Happy Draw-A-Bird-Day! Thanks to Tony LePrieur for permission to use his photo of a male Audubon subspecies Yellow-rumped Warbler as a reference. The photo was published in a Birds Calgary blog post titled Birds of Bridlewood and Carburn Park. As Bob Lefebvre noted, the other subspecies, Myrtle, is more commonly seen in Calgary. I saw many in juvenile plumage but only two adult males in breeding plumage, which I only succeeded in photographing in parts, as they darted through leafy bushes. I’ve glimpsed a few male Myrtles in Edmonton too. They breed here. And right now, a few of them are singing way up high in the tree tops. Male Myrtles have white throats while male Audubons have yellow throats.
My actual drawing is of a non-existent Orange-rumped Warbler. I accidentally discovered that two layers of medium yellow marker (Crayola) look almost orange. And then I made the almost-orange definitely orange by streaking it through with light orange. To make the orange turn yellow, I used Photoshop to “suck out” the reddishness.
My fun, little challenge while drawing this bird was to draw it without a grid or ruler. Instead, I did a series of sketches until I had a better sense of how the body parts fit together: their relative positions and lengths, and the approximate slopes of the different lines. I found it hard to do with a horizontal drawing surface and vertical reference (my laptop screen) because the viewing perspectives are different. But it was fun to play with drawing without measurements.