Except for high school art classes (waving hello to my former art table workmate, Bon Bon from phantom kitty!), I am not schooled in the least. No training; no technique. Many years ago, I used to paint with watercolor, tempura, and then acrylics. These days, colored pencil (and sometimes magic marker) is my preferred medium. Art is just a hobby, and this is my method of going about it.
I cannot draw from my head. I need another drawing, painting or photograph to model after. Magazines, calendars, and bird I.D. guides have all supplied material in the past. Lately, I've been using photographs, both from bloggers and gleaned from the web. I usually print a couple of different sized enlargements for color and detail.
|Photo credit: Brian King at heyBJK Outdoors|
|The beginning of blues and grays - about an hour into it here.|
The next day, I continued working in blues, grays, silvers, blacks and whites. After another hour and a half, the GBH has started to take shape. Keeping feathers light and airy was my biggest challenge on this bird.
Add another half hour and begin to throw the browns and olives of the stump into the drawing...
|About 3 hours in now.|
The third drawing day consisted of another hour and a half of work to finish out the stump, water and shadows. Again, I drew in phases, not all at once.
After pencil and eraser, 15 different colored pencils, about 4 1/2 hours of actual drawing time completed in fits and starts over about a 5 day span, and some matting and framing, the Great Blue Heron drawing is considered finished.
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