Many experts say that sketching birds in the field is a great way to learn and take notes, but I find that very difficult to do when birds are buzzing past you. Birds that are often still, like duck and the wading birds we often find in South Florida are not as difficult to sit and sketch, and Nick and I have tried it a couple of times. Here are some of my first sketches of a Glossy Ibis and a Blue-Winged Teal.
But recently I decided that I wanted to express my love of birds in more detail and in color. I love to paint, but that’s pretty time-consuming for me. I decided I would have a go at drawing birds with colored pencils. I had some nice, basic art pencils and went for it. My first subject would be a Prairie Warbler. I used my pictures that I’ve taken previously as my models. With my simple pack of 12 colored pencils, I thought I did pretty well considering the Prairie Warbler didn’t have too many colors.
It felt so nice to finally draw again and in color that I decided to beef up my artillery and get a larger pack of good quality colored pencils. I splurged (but using a 50% off coupon....YES!) and bought a pack of 36 pencils which allowed me to have more variation in colors.
|Cape May Warbler Sketch 1|
|Cape May Warbler Sketch 2|
Next on my list would be a Cape May Warbler. I must say that I think I did a better job with this one. And, I found that I did actually learn more about the bird’s features by drawing it, such as the potbelly and the slightly decurved bill. I am so glad that I have found myself drawing again. I can knock out a drawing of a warbler in about an hour or two, and I get to express my artistic side while learning about birds – it’s a win-win!
|Completed Cape May Warbler Drawing|