Gray Catbird 1

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Starting on a new portrait from Michigan and Massachusetts—Gray Catbird. It’s one of our favorites from the trip, despite the fact that it is not very colorful. It’s a simple formula of flat iron gray, black and a small amount of rufous… but pretty damn cool regardless. I’ll add color after I refine the composition.

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Blackburnian Warbler 5

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Blackburnian Warbler portrait in colored pencil is done. One thing remaining… a NEW name for this bird. “Blackburnian” is definitely cool, but I’m thinking it doesn’t really capture the incredible beauty of this animal—at least for me. I’m proposing three other names, you can suggest your own as well.
 
1. Flame-faced Warbler
 
2. Mercurochrome-colored Warbler
 
3. Fucking AWESOME-faced Warbler

Bobolink 4

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Bobolink territorial display flight, done. I don’t feel like adding color… I’m liking the pure heavy graphite, and all its smudginess. So odd. One of my favorite birds from our trip to Michigan and Massachusetts, and suddenly, I don’t feel like using any colors at all. Maybe it’s the news…