Tag: pencil

Little Brown Bird

House Finch Sketch

I’ve noticed that I’ve not been sketching as much lately, so I’ve decided to start posting a sketch a week on Wednesdays. I got watercolors for Christmas, so now I’ll be switching back and forth from the watercolor pencils and straight watercolors.

I figured that I would mark the change with the most common bird in my backyard, a House Finch.

Supplies used: Sakura Micron Ink PensPrismacolor Watercolor Pencils , Canson Watercolor Paper Pad

Great Blue Heron


In my first birding class last week at the Buena Vista Lagoon, we saw a beautiful great blue heron sitting on a light post right in front of the nature center. I kicked myself that didn’t bring a camera. Fortunately, one of the regular birders keeps a blog where she posted her pic which I used as reference for this drawing.

White Tailed Kite

White Tailed Kite Sketch

Sitting bored at an intersection today, I saw the most beautiful white tailed Kite hunting. It flew around and would hover perfectly in one spot with its powerful wings. I was completely mesmorized.

It took me a while to figure out what it was. Having seen a barn owl in the same area, at first I thought it was one but it’s maneuvering quickly convinced me otherwise. Once I saw it in profile, I immediately knew it could be an owl since the face shape wasn’t correct. It didn’t take long to look it up once I got home because the bird is so distinctive. Not many hawk-like birds that at white with tan around its neck.

I drew this sketch from the below YouTube video since I didn’t have my sketchbook at the time. This is my first hawk-like bird sketch and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Hope you enjoy.