Today I attempted some gesture drawing from an episode of The Life of Birds. As I reached the end of Planet Earth II last year I realised I really should have had my sketchbook out. It’s good training for cafe gesture drawing, which I’m normally pretty hopeless at. As soon as people or animals are actually moving my drawing speed seems to slow down.

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I stuck my headphones in and ended up listening to the episode too, which was perhaps a mistake – I was definitely distracted at points. But it was fascinating learning more about the birds, particularly the New Zealand birds. I liked drawing the Kiwi but it was the flightless parrot, the Kakapo, which was my favourite. I especially like how the males inflate like a balloon in order to make their calls travel further.

After the episode had finished I looked up a few images online and did a slightly more detailed study of a Kakapo.

I had great fun but I think I need to work at drawing birds in flight, and practice colour more – I’ve been drawing in black and white so much I’m a bit rusty.

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Bird Animation – Development

For a while I’ve been scribbling down ideas for this bird project. This weekend I began to do some more research into the location and character design. Here are some of my sketchbook pages!03 01 02These were all sketched using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens by Kuretake. I like how they give a good variation in line. They’re quite a recent purchase but I already prefer them to the Zig Art & Graphic Twin pens I used before, which have a foam tip instead of a brush.

Blast from the Past

I have been clearing out my room (this seems to be a permanent occupation) and recycling old schoolwork, university work, articles, and old drawings and stories by me that just aren’t worth keeping anymore. While doing that, I found these:Peter copy Peter, my family’s first budgie.

OliverTwist copyOliver and Twist were our third and fourth budgies (of many more … ) and were brothers.

Most of my drawings from high school art are not great; I was very timid with mark-making. However, about ten years ago I had my first life drawing classes and my drawing rapidly improved. Then for some reason I gave up art as a subject, and then pretty much stopped drawing entirely for four years. These drawings were not done after that period, and I’m almost certain they wouldn’t have been drawn within that time. I think, then, that these were sketched from photographs during the time I was taking life drawing classes at school. There’s a confidence in the lines that I think I’ve only gained back recently – what a shame! I’d be pleased if I drew these now!

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