Cardinal colored pencil drawing: in progress

Cardinal colored pencil drawing - progress 1

The bird drawing continues!  I started this colored pencil drawing of a Northern Cardinal yesterday using this photograph on Instagram as the source image.  I was really drawn to this photo because the cardinal is looking straight at the camera – what an amazing shot!  When I showed the drawing to my partner yesterday, he said, “This bird is staring straight into my soul.”  Haha!

Cardinal colored pencil drawing - initial sketch

I am happy to report that, unlike last time, I didn’t trace the outline of the bird beforehand.  It is all free-handed.  It’s not perfect, but it’s not too bad either!

More progress to come next weekend, hopefully!

Cedar waxwing colored pencil drawing

Cedar waxwing colored pencil drawing by Allspice Abounds

Cedar waxwings are such striking birds!  Last spring I started to get interested in bird watching (you know, yet another old lady hobby to add to my list).  🙂  It was my first spring in Minnesota, and I learned that we are located right along the Mississippi Flyway, which means many opportunities to see a diverse array of beautiful birds during their seasonal migration.  Plus, my new neighborhood has a lot more trees and other vegetation than my old neighborhood in Massachusetts (which was much more urban), so I have seeing birds left and right.  It has been awesome!  I am definitely still a bird-watching novice, but I’ve been enjoying the learning process. Continue reading

Random sketch from an Instagram photo

Random Instagram sketch 2

This evening I found myself all wound up after a stressful day (and week) at work and an eerie walk around my deserted neighborhood.  I think being cooped up in the house is finally starting to get to me.  In search of something, anything, to get my mind off of everything that is going on, I dug out my sketchbook and decided to distract myself with a little drawing.  I scrolled through Instagram for inspiration (as one does), and found this photo by @orchidsheart, which I saw shared by @helens__closet.  About an hour later, I came up with this little sketch.  I almost never attempt to sketch people, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.  Although I am tempted to spend many more hours on it to “perfect” the shading (as if I am capable of such perfection, ha!), I’m calling it done and going to bed.

Many thanks to Ophelia for the inspiration and a welcome distraction on this unsettling night.