I love to walk at Ft Benjamin Harrison State Park, belong to several nature and conservation organizations and love all parts of our natural environment – animals, flowers, trees, BIRDS. Recently I found a fascinating photo of the red cockaded woodpeckers that live in the long needle pine forests in the American South. They are black and brown but their markings make them quite beautiful and believe it or not they have only a tiny strip of red on the side of the head. I thought this might be a good project to try to work out with my trusty gray markers. The photo was my starting point but I heavily modified the composition and used my Birding Guide to understand anatomy and markings. The sketch became a drawing so I will probably not paint it. I really like the effects you can achieve with these markers.
June 14, 2010 June 14, 2010