Hooded Oriole

 

Excited to see a male Hooded Oriole in our backyard neighbor’s tree, I’ve realized that I need to figure out how to draw brightly colored birds. You can see the pencil sketch doesn’t do it justice (also the beak is off) and I need something with more color. I have some oil pastels (I guess left over from high school? I have no idea where they came from) in the closet, so I tried them out. I need something that’s able to give more detail, so oil pastels don’t work for birds on this scale. I do like the overly stylized look it gives, so perhaps I’ll explore it more later with larger scale paper.

I’ve ordered some watercolor pencils, so I’ll try that when they come in.

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