Birdies in my Reader: 100 Face Challenge (#14)

There are many photographers here on WP whose work I’m privileged to see daily, and one of my very favorites is Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd. Her recent post of three stunning bird closeups had me itching to grab a sketchbook.


I’m focused on faces this year, but I really liked the perspective of the bird in Kathy’s photo, so I sketched a quick outline, then went back with Derwent’s Graphitint and Inktense watercolor pencils to liven it up a bit. I also used a General’s Sketch and Wash water soluble graphite pencil for a bit of depth in the eye and beak.   (I really like those pencils in particular just for sketching with Strathmore’s mixed media paper.   Lovely creamy feel to that pencil.)

I want to thank Kathy for her friendship and encouragement, and for helping me and many of the other artists here out with reference photos for Draw a Bird Day every month! So I’ll be featuring several of her photos this week.    I also want to thank my friends Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness for hosting January’s edition of Draw A Bird Day.   If you’d like your artwork to be included in the compilation this month, post a link to your work here.   We like to celebrate our winged friends on the eighth of every month!

Happy Monday, and just think…..the days are getting longer every time the sun rises and sets. Spring will be sprung before we know it! Peace and plumage to all.

37 thoughts on “Birdies in my Reader: 100 Face Challenge (#14)

  1. Oh Laura! It took me a moment to lift my jaw up off the floor and begin breathing again after I saw this one!!!! Holy Schmoly is it stunning! Oh Laura – really – the growth is phenomenal – you are soon going to have to give up the day job and be a full time artist! Truly Extraordinary!

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! Who do we talk to about getting you promoted? I want you to make the rules from now on. :)) I would love to become a professional full time artist! At this point, I’m all about the practice. We’ll see where it leads. One thing I know is I can’t seem to stop with these faces. Now I’ve settled on that, it’s become a big snowball just rolling faster and faster. It feels nice to have a focus and to feel like maybe it’s the right focus. Not worrying about medium at all anymore, just faces. Eyes! Thank you so much for your always encouraging words that make me feel like I could climb every mountain! (((((Jodi))))) 💛💛💛

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    1. Thanks so much, Charlie! Wow, I am so thrilled to read both of your comments in a row! You guys are making me feel like I’m flying around the room this morning! At this point, I’m just going to keep drawing faces and see what happens. I can’t seem to stop, so there’s that lol! 💜

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    1. I’m so glad you chimed in, and thanks for the follow! Your blog looks interesting, glad to follow you back! (Getting back into yoga was my New Year resolution.) I’m so glad you enjoyed the drawing! I really love birds, but am focusing on all kinds of faces now (and hopefully the entire year), including human ones. 🙂


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