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. 😊

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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. 😊

Goldfish

Goldfish by Q. Rumbley

I got this little goldfish all finished and ready for a new home. The fins were a bit tedious. From a distance it may look as though those are lines I drew for the fins but rather they are rows of dots. Trying to keep those dots as straight as possible so that they would look like lines was a challenge that I’m so glad to be finished with. This drawing actually turned out better than I thought so I’m content with the finished piece. 😌

Keeping With This Aquatic Theme

First Humpback whales and now fish. I’m keeping with this aquatic and marine theme that was started with my last drawing. Since it’s been a minute since I did an art card I decided for my next one I’d ink up a Butterfly Telescope Eye goldfish. Now there was a time when I used to want a tank of beautiful fish, this being one of them but I always had a cat and figured that probably wouldn’t be a good combination of pets. You can probably image the horror I might encounter. So drawing fishes is probably safer.