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!
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 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
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.