Saw-whet Owl (Draw a Bird Day!)

Saw-whet Owl, 3.6.16

Saw-whet Owl, 3.6.16

Happy Draw a Bird Day! I’m so happy I made it! This month I chose to kill two birds with one stone (pardon the expression) & drew an owl – specifically a saw-whet owl – at the suggestion of a friend who likes owls, so I managed to also cross another animal request off my list.

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Finished cat with an itch

Cat with an itch, 3.2.16

Cat with an itch, 3.2.16

I feel like I’m on a roll, here! That’s three posts in one week – I haven’t done that in quite some time! I’ll do my best to keep it up.

Here is the finished cat drawing from yesterday. I’m glad I went ahead & finished it, & I’m also glad I have a record of the unfinished drawing.

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Recent drawings from a butterfly conservatory

Poison Dart Frog, 1.17.16

Poison Dart Frog, 1.17.16

A couple weeks ago I met up with a sketching group in my area at a butterfly conservatory. It was a good experience, to get out & draw with other people! I never do that. I get super self-conscious, not just showing my drawings to people who have quite a bit more experience than me, but also drawing in a relatively crowded area. But it’s good for me.

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Nupastel animals (WIP)… and a watercolor attempt

Springbok Nupastel (WIP), 1.11.16

Springbok Nupastel (WIP), 1.11.16

Hello & welcome to some of my very first attempts at drawing with pastels! Isn’t acquiring new art supplies both exciting, invigorating, & intimidating all at the same time? Yes, I think so!

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks, but also recently got a few other things: a small set of Prismacolor Nupastels (they are so beautiful when they’re brand new), Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, and Prismacolor Markers (I’m sensing a theme here). I’ve hardly touched the markers & haven’t opened the pencils yet, but cracked open the pastels the other day. Apparently these are harder than your traditional pastels – I’ve only used the waxy & chalky variety of pastels a few times, but I do notice a difference.

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Hummingbird in ink

Hummingbird in ink, 12.25.15

Hummingbird in ink, 12.25.15

Hoo boy… Well, it’s a new year, & time for new goals. One of mine is to get back to regularly posting on here again. A minimum of three posts a week – I can do that, right? Yes I can! I’ve been quite a bit more active with music lately, hence the lack of posting here. However, I really really miss posting here on a regular basis & seeing everyone else’s artwork!

For Christmas, I was given a lovely set of Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks. They are really fun, and the black ink is so incredibly satisfying, so black & glossy, I still can’t get over it. This is the first thing I tried with the set – a hummingbird.

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