Draw A Bird Day – Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Happy Draw-A-Bird-Day! Thanks to Tony LePrieur for permission to use his photo of a male Audubon subspecies Yellow-rumped Warbler as a reference. The photo was published in a Birds Calgary blog post titled Birds of Bridlewood and Carburn Park. As Bob Lefebvre noted, the other subspecies, Myrtle, is more commonly seen in Calgary. I saw many in juvenile plumage but only two adult males in breeding plumage, which I only succeeded in photographing in parts, as they darted through leafy bushes. I’ve glimpsed a few male Myrtles in Edmonton too. They breed here. And right now, a few of them are singing way up high in the tree tops. Male Myrtles have white throats while male Audubons have yellow throats.

My actual drawing is of a non-existent Orange-rumped Warbler. I accidentally discovered that two layers of medium yellow marker (Crayola) look almost orange. And then I made the almost-orange definitely orange by streaking it through with light orange. To make the orange turn yellow, I used Photoshop to “suck out” the reddishness.

My fun, little challenge while drawing this bird was to draw it without a grid or ruler. Instead, I did a series of sketches until I had a better sense of how the body parts fit together: their relative positions and lengths, and the approximate slopes of the different lines. I found it hard to do with a horizontal drawing surface and vertical reference (my laptop screen) because the viewing perspectives are different. But it was fun to play with drawing without measurements.

View All

14 Comments

  1. Superbe ! Le rendu final est très chouette et c’est une bonne idée de montrer l’évolution au fur et à mesure ! Et tu arrives à faire trois fois le même dessin sur la même feuille, je crois bien que j’en suis incapable ! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    1. Merci! 🙂 Trois fois le même sujet sur la même page c’était une première pour moi. Ça m’a aidé à déssiner plus “sketch” et mémoriser un peu le look “petit oiseau sur branche”.

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply

      1. En tout cas, très réussi ! 😉

        Like

        Reply

  2. Beautiful myriam!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  3. “Orange-rumped Warbler”…hahaha! You’re hilarious! You ended up with a splendid piece…I love it! 💛 Thanks for not calling it “butterbutt.” That drives my son nuts. LOL!

    I’ve never drawn with a grid before though that’s what my dad had tried to teach me back when I was a teen. I should try it!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    1. Oh, I could have called it orangecheesebutt! Not cool. I like the yellow heart! 🙂

      Your quick drawings have awesome proportions. But if you ever do have trouble with proportions (maybe one of your nemesis animal drawings?) or if you want to draw something really big from a small reference, grids are awesome. The only unfortunate thing about them is that they need to be erased… which is not so awful. And for a detailed area, like a face, you can make a smaller grid within the main grid! Did your dad draw and paint?

      I love your otter illustration! (I think it is an otter… I don’t know otters or seals or sea lions very well.) Is it barking up the wrong algae?

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply

      1. Orangecheesebutt…hahaha! I think you should submit a name change request to the committee that names birds. 😉

        My dad dabbled and painting and drawing…mostly he did Chinese ink painting. He was pretty good but he was always too chicken (I think) to take it to the next level (or maybe too busy holding down two jobs) and try to exhibit or sell his work. It’s too bad.

        Thanks! It’s a sea lion because it’s supposed to be barking up the wrong “tree”. 😉 But I don’t really know the difference between seals and sea lions either. I looked it up a few months ago for another reason but promptly forgot. My pathetic excuse for a memory…LOL!

        Like

        Reply

  4. This little warbler has great presence and immediacy. There’s a stitched look to the drawing that I find very appealing, too. The way you tacked it this time – by sketching out how the body parts relate to one another – makes a lot of sense, and clearly, it worked – I don’t see any body parts that are off balance! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    1. Lol! I’m glad you didn’t find any out of balance body parts. I like your “stitched” observation. I didn’t notice that but now I do. Interesting! The different patterns do kind of come together like a quilt. And the dots and lines look a bit like thread. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s