Saturday, September 28, 2013

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Here are some pages from my pocket sketchbook. This go around is all about the Eastern Phoebe. A super adorable tiny large headed grey bird that I see around these parts every now and then. The look incredibly similar to the Eastern Wood Pewee (adorable name). One of the ways to tell them apart is the fact that Phoebe flicks his tail up and down when perched while the Pewee does not. I had a lot of fun working this guy out on paper. Enjoy!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Here are some watercolors from the week of a bird I saw for the first time this year. My usual process for the bird illustration project I'm working on involves 3 parts. 

1. I have to see the bird with my own eyes in the wild 
2. Draw or paint the bird as it appears (I usually end up using a mix of photo reference and field sketches) 
3. Have fun making up my own interpretation of the bird. I just go for the overall impression and personality of the little guys and gals. 

It really is a lot of fun remembering where I was and looking back on old notes when I draw and paint these. A lot of great memories plus it makes me eager to get out and peep some more. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013


From this months sketch group at work. The theme was B-Movie Monsters. Came up with this leechy sucka!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pocket Sketchbook Sketches

Some quickies from my favorite sketchbook to lug around. A mix of sketches from the zoo, camping, and hiking. They're from my tiny pocket sized Moleskine watercolor notebook. 3.5 x 5.5 inches. I love the size and the paper can really take a beating. I even accidentally had half a hydration bag of water dumped on the thing and after letting it dry for a bit it's as good as new.