Magpie Roughs

Hello once again everyone! I have nothing special to bring yet, I’m in the rough stages of a new side project – creating a “Sister bird out of blot” piece inspired by a piece I did in 2015.

Before I get on to explaining anything, I would like to dedicate the roughs sketches in this post to Keith Palmer and the rest of the victims from the recent London attack. I think what happened is appalling… and especially upsetting because I’m a Londoner myself. My kindest of thoughts to those affected.

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You Came To See This Bird – A crow flying out of an ink blot.

My current blog project is to draw a dramatic magpie piece in the style of the artwork I created above. Even though I’m used to drawing birds (I can thank my Birdmas project for this), my mind just hasn’t been able to tune into this project… I just can’t grasp anything at the moment, which is frustrating to say the least, however I tried to remedy this by doing some warm up sketches below.

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Magpie silhouette – I really like the dagger shaped tail of this species.

 

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Bird Silhouettes – Drawn to compare with magpie. All of them were drawn in water soluble wax pastels. They blend rather nice when moved with water to create smooth gradient colours.

Firstly, I drew silhouettes of a magpie, and then silhouettes of other birds to help me gauge basic shapes and the differences in shape between species. I did them in a black, blue, green, yellow gradient to get me used to the colours I’ll be using to sketch the sheen of my magpie’s wings.

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Spot the difference –  two different species of magpie. Both have similarities and differences

I then drew two different species of magpie side, and shortly afterwards, a magpie’s wing (below). all of which is just as reference to help me make things more realistic when I do my final piece.

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Now if only I can get the colour blending perfect…

Lastly, I did some very quick action sketches (below) to give me ideas about what pose I should draw. I drew these roughs either in graphite pencil, or water soluble wax pastels on paper.

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Action in flight – bird poses for future reference.

I’m still not feeling entirely confident about this, but here’s hoping a spark of inspiration can go off…

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by. And although these are only roughs, I do hope you like them. Cheers!

Artwork in this post has mostly been drawn from reference by myself. Rough action sketches are Copyright Levi Richards 2017. All rights reserved.

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14 thoughts on “Magpie Roughs

    • Thanks ever so much indeed. I’ve noticed you’ve liked a lot of my work, and I hugely appreciate that! 😀

      Oh, and yes, I did know that, but only very recently when I did research for my idea development. These are only roughs which I’m going to use to create a final piece. Stay tuned if you like! Cheers!

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      • Wow, I really don’t know what to say. Thanks so much for following me and for your enthusiasm! I get a lot more activity on my G+ version of this blog as opposed to WordPress, so I really appreciate it. You’ve given me a huge boost! I can’t thank you enough really. 😀

        Cheers my friend! Thanks so much once again.

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      • That’s great that you want to find me on G+, I use my real name on that one, +Levi Richards. I think this may be the link to my page:

        https://plus.google.com/u/0/114481352387700669506

        Apologies if I’m wrong, but it should be the one.

        I think your artwork is beautiful by the way, just checked your site. I’ve tried to follow you on WordPress, but strangely, it wont let me. WordPress can be a pain sometimes…

        Thanks so much. 🙂

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      • It doesn’t with me… It just keeps saying I’m not logged in, even though I am. I can only apologise for that… WordPress has always been cruel to me, which is why I’m much more involved with my G+ blog.

        Thanks, you’ve been very kind. Best wishes to you. Stay inspired!

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      • I’ll defo try and stay tuned to your stories. I’ve followed you back on G+ and left a comment on one of your posts. 🙂

        I use Windows, and WordPress still likes to get complicated with me, but then, this blog is slightly old and has been through many of WordPress’s silly updates and modifications… sometimes, I can’t even see my notifications here. I have to be extra vigilant.

        Cheers! Take care!

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