Draw A Golden-Crowned Kinglet Day


Well, it is hard to tell, in black and white, that the little bird is a golden-crowned kinglet, but that is what it is. I have big dreams of painting it in colour some day, but I thought it would be fun to do a pencil drawing first. I used 140 lb cold press paper, a neat experiment which I’m not likely to repeat. I didn’t like all those bumps under my pencil! Another experiment, which I will repeat, was using pencils with different grades of graphite softness. 4B makes great darks!

The reference was a photo I took on January 3rd while walking with my sister at Wreck Beach. Vancouver had an unusually cold winter this year – lots of snow and sub-zero temperatures – but it was still wonderful to be on the beach on a sunny day.




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  1. The little Kinglet bird is an excellent graphite drawing! The sweet little bird is definitely a Kinglet with its tail markings well marked and the golden crown on its head. Kinglets are one of my favorite birds that appear in the fall. I have seen and heard them in the forest and along the road collecting the seeds after a wind storm. They appear not to be bothered by me when I walk within a foot from where they are located on the road. They seem to be unaware of danger; once in a while I will see a dead Kinglet on the road after being hit by a car.

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  2. Beautiful!!! And I had to giggle as soon as I read that you were at Wreck Beach…because, yes, I am so immature. πŸ˜‰ Yeah, cold pressed paper is too rough and not fun to draw on. Can’t wait to see it in color but it is gorgeous as is. You and your sis are adorable! ❀

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    1. :-D! Yeah, sometimes I like to walk on the beach with just binoculars and a fanny pack (j.k.). Thanks for your awesome compliments! Your recent drawing of the dog and toddler is adorable. It is so cool that you can draw from your imagination!

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      1. It’s a hit-and-miss thing when I draw from imagination. Occasionally, I’ll use a reference photo but I get too tight (which is great for doing fine art stuff, but I don’t want that for kid lit illustrating). πŸ™‚

        And, hey, at least no one would give you a second look at Wreck Beach if you walked around with nothing but fanny pack and binoculars. πŸ˜€

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        1. I know what you mean about the too-tight stuff for kid-lit. Kid-lit illustrations all tend to have a whimsical, imaginative quality. I’ve been trying to draw a fox lately (funny how hard it is to draw a facial landscape I’m totally unfamiliar with!) and foxes show up a lot in kid-lit, but none look like foxes exactly, but they are all clearly foxes and all have their own wonderful aesthetic quality.

          I don’t think anyone would mind my binoculars as long as I didn’t aim them in the direction of people. πŸ™‚

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  3. I so enjoyed this post, Myriam. I liked hearing about your brisk walk, seeing you with your sister, beautiful photos of your walk. And your artwork is truly fantastic. I liked seeing the kinglet model, and I really loved seeing the photo you skillfully created from the photo. Fantastic drawing!

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  4. I must admit that last time when I saw the post I was hurry and only looked pictures. And I really thought that the first picture is also photo, some kind of black and white photo with some cool filter. Thank goodness, I came back to read it properly and to discover that it’s really your drawing. Now I notice that there are no such blurry background like in other picture, but still…I don’t know enough words to express how good it is. Just WOW, Myriam!

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    1. Thank you so much for the spectacular compliment, Hanna! πŸ™‚ I had a bit of trouble finding the patience to draw all those cones, but I managed to convince myself that they were as important as the bird. So I learned to draw something new! I found the perspective for the cones that didn’t point straight down difficult, so one day I want to practice drawing real, 3-D cones from different angles.

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  5. Black and white (and either sketches) are my favourites i guess. Even if i like watercolor a lot !
    This one is great πŸ™‚ nice details. I can feel the fragility and the ephemeraliry that emerge from the scene.

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    1. I want to be able to paint with watercolours but I never seem to get around to practicing. I like the simplicity of a pencil. It is a wonderful way to notice shapes and tones. I like your interpretation of the drawing. I didn’t think of it that way but it is interesting to look at it now with that interpretation. Kinglets have such thin little legs! πŸ™‚

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