Monday 5 April 2010

Little Birds #2

Well, I was far from satisfied with my previous goldfinch and decided to try again, this time on drafting film. (Thanks for the suggestion Pauline). This time I think I have pulled it off. Each picture is so very small that it is difficult to get much detail, which is what I go for. I compared the two goldfinches and wondered what had happened to my judgement! The first one should have gone straight in the bin (where it is now). Both the robin and the goldfinch measure 2 x 3" and I used mostly Polychromos and a few Karisma pencils. They each took about 3 hours to do, speedy for me, but I didn't want to spend too much time on them. I will be doing a kingfisher next.

The reference photos were taken by David Longshaw, who kindly gave me permission to use them. Thanks David.


  1. These are beautiful, Bev. Such amazing detail in such a tiny picture. I love photographing birds but so far have only attempted drawing a couple. If you need any more reference pics please take a look at my Flickr photostream - look in the collection 'birds of the New Forest' - you are welcome to use any that you like. If it won't let you download let me know and I can send you a high res image.

  2. Thank you Karen. You have taken some beautiful photos. I find birds very difficult to photograph....they just wont sit still :) Thank you for offering them to me to use for references. I will definitely be doing so in the future.


Pencil on toned paper

Here are a couple of experiments using graphite pencil and white coloured pencil, plus a touch of white gel pen on grey paper. I am reasona...