When I was at the pet shop yesterday I took pics of the birds. I wanted to try my hand at drawing them so I have something else for my portfolio. Well, here it is. And I discovered I really dislike drawing bird feet. I hate these! I could barely see them in the crappy pic I took, so they are way too cartoon-like for the rest of the picture. Learning curve…
Super – you should try Wazeau’s bronze wing at some stage. He’s a handsome chappie.
BTW, it’s a good idea! 🙂 He’s a very pretty bird!
I was thinking of him- without ever seeing a photo!- when I gave Lovebird a go 🙂
You can draw better than me. 😉
We need to have a chat about what I do compared to what YOU do 🙂 Do you have my email?
I do love the colors you’ve chosen here. His feet are a bit tiny but you’ve got the head and the expressive eyes wonderfully done.
I know! It really irritated me, I only had a grey blur to work with, and I’ve not had a bird up close in my life since the mid-90’s. I feel I let him down 🙂 He? was a bad pic quickly taken on my iPad (terrible camera) and I had to super-zoom to get even this much. I thought a bird would be hard to do, a challenge – but I was more concerned about facial expression. Glad to hear I managed it okay.
You’ve got the parrot attitude down pat! Just remember with parrots its two toes forward two toes back.
I hope you don’t mind but I’ve saved your picture (as well as the purple cat) to add to my desktop backgrounds. I love your style.
Ah, see, I got lazy didn’t I. I think I’ll fix him up right, it’s no good to be missing toes! Thank you, that’s quite a compliment.
I LOVE him! Feeties and all! Not too cartoony to me, but fit in with the flat colour style of him. Can’t wait to see more!
Bollocks 🙂 The feet are… Just wrong. I like to work fast, and nothing I did made it better. I’m happy to know another thing I need to work on, though.
I was just going to say – what about fish and then I read your final phrase 😀
I like the bird a lot! I can imagine how much you hated painting the feet. I showed the bird to my husband, he said the feet are just fine 🙂 It’s not like he’s a painter but he doesn’t hesitate to criticize when he thinks something is not OK. So here you go, two opinions from us – the bird is great!
I’m not a painter either; I’ve just found a way to create that suits me so very well. Thanks to Mr A for the compliment! I know I rarely share my blogging freinds’ photos with mine, so I know you wanted to see what he thought 🙂 Thank you!
hide the feet behind foliage until the learning curve eases!
There wasn’t any, just the stick! I tried to bring the feathers down, as if he was warming his tootsies, but the body shape was all wrong. So, suffer I did, and gritted my teeth and put him up for discourse 🙂
you have to use PRETEND foliage!
Didn’t think of that…
Bird is excellent: bold and brave – fearless. unashamed. daring anyone to say something. Great expression and body posture….The feet just show you worried over them….like I did with drawing hands sometimes (which ended up clawlike – ugh – the more you work, the worse) The grey doesn’t have the depth / bold intensity of the other colors, the lines/shapes not strikingly bold conviction. How about just sticking boots on him? He’s really a dynamic little guy – he might pull it off. Seriously, you’re an artist. don’t worry over this one, OK? Promise?
The good thing about digital art! I can change it whenever I want. Perhaps I should try black feet instead of grey, and make the branch darker so they get lost 🙂 I LOVE the idea of boots, he does look like he’d enjoy a pair!
I love the animals you’ve been creating. The bold colors and lines. They’d be lovely in a children’s book or on posters or large pieces of art for the wall. Lots of potential.
Thank you! I don’t know much about kids, but I’d love to try 🙂