Happy New Year and Happy Draw-A-Bird Day!!! (The monthly version of Draw a Bird Day was yesterday, so I’m a bit late!)
This pen and ink drawing of a female Red-winged Blackbird snacking on a cattail was initially meant to be a doodlewash for May 2016’s #DoodlewashDinner. But I drew it on very smooth paper which I soon realized was not watercolour friendly.
I did draw a new bird drawing this weekend, my first act of drawing since last July. But I haven’t finished it yet, so it may show up as next month’s bird drawing.
Miss RWBB is from a photograph I took. From May until July, RWBBs are the most numerous birds at the Alberta Children’s Hospital pond (not the actual name of the pond, but it has no name and the children’s hospital is the closest conspicuous human structure). Female blackbirds do sing occasionally, but nowhere near as often as the males. About 40 males come to this pond in the spring to reproduce and their polyphonic calls fill the air around the pond during daylight hours.
Miss RWBB was eating in the shade so I converted her photograph to a monochromatic version before drawing her. From this drawing, I learned that shadows can be tricky to draw, especially when only drawing with one colour. I didn’t particularly notice the shadow beneath the bird in the photograph. But when I started drawing it, I found its shape decidedly horrible. So I tried to fix it by making it way bigger… and now the shadow looks like a black hole, not a Hitler moustache. A wee improvement I think…