Today’s post is something a bit different from what I’ve done so far.
I enjoy doodling and drawing as a past time and generally use the natural world as my inspiration. Four or five years ago in a Biology A-level lesson I started drawing animals in a new style. I reduced the whole animal to a few simple lines of various thickness. My depicting the outline and key features of an animal I hope to catch the essence of the animal without getting bogged down too much in detail.
Over the years I’ve drawn a wide range of animals in this style but they’ve all been drawn in black and white. After drawing a Greater Spotted Woodpecker this week I decided to try something a little different and add some colour.
This meant fishing out my paints which have been feeling abandoned in the back of the arts and craft cupboard and finding my sketchpad I use for watercolours as it’s thicker paper. I also found a few paintings I’d completely forgotten I’d done!
I did a quick background in watercolours then left it out to dry in the garden.
Once the background was dry it was time to start adding colour to the picture. I wasn’t really sure how this would work out as I couldn’t really imagine how it would look in colours. I decided to do it with the woodpecker as there’s a few different colours in it’s plumage that are pretty bold and I thought that that would work better than something like the hare, which would all be one colour.
I really like how it turned out. The background being fairly plain doesn’t distract the eye too much from the actual bird and the colours all turned out well. I may play around with this a little more and try it with a few other pictures. I drew a goldfinch yesterday and I think that could look quite striking in colour, especially it’s head and yellow on the wings.