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.

Blackburnian Warbler 5

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


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…