January 8, 2014

Life drawing birds.

I flipped open my sketchbooks in the Paper app and found these drawings. It's bone-chilling freeze-your-face-off January outside so naturally my mind drifted easily back to summer when the sparrows were hanging out in the garden.

I liked to watch them in the trees and grapevines near the pergola.

Birds are always moving, so they're hard to capture. I suppose that's the point if you are a bird.

I wait until a sparrow hits a pose I like, and I let it imprint in my minds eye, holding it there for a few seconds while I lay down the drawing.

I guess I'm not so much drawing what I see, as drawing what I've just seen.

Sometimes I don't even look down at my drawing, even if the bird has flown away. I'm still staring at the picture in my head.

When I'm happy with the silhouette, I add the details. It's important not to spend too much time or it loses its spontaneous quality.

You'd be surprised at how few lines make a bird.

So I'm watching the sparrows.

But I think they're watching me too.


  1. This is the first time I've been lucky enough to find your website. Your drawings are wonderful and lifted my spirits in the midst of all this cold weather.

    1. I'm so glad you told me that. Thank-you! Your comment made my day :D

  2. I love these JC! Sparrows are one of my favorite birds and you captured them so beautifully. I hope you printed and framed your sketches, they would make a sweet collection to hang.

    1. I'll look into it, maybe a limited edition print or sumink.

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  4. so beautiful! i want them! xx

  5. Just gorgeous. Love the shading.


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