Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ruddy Duck

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I received The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds as a gift. It is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to learn or improve on drawing birds. In addition to providing excellent instruction on how to approach drawing birds it covers their anatomy. As author John Muir Laws points out, “To draw feathers, you must understand how feathers grow, overlap, and insert into the body. To create the body, you must have an understanding of the bird’s skeletal structure.” I think this is an excellent point. When I want to draw a plant I learn about its form, how the leaves attach to the stem, how the petals attach to the corolla, etc.

After reading through the book I decided to start with the lesson on water fowl. As with most of the drawings in the book this one is not a finished piece, it is a sketch to capture the essential features and make sure proportions are correct. Rather than follow the book and use watercolor I added a bit of color with the brown shades of my Derwent Graphitint pencils.

Cheers! (or should I say quack!)

Kelli

Baby Squirrel

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Each year I draw or paint something for my husband for one of his Christmas gifts. This year inspiration came from one of my art books that had a painting of a baby squirrel. We have so much fun watching the squirrels in our yard it seemed like a fun way to remember this.

The piece was done entirely in colored pencil. Baby Eastern squirrels are more brown than gray so I incorporated a lot of warm tones in the fur. I also added some blue to the chest and tail to add depth. And, just in case you are wondering hubby loved it :)

Cheers!

Kelli

Winter Bird and Berries

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I’ve been working on several different pencil projects (nothing finished yet, when they are I’ll post them) so for something a little different I dug out my watercolor paints and brushes and had a go at a winter bird scene. It was a fun break and I’m pleased with the results.

Happy December!

Kelli