Little brown bird in watercolour and brush pen
Hi there, how are you?
This week we have a little bit of colour whooot!
At the zoo recently we have been checking out the walk-in aviaries. In the Bali aviary we saw two little brown birds; I did check the board for the name and forgot to write it down, senior moment! (I’ll edit when I find out).
One of the birds had found a grasshopper in the weeds and as he attempted to eat it the grasshopper tried to hop off. The bird was having none of this and after putting his foot on top of the poor insect carefully nipped off the wings with his beak, then to make sure his dinner stayed put, one by one snipped off each leg. Happy to say I wasn’t eating anything myself at the time, ooof.
I took lots of photos of the birds in many positions (not of the dissection, just the bird) and decided to draw him when I got home.
I’ve used different mediums, water colour, brush pen, pencil even watercolour pencils in places, just having fun and relaxing.
Top image: Brush pen and watercolour – I really liked the effect the brush pen overlapping gives an impression of the feathers.
Below: Brush pen and graphite pencil – this was a quick experiment to see how it looked. Meh!
Little brown bird in pencil and brush pen
Watercolour – it was hard to get a decent black but it’s close enough for a sketch
Little brown bird in watercolour
Watercolour and watercolour pencils – the watercolour looked a bit washed n this one so I used some watercolour pencils to bring back a few details in the feathers. I like it much better now.
Little brown bird in watercolour pencil
Graphite pencil. – Just practicing with the pencils so I don’t lose what I’ve learned over the past few weeks. The sparrow I drew last week was drawn on an A4 piece and this little guy is much smaller so it’s harder to get a lot of detail.
Little brown bird in graphite pencil
It was a lot of fun drawing these birdies and with any luck we’ll see them again next time, preferably without the grasshopper.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x
Edit: The birds are called Chestnut backed thrushes, its always nice to get the name right.