#Birdmas 2018 Day 8: 8 Gulls a Leering

On the seventh day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

8 Gulls a Leering
7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Day 8 8 Gulls a Leering

Peekaboo. I see your chips…

I’m not going to say a lot as I’m catching up, and so I hope my artwork speaks for itself, however I will say that I had fun with a bit more minimalism, and that my day 8 bird was a seagull… I chose the Black Backed Seagull as inspiration for this piece. Cheers for stopping by as always and I hope you enjoy!

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

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#Birdmas 2018 Day 7: 7 Owls Peering

On the seventh day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Ugh…. I’ve had SO much to do, organise, and sort out that Birdmas is beginning to be more of a chore than a fun challenge (I absolutely hate to say that, but it is…) However, I’ve managed to do 2 more entries, and technically have another 2 to finish.

Day 7 7 Owls peering

Whhoooooo’s ready for some camping?

This bird is inspired by a Great Horned Owl… I wanted it to look more perfect than this but I just didn’t have time. I also implemented some chiaroscuro techniques… I’m not going to say any more than that since I will lose even more time. Instead, I’ll thank everyone for their time to stop by, and if there are any questions, feel free to ask. Cheers!

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 6: 6 Storks a Stalking

On the sixth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Firstly, my sincere apologies to those attempting this challenge in my Triwing Club, some of you have left lovely messages both on my work and on the work of others, and I haven’t been able to get to them.

I haven’t been too active on here lately in general too… it’s been rather a stressful week with a lot going on and I’ve hardly had time at all. I decided to just carry on with my pieces first and get to everyone later. I hope that’s ok.

Day 6 6 Storks a stalking

Not the prettiest oil painting in the gallery… but then again, this isn’t an oil painting.

Now onto this, this may look like a vulture, but it is in fact stylised and inspired by a species known as a Marabou Stork. A stork was today’s bird for me, but I chose this particular one because of how ugly it looks… It’s beautiful in it’s ugliness, and storks usually have angelic, beautiful connotations linked to them, so this makes a wonderful contrast. Hopefully I captured this.

The background was the hardest part because I had no inspiration for how I’d do it, so I just fluffed it up like this. Hope you all enjoy this entry as always, and I thank you all for stopping by.

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

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Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 5: 5 GOLDEN WINGS

On the fifth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

…And goodness gracious, hooray for day 5 because not only did I draw a Peregrine Falcon (Triwing’s mascot bird), but I also managed to get something to rhyme with the infamous line “5 Gold Rings”! The answer was staring me in the face all this time and I didn’t notice!

in 2016, I drew “5 Gold Starlings”…. 2017 was, “5 Gold Hatchlings”… day 5 is creatively the hardest to compose for me for sure.

Day 5 5 GOLDEN WINGS

5 GOLDEN WWWWWIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGSSSS!!!!

Anyway, onto this design. I wanted this to have a truly avian feel to it… and what do birds do better than anything else? Fly in the sky of course! I loved the idea of having a deep blue sky and clouds with a tiny hint of perspective to give the falcon some height and interest.

It was a bit difficult to get the gold just how I wanted it, and I could have even amended it even further, but for lack of time, it wouldn’t be sensible so I had to stop. Hope you all like this as always, and I once again thank you for stopping by.

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 4: 4 Hummingbirds

On the fourth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Phew… now I’m slightly starting to gain ground so early in the morning…. and yes, before anyone says “whoo! I can see some pretty pink flowers!”, there are things in this piece that I’d never normally draw…. but this year, I made a small, self generated list of each bird I’ll draw on each day. Day 4 happens to be a hummingbird, and hummingbirds love “cutesy” flowers for their nectar…

Day 4 4 Hummingbirds

Nothing cute here….

I did something different with this one in that I tried to keep the background white, but with a hint of bold colour to add interest. I did this by messing with blending modes and filters in my digital software. Not sure it went my way, but at least I gave it a go.

The most difficult part was to capture the sheen in the feathers, which is one of the things this species is known for. I just layered on colours stroke by stroke as I haven’t got much time at all. In any case, I hope you like it.

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

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Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 3: 3 Redshanks

On the third day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Now I’m beginning to slip behind for which I apologise…. but this is my day 3 bird, a Redshank. It’s a shorebird apparently.

Day 3 3 Redshanks

Suit you, Shank! Geddit…?

With this one, I wanted to add a bit of sass to the pose since when I looked at images of this species, I noticed they seem to stand very upright and stylishly. I found that fun, so why not play with it in my own way?

I also discreetly added the number 3 in the background to make this a number entry. I haven’t got much to add apart from that… I’m catching up. Please do bear with me, I do hope you enjoy nonetheless.

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

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Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 2: 2 Frigate Birds

On the second day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Hello once again… so sorry for the delay in my entries… I want to be around for this as much as possible, but I still have a lot going on, and it takes more time to perfect my ideas for this challenge, so do bear with me. For those doing this challenge, you have my sincere thanks…. please keep the interaction and artwork going, we need it!

Day 2 2 Frigate Birds

KABOOMF! Make some NNNNOOOIIISSEEEE!!

This number method drawing is inspired by a species known as a Magnificent Frigate Bird. The male of the species has a red pouch around it’s neck which it inflates during mating season. After inflating the pouch, he shakes his wings and makes a rattling and drumming sound to attract overhead flying females.

There are 2 types of frigate bird, Maginificent Frigates, which have a green sheen on their feathers, and Great Frigates which have a more purple-ish sheen. Only males have the red pouch for both sub species, the female has a white belly. (Info from various sources).

I parodied the mating dance by having the phrase “KABOOMF” and some motion blur to make an impact in the piece, as always, I do hope you enjoy!

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!