Speed Drawing: Little Blue Bird

Speed Drawing: Little Blue Bird

By Skeenee | Drawn by Skeenee | 22 Sep 2019

Hi! My daughter loves birds so I started drawing them more often. They are fun, easy to draw, and are a nice break from drawing skulls.

Here is a time-lapse of a little blue bird drawing inspired from a picture I found online. I usually use the picture as reference to draw my rough sketch and then improvise, break it down in attractive shapes, mess around with proportions and colors to make it more attractive. I am not even sure the original bird was blue or that it looked like the one in my drawing.

Copying reality never made it for me. I find that, as an artist, my purpose is to find the traits that are attractive & interesting in the subject I am drawing, and push those to the next level. I do admire hyper realistic drawings, but it´s just not my thing. I think they would drive me insane(r), I just do not have the patience for those.

Here is the time lapse.

I hope you enjoyed it, feel free to comment with some feedback so I can improve my content. I´ll be uploading more birds painting time-lapses on my YouTube channel if you guys appreciate that kind of stuff.

Here is a picture of the final result.

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As I said in my previous post I will try to give you some tips in each of my videos.

Material used:

Liquid Watercolors, in this drawing I decided to use liquid watercolors over the pan ones because I had already laid the shading with Sumi ink and was painting a color layer over that. I feel that the liquid ones give a better final result when painting over a black gradient.

Gilding/Gold Sheets, I don´t have a lot of experience with those, it´s a medium I just started experimenting with. The only thing i can recommend is to use gilding sheet over gilding flakes if you are working indoors. I made the mistake of testing the flakes indoors a few months ago and I still find find gold flakes everywhere today. The tutorials I found about gilding say that they are easier to handle, I disagree; or I have not figured it out yet. I dunno...

Gilding Paste, again, I am new to this so take my advise with caution. The only thing i can recommend is to let the glue rest for a good 15 min on the paper before applying the gold sheet, and to let it dry overnight before taking out the excess sheet.

The rest of the material is the same one I described in my previous post.

-Pen & Ink Fountain Pen

-Water Brush

-Kuretake Sumi Ink

-Masking Fluid

-Cold Press Arches Watercolor Paper 300g

Book recommendation:

Birds are easy to draw and you take a lot of creative freedom with them. But I feel there are a few things that need to be respected for them to look believable: the structure of the wings and the face.

A learned most of what I know about bird drawing by watching John Muir Laws tutorials. He is really passionate about birds and very good at breaking down their structure. I highly advise to read his book, The laws´s guide to drawing birds, as well if you wanna learn about bird drawing or bird anatomy. Great read!

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That´s it for today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Feel free to ask me any questions about drawing, and leave feedback on my work. I´ll try to answer them the best I can.

Have a nice day!



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