Draw a Bird Day – Flowers and feathers

Happy Draw-a-Bird Day!

I drew this hummingbird (based on a Golden-tailed Sapphire) with birds of paradise flowers back in February, when Edmonton had a week of -30 degree Celcius weather. Walking outside didn’t feel good, but the light for drawing was lovely: bright and crisp. I fudged the beak lines and my white gel pen fix is a bit botchy, but overall, I feel happy when I see the drawing, so I framed it!

I also added some exotic and colourful birds to my sketchbook (5.5 x 8 in) last month and posted these a few days ago on Instagram.


  1. The hummingbird really looks jeweled – I like the effect a lot, and also the way you kept the flowers in the background nice and soft. Good for you for framing it. Love the tanager, too. Happy weekend!


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