I wanted to post a Coppersmith Barbet this month but it still has a few hours of colouring left so it will be next month’s bird. There is a large photograph of a colourful Coppersmith Barbet in the Audubon book ‘Bird – The Definitive Visual Guide’, which I thought would be a good challenge for my newly acquired 60 Polychromos colour pencils. The pencil set sat unused for a month and a half, intimidating me with its plethora of shades and freshly sawed wood smell. Today I started colouring the Barbet (which I sketched in graphite pencil last week) and boy was it fun to play with so many shades! But I didn’t want to rush, so back in time I went to find a bird (well two) for February the 8th.
The Northern Cardinal is a copy of a sketch on the cover of The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds. I gave myself a one hour time limit and actually stuck to it! I used a graphite pencil, a Faber-Castell Pitt pen, Crayola markers and Staedtler colour pencils. The background is Photoshopped.
Oh, the martian eyeball! For some reason, The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta has a photo of a Yellow-headed Blackbird with a few reddish and brownish streaks on its head. And I overemphasized them. And J suggested a martian eyeball. Which doesn’t come up when Googled. If you are curious, you need a small flashlight and a testicle. The Yellow-headed Blackbird was the last bird I drew with my 12 Staedtler colour pencils.