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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 16:57   #26
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Last one for a week or so, but to slightly change the theme, a pair of Mallee Emu-wrens. Had a lot of fun finding some of these birds in clumps of spinifex grass. That stuff is evil.
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Old Friday 27th April 2012, 17:22   #27
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love how the restricted palette makes the blue leap out, nice work
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It really is all about the blue - the most exotic colour in an early girlfriend's car was the electric blue high beam indicator. Dazzlingly bright - just as this is. Classy piece of work.
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Thanks Nick, Tim and Gaby!
Been away for a while in Japan, Melbourne, Sydney and the rest of it has been flat out getting samples made for various beamline trips. No time at all to even check in the wildlife art thread, much less draw anything...
However, I have some new source materials from a few days' birding in Japan, so with a bit of time, I can draw something a bit new.
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Oh yes, these two are very sweet and seem to fly on at once. O:-)

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That is a very delicate illustration of a nice-looking wren! I like the name of the bird as well, it's a good thing that not everything is called blue-throated or long-tailed!
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Love the magpie and the wren drawings. They are so simple yet so striking!
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Thanks Ulrike, Oivind and Jenny. I've got another couple of drawings on the board at the moment for Australian Birdlife Magazine. I'm hoping to get the first finished this evening (kids allowing) and I'll see if I can get it on here before bed.
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Old Monday 9th July 2012, 14:59   #35
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Weeks late, I finally got the two drawings for the article sfinished and even managed one for fun. One of the two prospective articles on 'dirty ticks' (i.e. ticking Ostriches in Australia) and the other on the phrase 'crippling views' and how it related to Cassowaries.
I'll leave it up to you lot to tell me what the last bird is - all I'll say is that it's from one of my holiday snaps in Tropical North Queensland.
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Old Friday 13th July 2012, 15:14   #36
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And another one for no particular reason. Australasian Gannet from a recent pelagic trip out of Wollongong.
It's hard work to make pencils look flat for the sky.
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I particularly like the ostriches. The setting, at least to me, says hot and dry!
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Nice latest batch. Im with Ken Ostriches looks great are they all done with standard colour pencils
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I agree, the ostriches are extra-special.
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Thanks, Ken, Paul and Matt!
The pencils I used were a mixture of Prismacolor/Karismacolors (found out recently that they're the same line, just taken over by Sanford when Berol stopped producing them), Caran D'Ache Pablo (hard, waterproof) and Supasoft (fairly soft watercolours, but I never use them as such) and a few Faber-Castell. The Faber Castells are a bit hard, but they have the best range of flesh tones, which I used for the dry grassland.
I'm going to mount it with a pale yellow mat with an inlay of the same pink as the grass an send it to the guy who took the photo (who also happens to be the guy who wrote the article).
The finished picture for the article is attached. It wasn't the one chosen for this issue, but might make an appearance in December's if the editor wants to run with that. Generally, there are two proposed articles each quarter and the editor runs with the one he likes most. The other goes into a rainy-day bank.
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Old Saturday 21st July 2012, 15:10   #41
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Here's something silly for a change. Apparently, my workmates think I'm an artist based on pen doodles made during group meetings. If my boss wasn't glued to his iphone, I'd probably get into trouble for these...
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Here's something silly for a change. Apparently, my workmates think I'm an artist based on pen doodles made during group meetings. If my boss wasn't glued to his iphone, I'd probably get into trouble for these...

Always the sign of a lively imagination I'd say. Doodling never gets the credit it deserves!
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Hopefully have another batch of drawings by the weekend to add. On a flight to Perth I found I'd forgotten my book, but still had pencil and paper handy, so I decided to try sketching people and trawled through the in-flight magazine for the most attractive woman in there. These are the second and third time I've tried drawing people (and without tracing the outline for change!).
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Lovely drawings Tony - showing a fine repertoire in the last couple of posts. Pencil and paper - it's all you need really, isn't it.
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Did my wife give you permission to draw her It is indeed a fine drawn bird
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Very nice! I misunderstood at first, and thought you drew this from life. I wondered what kind of plane you were on.
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Thanks Tim, Bigshent and Oivind! Some rather odd drawings on the board at the moment involving four hard-to-find birds, an alarm clock and an 80s TV show. I'm rather enjoying drawing for this magazine!
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great sketches, but is the woman in the first one trying to induce herself to vomit?
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great sketches, but is the woman in the first one trying to induce herself to vomit?
. . . if we were on FB I'd have some retort - however I shall remain silent except to say that it's a lovely, well-handled piece of drawing.
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