Friday, 21 January 2011

More pencilled pictures

Reworked from a sketch made at New Forest Wildlife park.  I managed to find the only owl that wouldn't sit still.
 Black headed gulls dominate Riverside Park at Bitterne
 The blackbird was drawn from photos, very quickly to try and capture some of the character of the bird

 The grey wagtail was from a quick sketch at Riverside Park

 Tree creepers can often be seen in the woods in Manor Farm Country Park if you're observant enough

 The wood pigeon is the most frequent visitor to our garden
I've only seen wrens three times but these tiny birds always make an impression.

Friday, 7 January 2011

photoshopped coal tit

 I think I caught the personality quite well although yet again my colours are a little dark.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

House sparrow

Experienting with Photoshop again.  Thought I'd try my hand at a less colourful bird with a limited pallet again.
painted using black, brown and white and just varying the opacity.  Not sure I could replicate it if I had too but that's the joy of experimenting. 


Messing still with photoshop I came up with this.  Original pencil sketch coloured using one watercolour brush and the smudge tool. colours are possibly a little too dark but pleasing.

A flurry of activity

It's raining here and I'm sitting at the pc, looking out over the garden and watchingour regular visitors.  In the last ten minutes I've seen a wood pigeon, two blackbirds, a robin, a magpie and a blue tit.  I was under the impression our garden was pretty devoid of birds but I think now that maybe they just didn't register with me when I saw them and this blog is actually making me SEE them.

I've just scanned the pencil drawings for the next few birds and thought I'd show them off.

I've sharpened up the pencil work on the robin and redrawn the legs as originally the balance was off and I expected him to fall over.  It's still not perfect but at least he looks like he'll remain standing now.

The Wagtail was a plump little fellow I saw on the grass outside our front.  The wagtails I usually see around here are usually the grey wagtail and they're somewhat sleaker looking.  This guy was just cute though. 

Robin, an experiment

Having posted a scan of the pencilled robin I thought I'd try colouring it on Photoshop.  I struggle with Photoshop as a colouring tool mainly because I don't yet have the skills or knowledge to make it do what I want.  For me, at the moment, Photoshop is like watercolour, working more with lucky accidents than anything else.  Anyway here's the picture and I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out.  I'm hoping to watercolour the original later today and post it in the morning.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Just a word

This blog was started as somewhere to display my little drawings when they were finished.  The drawings were started in answer to my daughter's frequent question, "Daddy, what's that bird?".  The blog was also inspired by the wonderful book "How to be a bad bird spotter".

Most of my other artwork, comic strips, reviews and general ramblings can be found on my website Bangsholme
where you can see, among other delights, the invitation to my son's Dedication Ceremony, a whole slew of Viking drawings and another blog, 52 trees.  Do drop by if you find yourself here and like what you see.  Oh and do leave a coment or two if the fancy takes you.


A personal favourite of mine.  The Dunnock.  Small, non descript in shades of brown and a bluish grey chest and mask.  Yet full of charm.