https://charleymckelvy.wordpress.com/ asked for a rose-breasted grosbeak and here it is! I hope you enjoy it, Charley.
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This took about an hour and a half, including the underdrawing done in graphite. Before drawing every day, the drawing would have probably taken about three hours, much frustration, and I may have given up in despair before even trying the watercolor.
I had no idea how to mix the vermilion color on the breast, but luckily Derwent solved that problem for me, because they make a deep vermilion watercolor pencil that was the perfect shade. I only had to mix with a bit of Payne’s grey to get some of the shading.
Things I learned:
- Probably a good idea to do a rough sketch on scrap paper of a new bird before trying to paint it. Maybe I’d have got the proportions a bit better that way.
- Sap green (M Graham) makes a fantastic background, but only a teeny teeny bit of paint is needed. (I hate to wash paint down the drain.)
- I need to study composition! But I need to improve my drawing and painting first, I guess. Can anyone recommend a good book on composition?
- I really do miss watercolor. It’s more time consuming than colored pencil, but it just does things no other medium I’ve tried does. It dances! And what’s better than dancing?
Tomorrow, I’ll be drawing a souvenir from the best place in the world. (That’s me-speak for the beaches of North Carolina.) Hope to see you then. Friday’s a’coming!