my late teens and early 20s. So I was relearning instead of learning from scratch. It took a lot of patience to draw the barbet. I haven’t found that kind of patience since then. Also, the house where I lived then had really good natural lighting. I find it harder to work with colour pencils in artificial light. I like how the barbet turned out too. I like the colour variation in the feathers from the thin layers of different colours. Maybe someday I’ll try to draw another bird with that technique. 🙂

      I’m super impressed by your growth as an illustrator! I find it inspiring. Thanks. 🙂

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      • As your barbet is definitely my favourite of yours, I love your other birds too. For example, the hawk, bare-legged owl, golden-crowned kinglet, red-winged blackbird snacking on a cattail – they are really something. 🙂
        Thus, even if you don’t draw any bird with that technique again, you still are one of my favourite artist. 🙂

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