10 Great Photos for Bird Artists [Wikimedia Commons]

10 Great Photos for Bird Artists [Wikimedia Commons]

Birds

Hey there bird-loving artist! Did you know that there are hundreds of gorgeous photos of birds on Wikimedia Commons? And they are all free for you to use, although most require attribution to the photographer—a small price to pay. Here are ten of my favorites. I chose these images especially for bird artists based on … Read More

Drawing a Bird in Pencil: The Block-In

Drawing a Bird in Pencil: The Block-In

Technique

For a very long time, I struggled to get accurate proportions in my drawings of birds. Despite my efforts to improve as a bird artist, I seemed to get nowhere! Then I stumbled on The Artist’s Compete Guide to Figure Drawing by Anthony Rider. While not directly related to drawing birds, I found Rider’s approach … Read More

Inktober Sneak Peek!

Inktober Sneak Peek!

Sketchbook

Inktober is about to begin! Here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve been working on. When the official Inktober 2020 prompts came out, as a bird artist I didn’t feel especially inspired. While I can see how some of the suggestions could be stretched to include birds, most of them seemed a bit too far … Read More

Bird Anatomy for Artists: The Bill

Bird Anatomy for Artists: The Bill

Anatomy

For almost every family of bird, there is a distinctive bill shape. Bills vary in size, color, and function. In this post, I introduce some of the features of the bill that are most important in drawing or painting birds. The Mandibles A bird’s bill are composed of an upper mandible (also called the maxilla) … Read More

My Favorite Art Supplies for Drawing Birds

My Favorite Art Supplies for Drawing Birds

Tips

It probably comes as no surprise that as a bird artist, I draw birds every single day. I carry my drawing kit with me everywhere so I have my favorite art supplies with me at all times. Here are the items that I just can’t live without. Sketchbook My current sketchbook is a Pentalic 8” … Read More

Ten of the Best Photos for Bird Artists on Unsplash

Ten of the Best Photos for Bird Artists on Unsplash

Birds

As a bird artist, I am constantly looking at bird photos and when I find a source for excellent images, I go nuts! While I knew about Unsplash, I had no idea that there were hundreds of amazing bird photos there! Here are ten of my favorites. Keel-billed Toucan Photographer: Zdeněk Macháček What I love … Read More