White-faced Ibis. This is another dark bird at a distance, but oh, SO many colors when you a good close look. I can’t wait to use those pinks, purples, deep greens and flashes of gold on this one. Try as I did however, there is no way to map the Fibonacci over this composition, but it sure looked like it for a while… I did a portrait of this species about three years ago, just before my show. I’m not looking at that portrait now, but when I’m done, it will be interesting to see if I’ve progressed.
I believe the Pacific Wren portrait in colored pencil is now complete. I love this bird, and it’s incredible song. We had a fantastic close encounter with one last week in Bodega. It became the inspiration for this drawing.
Completely redrawn… I believe this will turn out better. Feeling pretty good, but still worried.
Utter disaster. Proportions wrong, and the color is completely exaggerated… So unhappy with this round.
Pacific Wren (initial graphite study with notes to myself).
The finished Heermann’s Gull (juvenile) portrait in colored pencil.
After several weeks of not drawing, here is an evolution of the Heermann’s Gull. Much work still to do, especially on the coverts and back. Quick comparison to the reference photo has helped me resolve the bird’s overall balance.