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