Brandt’s Cormorant portrait in colored pencil, completed. Surprising little black used in this apparently black bird. Lots of grays, browns and whites….
Preliminary lines for a Brandt’s Cormorant portrait. It’s another bird without much color—maybe a little brown, buff and blue when it’s all done… This one is especially fitting after recent pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay and Monterey Bay.
Just playing around with the Brandt’s Cormorant head and neck.
The Guadalupe Murrelet doesn’t look blue now.
The Guadalupe Murrelet portrait in No.2 pencil progresses… Perhaps it’s done, I don’t really know—the tolerances are so small with these small seabirds that even a small error means it won’t be recognized, and that is my primary goal, to be accurate. I like the water effect, however.
Initial lines. Much more work to come, but very little color…
The tiny Guadalupe Murrelet was only recognized as a species. Formerly it was lumped with the more common Scripp’s Murrelet within the now defunct Xantu’s Murrelet name. Thankfully, researchers were able to identify this rare species as distinct. Now its survival on the tiny islands on the west coast of Baja California can be addressed. Surprisingly, we can see this bird in Northern California, but only during very warm water conditions, such as those we’ve been seeing recently. I saw this bird two days ago on a pelagic birding tour out of Half Moon Bay. This drawing is based on my friend Caroline Lambert’s incredible shot of this rare bird.
I think the Blue-footed Booby is done. I attempted to show it on “Sugarloaf” the guano-covered cliff on Southeast Farallon where I saw it a couple weeks ago. Many reference photos when into the creation of this portrait, hopefully it works. On to the next project…