“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.” e e cummings
I just love drawing the birds that come to our windowsill feeder. I’m able to get terrific photos or this would be a total drawing fail, lol. Don’t mind our weird windowsill feeder hub recycled from the scrap pile! It keeps the bluejays out.
My first time drawing a chickadee, I wasn’t happy with the shape of the body. You could tell it was a chickadee, because of his distinct markings, but I wasn’t happy with it. Second time through, I used the red-violet Polychromos in my magic Handbook sketchbook….not sure why, but those pencils and that book are a dynamite combination for me. Everything I draw in that book with the Polys look better than anything else. It still needs a lot of improvement, but I’m more pleased with the result:
Hmm…a cat and two birds….starting to see a pattern here. Sorry for the extra lines; I prefer not to erase, because it helps me gauge my progress. I’m all about improvement, people! I’m sure I’ll be drawing chickadees again, until I feel I’m coming closer to capturing them…
The other night, I attempted to draw my husband’s hand from a photo.
I didn’t have my eraser, and was drawing in bed, so I knew the first finger needed work….but I decided the next morning to leave the drawing as is. I enjoy drawing more when I don’t erase, and I feel that this is training me to draw faster, from life, which is what I’m eventually aiming to do, in nature and elsewhere. This is a Polychromos colored pencil in brown ochre:
Happy Sunday! I can’t believe the Ravens beat the Steelers last night. Guess we’ll be lighting up the purple candles in the windows for another week!