I saw a gorgeous photo of a seagull in flight from Crooked Tracks at this link and just had to try to capture it on paper. This one ^^ was done in watercolor pencil and I chose a paper that’s too small, leading me to have to cut off part of one wing. What an insult! Sorry, my seagull friend.
I tried a bunch of different mediums. This one ^^ was Polychromos colored pencil, and I bet I’ll be drawing/painting this again and again in the next weeks and months, because this, to me, is exactly what I think of when I think of a soaring bird. For sketches, I guess I’m happy with these, but this guy deserves some time and effort, don’t you think? To all my birdie artist friends: Don’t you just wanna drop everything and draw or paint this?! Once you visit the photo, I bet you will.
This ^^ sketch attempt, using a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen, fine nib, gave me a whole new appreciation for you pen and ink artists. Using this medium after drawing mainly with colored pencil for the past several months made me want to crumple this up and toss it in the trash. What an unforgiving medium ink is! Do I like the look of a finished ink sketch? (Well, assuming it’s not done by me…) Yes, of course! It’s lovely. But for the artist…wow. I found this extremely challenging, almost to the point I’d call it un-fun. Maybe it’s the choice of subject here? An almost white subject probably wasn’t the best choice for my first try. Also, the fine nib is not what I’d call fine, having used (and dried up) a Micron .005 pen for several months to outline other paintings/drawings. So, every mark made with any pressure at all is like SCREAMING IN CAPITAL LETTERS and if you go awry, it seems really obvious. Not sure I’ll be trying a pure ink sketch again anytime soon.
I’ve tried to get a photo of a seagull in flight, but haven’t found it easy! The best one I was able to get in real life is my avatar photo. The photo from Crooked Tracks, though, is just what I was looking for (and stalked hundreds of seagulls to get last October, to our mutual chagrin). I want to send out a big thank you to Crooked Tracks for posting this amazing photo! I wish I could say I’ve done it justice, which is why I will be trying it again and again. To be honest, these are all sketches. I haven’t yet devoted the time to this photo that it deserves. But it will happen! Maybe soon. We shall see.
This is one of the things I love about WordPress: I’ve found many photographers here who post daily, and inspire me to whip out sketchbook, pencil, paint, whatever’s closest to hand, and capture for myself the beauty they’re posting. Some of my favorites, in no particular order, are Jodi at Life in Between, Frank at Picture This, Steven at Ordinary Handsome, Charley at Vector Charley, Robin at Robin’s Robins and Bethula at Smilingtolife. (I’m positive I’ve missed others I also love, which is why I don’t often link to other bloggers….it’s not you, it’s my horrible memory, and the fact that I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings that keeps me from doing this more often.)
I hope my friends in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying the spring, and I hope you get a chance to take in some of Mother Nature’s artwork today. God is the best artist ever, and the hardest to imitate! Peace, all.