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Birdie warm-up sketches [part: 2]

Hello folks, I’ve been sketching away again this week, doing more little bird warm-up sketches.

I wanted to try a few different ways of drawing the birdies and get a feel for the direction I wanted to take when painting/drawing in neat – which I will make a start on this following week (exciting).  As some of you will know, I love little birdies, and I’ve really enjoyed drawing the sketches so far.  I’m a little scared about starting the final drawings – but in a good way!

Bearded tit illustration by Sarah Papworth

This is a Bearded-tit, I drew him at the beginning of the week.  I like his friendly face and little smile.  Although I liked the sketches from the week before, I wanted to try using the fine-liner pens to add more colour and texture through their mark making – and perhaps to be a bit more stylised.

Sparrow illustration by Sarah Papworth

Here’s a little Sparrow, here I’ve used the watercolours but then used the pen on top.  I don’t have much to say about him, I like him, but prefer others more, (sorry Mr Sparrow)!

Blue tit illustration by Sarah Papworth

I knew I would be drawing a Blue-tit in this series, so I thought I’d do a practice run.  I like the brighter colours, using brush pens and fine-liner pens.  There is a subtle layer of watercolour paint underneath, but perhaps too subtle, as you can’t really see it – not in the photo anyway.

Great tit illustration by Sarah Papworth

And this little chap is a Great-tit.  He’s the last one I drew and I like the contrast with the black and the softer and brighter yellow, which has the texture/mark making that I like too.  I think it’s time to start drawing some birdies in best now!

I’ll show you how I get on, and I’ll be posting more frequently on Instagram, and Facebook.  But will try to update on here as often as possible.

I’m aiming to get the final original drawings finished by the 16th October ’15 and in the shop that weekend (17th/18th Oct), but I will give you more specific times nearer the time.

Thanks for reading and see you again soon!  Thanks, Sarah.

Little bird warm-up sketches

Hello again!  I’ve started doing warm up sketches of little British birdies.  Im planning at the moment to do 8 drawings to sell the originals on Folksy before Christmas.  I’m really excited about this as I haven’t sold the originals before.  I just hope they actually sell!

The sketches are to help me decide what sort of style I want to do them all in.  I’ll post a few more once completed, Im doing one a day at the moment and posting on Instagram.  Please let me know which ones you like or aren’t so keen on, plus if you have any favourite little birds you’d like to see.  It all helps with final decision making!

Coal tit illustration by Sarah Papworth

This was my first sketch, a Coal Tit, I used watercolour for the colours, then a bit of acrylic white for the highlights, then fine line pen on top.  I do really like him but am wondering if he’s a bit too traditional for my liking? – maybe I should go more stylised…

Tiny goldcrest illustration by Sarah Papworth

This chap is a Tiny Goldcrest, as you can see from my scribbly notes he is also created in watercolour, fine line pen then white acrylic on top.  I went a bit more scribbly on him, again Im not sure, but I do like his character/facial expression.

Bullfinch illustration Sarah Papworth

This grumpy chap is a Bullfinch, I drew him with brush pens (if you haven’t used brush pens, you must – they are so fun).  Then I added the white acrylic on top for detail.  I actually preferred him without the acrylic, he was a bit more graphic looking and simple – but he needs to cheer up a bit!

Robin sketch illustration by Sarah Papworth

We have a little robin that has been tapping at our window for a 2 days now (which is getting slightly annoying on this, the 3rd day), I think he wants to be included, so here he is ;).  I like the simplicity of him, I used a brush pen for the red breast and a black fine liner for the sketchy drawing.  I like the leaves added, perhaps I’ll use leaves in all of them…hmmm, decisions decisions.

When I’ve created the final drawings, I’ll upload them all at the same time to Folksy and go live with the shop, so it will be a first come first serve basis. I’ll let you know in plenty of time when that will be.

I’m usually a bit slower at updating the blog, so find the most recent updates on Instagram, also on Facebook and hashtag #bpbirdies.  But I promise to let you know when they are uploaded to Folksy 🙂