Oooh…look! A Pine Siskin at Kelly’s house!
So yesterday, after completing my second day of backyard bird counting, I grabbed my colored pencils and drew one.
I always begin my paintings or drawings
with a very light pencil sketch.
Since I’m using colored pencils for
this study, the next thing I do is map
in the darks. I leave the whitest areas blank
(just like with a watercolor).
Then I start layering in color
(again, pretty much like a watercolor).
Finally, I start burnishing and
adding finishing touches.
Yes, I promise I won’t count this Pine Siskin in the Great Backyard Bird Count going on this weekend!
…I bet I’m going to have to draw that Common Redpoll and the Rufous-sided (I mean Eastern) Towhee also because they certainly aren’t flocking to my yard now!