About Matthew Dodder

I've been an avid birder since 1977. After years of thinking about it, I finally began to sketch the birds I see from life. Progress has been slow, but very rewarding, and I think the exercise has improved my observation skills.

Northern Pygmy-Owl 6

06

The Northern Pygmy-Owl was looking a little pock-marked in places. So I used the colorless blender to smooth out those areas. It ends up looking a little less pencil-y and perhaps more lifelike… but some areas became darker than anticipated. Still, I like it, and it’s time to send it off to the world.