A MIXED MEDIA PROJECT
This has been an interesting project for me. I am trying some new techniques and using some new materials I have never used before. I am still struggling learning to accurately draw birds. They are more difficult than one would believe. I bought an online class on Craftsy on drawing birds. The teacher is a very fine bird illustrator and he had us using acrylic inks in many layers. This creates a beautiful, stained glass-like affect. Wonderful! We have Mourning Doves nesting in our carport every year. Last year there were 5 broods of nestlings! They are so cute to watch as their parents care for them. Mourning Doves are so sweet. I just love them and thought I would try my hand at this bird.
Before we began we made a value drawing and graphed it out to transfer to our final paper. I learned that I really did not observe the bird very well. John Muir Laws says he often makes the head too big and yep, so did I. Amazing how you learn from your mistakes. I also wanted to slim down the bird a little as I thought she was too fat and puffy. This was probably another mistake. I should have followed the photo more closely.
|Photo by Pandeeswaran Bhoopathy|
Thank you to Pandeeswaran for letting me use your photograph. He is an amazing photographer!
|Here is my value pencil drawing from my source.|
|I made a photo copy of my drawing and then graphed it out to transfer to my mixed media paper.|
|This is the beginning stages of inking my drawing. I used very thin, pale ink.|
|The final stages of inking.|
|I wanted to add a soft background, so I decided to try my hand at using the pan pastels. |
Here is my effort as I was progressing with this.
The pan pastels are so soft and create a fuzzy, soft background.
|So here is my mostly finished project. For a first project using this technique, I am satisfied, but feel I have much more to learn. But that is a journey I am willing to work toward improving. And I had fun doing it!|
John is an excellent teacher and has some great bird (and animal) drawing lessons on line. Check his website out.
Drawing Birds in Brush & Ink with George Boorujy
George is a very fine bird illustrator and this is an excellent class.