I finished another drawing using Grafix Duralar drafting film and Neocolor I crayons, this one our two horses grazing. Pete and Banner are close friends. Banner’s the leader, and Pete’s never far behind.
I left out the background other than a few splotches of color because I’m being a little dramatic but I’m also just beginning to experiment with backgrounds on drafting film.
I also finished this hummingbird, which is the final bird in the Three Little Birds series by the Virtual Instructor. He used Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils, which I have, but the only black paper I have is Canson drawing paper, not a great choice. I couldn’t layer enough so left it about half finished with very little definition, especially on the back and tail. Oh, well. I really enjoyed the series and learned so much about color choice, layering, and process. I carried this over to multiple projects already. Now, I need to decide which course to take next. Maybe pen and ink?
This is my second completed drawing using drafting film. Gracie, our Cockatiel, is such a sweet bird, so I tried capturing her image. It’s difficult to obtain a likeness, but we share a space, so she’s always there if I need to take a closer look.
I used diluted Ampersand ink on the reverse side to create the sky and trees. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s permanent.
This drawing sped right along. I’m completing these drafting film drawings very quickly which isn’t a goal, just something I’ve noticed.
I followed along to a tutorial by the virtual instructor, Matt Fussell, to draw this Kingfisher in colored pencil. I think it was the first time I totally focused on creating a finished-looking colored pencil portrait, and I’m really pleased with it.
As always, I struggle with perspective. My bird has a few issues, but I won’t dwell.
I used Strathmore 500 Bristol and a variety of colored pencils, mostly Caran d’ache and Derwent. He used Prismacolor, and the few I have are nearly gone. The course is called Three Little Birds, and there’s also a Bluejay and a hummingbird.
I’m continuing my endeavor of sketching all 47 birds in the book Identify and Draw North American Birds. I’m swapping between Caran D’ache Luminance and Derwent Drawing Pencils. The Derwent pencils don’t have many bright colors, but the birds often call for vivid reds, blues, and greens, so I often reach for the luminous Luminance.
Honestly, I’m not spending much time with these birds. Each one is about a thirty-minute sketch. I’m finding that the paper isn’t allowing for very many layers, maybe three, so I tend to call it quits without adding in that final layer of detail.
My goals are more about basic shape, proportion, and color. That and drawing 47.