Category Archives: birds

sequence of graphite drawing: pelican in flight

pelicans-1

This is the contour drawing transferred onto Strathmore 500 series 2 ply bristle velum surface.

pelicans-2

The next step was to establish all the tonal values with a relatively medium-hard grade graphite, in this case a Staedtler Mars # H.

pelicans-3

This is the finished drawing after the darkest tones were refined using a softer/darker grade graphite, a #HB and #2B blended and smoothed with the #H

inktense on claybord

sng sparrow inktense claybrd_20140630_0001

I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense  are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.