Lovebird has been Brushed!


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…

Sure hope the goldfish will be easier πŸ™‚

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    • 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 πŸ™‚ 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.

  1. I was just going to say – what about fish and then I read your final phrase πŸ˜€

    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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  2. 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 πŸ™‚ I LOVE the idea of boots, he does look like he’d enjoy a pair!

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