I needed a new pencil. Shopper’s Drug Mart had a 24-pack of wooden pencils and a 5-pack of mechanical ones. I couldn’t decide which I preferred. After a 5 minute deadlock, I got both, since each set was only $3. After that extravagant decision, I saw the box of 50 Crayola markers on sale for $8 and grabbed it too.
I copied the Yellow Rumped Warblers from a drawing in the John Muir Laws book. For the first version, I used colored pencils and tried to stick with life-like colors. The second drawing was my first opportunity to try my fresh set of 50 markers. My initial intention was to go with life-like colors but the lightest shade of grey turned out to be quite dark and so I decided to use some light green instead. Then green needed a perky friend: a few whimsical dashes of orange! The grey background (à la Photoshop) was J’s idea, a dapper change from bright, bright white.
Yellow Rumped Warblers are the warblers I see most often in Calgary. I haven’t seen any lately so I think they’ve migrated away for the winter. One of these days, I’ll pick my favourite photos and post them. They are called butter butts because of the yellow patch on their rump (not visible in the drawings).
Thanks to everyone who drew a bird for Draw a Bird Day. Such a treat to see all your birds in my WordPress Reader! Laura at Create Art Everyday started this monthly feathered fun after M.R. Emberson at A-wing and A-way wrote a post about the official yearly Draw a Bird Day on April 8th. Check out Laura’s blog in the next few weeks to find out who else participated.