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Old Monday 2nd April 2012, 03:22   #1
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Colonel Boris' scruffy old sketchpad.

As ever, the time I get for sketching seems to be diminishing each year but every now and again I get a good reason to give it a go. I did a couple of drawings for friends recently, which I've not had the time to post until now.
I don't get much time to post on BF any more, either, but I still lurk the threads and it's great to see so many people in the art threads doing so well with exhibitions and the like as well as seeing lots of others improving over time.
More to come later...
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Old Monday 2nd April 2012, 11:01   #2
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I mentioned in the other thread that I was doing a few drawings for a magazine article. Of the four articles my friend Ed put forward to Australian Birdlife magazine, the one that was chosen was about birding and football, resulting in this odd beast...
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The magpie is especially nice!
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Thanks! First time I'd ever used any metallic pencils and even then only a tiny touch to help with the iridescence. Had to construct it from quite a range of source photos in order to capture all the features I wanted and to also avoid any copyright issues.
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Thanks!

Another two drawings for another two prosepctive articles - both from a recent trip Ed and myself made to FNQ.
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That Magpie is fantastic The parroty thing with a dodgy T Shirt on needs more work perhaps red & white stripes could inmprove it. not a bad effort it could of been worse wearing red
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I particularly like that first shorebird.
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That Magpie is fantastic The parroty thing with a dodgy T Shirt on needs more work perhaps red & white stripes could inmprove it. not a bad effort it could of been worse wearing red
I personally would have preferred a red shirt with a big losing streak up the back, but Ed's bird and Ed's team, sadly...

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I particularly like that first shorebird.
Thanks very much! One of my holiday snaps, that was: http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/abir...reenshank.html
For some reason, the shape and angle of the body remind me of the body of the martian fighting machines from the recent War of the Worlds remake...
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Very smart magpie, Tony - splendid job!!!
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Cheers, Tim. It's the largest drawing I've done - I normally draw fairly small so that I get a chance to finish it off, but in this case, it deserved a larger drawing, so from beak to tail it was ~25 cm.
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thank you C.B. the censored birds...it makes me smile

and a good painting
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Well, the magazine article is now out and they printed the Footballing Parrot quite large, which was a nice bonus. Looks like there's a reasonable chance that the magazine might be asking us for a regular slot - very happy as it gives me deadlines to work to and ensures I keep drawing.
I've currently got a commission for a friend to draw three sets of fairywrens, so here's the first.
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Thanks! Nearly half-way through on a pair of Lovely Fairywrens now. Female's almost finished, then the male and perch to go.
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And very nicely composed. It should add a real dynamism to finished work.
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Proper treats here. The magpie's a corker and what I wouldn't give to see a fairy wren!

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Thanks for the comments!
Here's the second one: Lovely Fairy-wrens (the names are just great for these birds)
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Hi Nick and Gaby - thanks very much!
I've thrown a spanner in the works and suggested an emu-wren species instead of the third fairy-wren, but I think I might try to do a whole set of fairy-wrens as well. I'm quite enjoying them!
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Love that first pic of Greenshank Colonel....[do you get Nordmanns where you are]...?

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Cheers! Nordmann's would be a very rare straggler over here, with some books doubting they've been seen at all.
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More fairy wrens please!

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More coming in a couple of days! I've got a bumper load of admin that I have to sort out after hours for work as well (at least if I want work-subsidised birding trips to Japan, Spain and Blighty this year...).
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