Bird art: Cedar waxwing

I finally got to drawing one of these pretty boys, based on a photo I took on July 8, 2023 at Tlahutum Regional Park.

If I touched it up, I’d probably adjust the background colours and spend a little more time on the branch. But it’s fine-ish.

A short time later, this alternate (updated?) version:

Or maybe the original green with the updated blue? I’m going to bed now. πŸ˜›

Bird art: Snow goose

It’s been a while since I did one of these, and I figured I should get one more in before the end of the year. It’s not perfect, but it’s snow goosey enough. Based on a photo I took at Iona Beach on October 22, 2023.

Experimenting with geese

I’ve now got it in my head that I want to do one or more cartoon with geese, because they intrigue me and horrify me in equal parts.

My first step was to do a bird drawing of a Canada goose, but in a more deliberate cartoon style. This is my initial attempt, which I’ll refine as I go along. I’m using the most obvious joke here, they’ll probably get weirder or more obscure if I do more.

Bird Art: Full gallery (so far)

I finally got off my lazy butt and collected all of my bird drawings in a single gallery, which I will update going forward.

Here’s a quick summary of the process:

  • Tools used: iPad Pro 12.9″ (2020), Apple Pencil, Procreate
  • I use a photo I’ve taken, usually one I don’t post because it’s slightly out of focus or otherwise flawed
  • I do a line drawing of the bird, then colour in after

The line part usually take a few minutes, the colouring can sometimes take an hour or more, depending on the complexity. I have trended toward getting more complex with the drawings, but will still try to throw some simpler ones in.

There are also a few drawings that don’t follow the above formula, like the cobra chicken, killdeer and squirrel, which is not actually a bird.

The gallery: