This is the first drawing I’ve done that I like. It’s not perfect — if perfect is possible — but it looks pretty close to a real Bluebird and for once, it’s got a shape. It doesn’t look flat. I didn’t get the color precisely either, but I’m not sure anyone but nature could create such a wonderful color of blue.

It’s hard for me to figure out which one is the better color. Neither is exactly on target, but each one is pretty close.
I couldn’t go by the “white” of the page because the page is not white. It’s an off-white, almost a very pale sepia

I was thinking of adding some leaves to the branch, but I was afraid I’d ruin it, so I quit while I was ahead. I also need to practice drawing feet!

Categories: Anecdote, Arts, birds, bluebirds, Photography, Sketchbook

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14 replies

  1. They are both absolutely beautiful! Applause to you for using your artistic skills.


    • Thank you so much! I have been told that I need to just keep at it. So, that’s what I’m doing. And much to my surprise, I think I’m actually improving! I did a portrait (head only — I STILL can’t do feet!) of Duke which I’m going to post for tomorrow that pretty much looks like him. Again, not perfect, but not bad. Practice. Just like learning to play an instrument πŸ˜€

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  2. I’ve liked your other drawings, but can understand why you are happy with this – looks great!

    I’ve taken photos of artwork where no matter how much photoshopping I do, I can’t get the colors even close to how they are in real life. I guess pencil and paint will never go away…


    • I’m not sure some of those colors are possible, at least not with the tools we use. I used four different shades of blue and it’s sort of close, but I think there’s a hint of teal in there. And of course, the lack of luminescence makes a big difference. I also used three or four shades of orange — actually three in the “orange” range and one that was closer to peach — and while it’s not very far from the color, it’s not the same. Perhaps it would turn out to be closer using watercolors? Mixing watercolors (for me, anyway) seems to end up looking like some kind of mud. And my skill with a brush leaves a lot to be desired.

      Maybe that’s the difference between great artists and not-bad artists. My mother worked in oils and I remember her trying to get the colors right and never succeeding. She never stopped trying — but she also never got them quite the way she saw them in her head.

      I have to practice drawing FEET. At least the rest of the Bluebird looks like a Bluebird. Thank you for your input. it helps to hear from people who also draw/paint. I’m doing better than I thought I would, not as well as I HOPED I would. At least the birds are finally looking like birds and not bird cartoons. That’s a BIG improvement πŸ˜€

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  3. I like the bird.🌹


  4. a lovely drawing, Marilyn… you seem to have given it character too…


    • Thank you!! Finally, it really looks like a Bluebird. Not a perfect Bluebird, but a lot better than earlier drawings. Getting the colors exact is probably never going to happen. GREAT artists worked from pigments to create colors, often new colors and sometimes colors that no one has ever been able to reproduce. They didn’t work in pencils or over-the-counter water colors. I’m not that skilled with paints and I’m pretty sure that watercolors are not capable of the colors I want to reproduce.
      At least I’m having fun while trying to be better πŸ˜€


  5. This is amazing. I like the second photo with more vibrant colors.

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