For The Long Haul

“Scarlet Macaw” (wip)

Originally I had planned to just do the head of this Macaw in red and use my artistic license to do the feathers in black. But as I was finishing up the head portion, I just said, “Oh what the hell, keep going with the red.” It’s more work to stipple in color, especially when you want those colors to look vibrant. A lot of layering is involved but so far so good. Unfortunately though, this piece will probably take longer to complete than I’m used to. This will definitely be a test of my patience but I’m in it for the long haul. 😊

First Layer Of Scarlet

When it comes to stippling in color, red and it’s various hues are the only other colors I really enjoy working with. Although I have done a number of other pieces using different colors, I admittedly have a preference for simple black ink. But with this drawing I’m opting to throw in my other favorite inking hue.

I’m just getting started on the first layer which will give me a base tone and then I’ll work in the shadows along with fleshing out some highlights where needed. I plan on doing just the head in red with the body being inked in black. So far things are looking pretty good. 😀

Colorful Plumage

So I’m up and going with a new piece. While I was working on Goldfish, I had it already set in my mind that my next drawing would be a Macaw parrot. I like Macaws for their bright and colorful plumage and because of that I will probably add in a splash of color to set this piece off from my usual inking in all black. I did a little research on these beautiful creatures and discovered that they can live up to 50 years of age. I’ve been a cat owner for all my life, so I’m more accustomed to animals living up to possibly 20 years but no more, so reading about the Macaws longevity was a bit amazing to me. If I was into owning birds as a pet, I would probably get one. But although I like birds, I just don’t feel quite comfortable with owning one. Some animals I just feel are more beautiful when they are free. 😊

Background Noise Or Silence?

I haven’t come up with anything specific to draw for my next piece just yet, so I’ve been spending some time just messing around in my sketchbook. This little sketch came together as I was watching this movie called “Apostle”, which isn’t the kind of movie that would inspire thoughts of flowers and birds but hey, I’m not complaining, I’m just happy to have a halfway decent idea come together. But I’ve recently noticed that I’m watching more movies and tv shows now when I draw rather than listening to music which is an interesting shift for me. For me music was always my gateway to the imagination but it is also how I always end up spending more time daydreaming rather than drawing. Movies don’t seem to do that to me. As I’m drawing I may look up and watch a couple of scenes here and there but for the most part it just serves as background noise for me. Sometimes I prefer silence but lately I like to have something going on in the background, even if it’s just the hum of a fan.
When you’re in an artistic mood and feel like creating, what do you like to have going on in the background or do you just prefer silence? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. 😊

Thinking Of Doves

If you’ve been with me for a while, then you’re aware that things with wings, particularly birds, are one of my favorite subjects to draw. Lately I’ve been tossing around the idea of doing something with doves, so last night I got to sketching out some thoughts for my next piece. I’m just in the preliminary stages of this so nothing is final. This piece will be a bit larger than my art card drawings, probably about 5×7, so I’ll be working on it for a while. But I’m excited and looking forward to inking it, although, I wish there was a way I could just take the image from my mind and just place it on the paper. Trying to get something from my mind, to my hand, to the pen and on to paper can feel rather laborious at times.