Crested guinea fowl profiles
Hi there, how are you?
I am fascinated by guinea fowl. I’ve seen different types, some have little bony bits on their heads in different shapes and styles.
The guinea fowl I like best though are the birds at the zoo. They look like they are walking around in little smoking jackets with their cravats high around their necks and the most amazing hairstyles.
I drew a few scrappy doodles whilst there (not shown) and used these as reference for some drawings once home.
I drew a couple of profiles; it’s their little heads that interest me most after all, then a full bird.
Crested guinea fowl
When they are foraging for food they bend down like most birds, even when they run their bodies are pretty horizontal but when they walk around they stand upright and seem quite aristocratic, looking down their beaks at all the other birds. They really are quite comical.
I’ve been a bit experimental this week, I tried to paint them straight to paper, no pencil line first, they are fast gesture studies and fun to paint.
I used a white gellyroll pen for the spots.
The middle bird sitting on the right was very satisfying, as the brush skipped over the page and the spots almost painted themselves. Legs and feet need work though, next time I see them those are parts I need to spend more time observing.
Crested guinea fowl quick studies
I’d seen a lady on youtube (I forgot the name) she was making collages of little birds on a sketchbook page, it looked interesting so I thought I would have a go myself using the guinea fowl as models. It’s not something I’ve done before (not since school many many years ago) and it was a very interesting process. The hardest thing for me was to not make them too realistic.
Crested guinea fowl collage
I may try this again sometime and experiment more, one way to use up the scraps I’ve been hoarding hehehe.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x