Mute Swan

I recently got a couple of books to learn more about layering colors and general painting tips. I very quickly and roughly drew out an example from Painting Wildlife Step by Step by Rod Lawrence. It wasn’t a perfect sketch but I wanted to dive in and test layering color, here is what I ended up with. My example is on the left and the book example on the right. I learnt quite a bit and I hope to test some more from this book.

A Mute Swan bill in watercolor

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What am I?

A little bit of fun here for any birdwatchers, can you work out what the 4 birds are that I have sketched??

Guess the birds

Guess the birds from the sketch

Each bird has a number, just write a comment, list numbers 1 to 4 and what bird (example: 1. Chicken, 2. Turkey etc…)

It’s just for fun so write away!

Sketches – quick and slow..

Been basically trying to get a grasp on drawing birds, both quick and slow, learning shapes, postures, positions etc..

Sketch of Common Pochard

Bean Goose, I feel the body is a bit short but other than that I like it.

A Green Sandpiper - from photo

I’m going to start drawing up waders ready for Spring, I had trouble last year picking off the waders, even from my photos. Hope to change that this year.

Northern Wheatear feather study

Furthering my learning I decided to do a quick feather study instead of a full bird from a photo I took last summer, a juvenile Northern Wheatear at Hjälstaviken.

Just done an standard budget A4 print paper, I know I should be using watercolor paper but I’m saving money and just practicing on normal print paper for now, when I feel comfortable enough on a subject I will “do it for real”.

Quick sketch this time to lay out some guides, I miss judged the angles again but adjusted the photo of my painting and superimposed it on the original, it’s pretty accurate and to scale so I’m rather pleased.

Left: Original painting
Top right:  Superimposed painting + photo
Bottom right: Original photo

Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear wing feather study watercolor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still learning and would love to hear any comments about this, constructive criticism, tips or just your thoughts.

Next step – learning some feather names and maybe a head sketch + painting