Bird Anatomy for Artists: The Bill

Bird Anatomy for Artists: The Bill

Sep 25, 2020

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) […]

My Favorite Art Supplies for Drawing Birds

My Favorite Art Supplies for Drawing Birds

Sep 22, 2020

It probably comes as no surprise that 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” x 6” Traveler Pocket […]

Ten of the Best Bird Photos for Artists on Unsplash

Ten of the Best Bird Photos for Artists on Unsplash

Sep 18, 2020

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 […]

Recent Work: Black-backed Woodpecker

Recent Work: Black-backed Woodpecker

Sep 15, 2020

While my home state of Oregon’s forests burn, and I mourn the loss of lives and homes and forests and what seems like the last shred of normalcy in this incredibly eff’d up year, I can’t help but think about Black-backed Woodpeckers. Black-backed Woodpeckers arrive in burned forests before the fires are even out. Some […]

Avian Anatomy for Artists: Eyes

Avian Anatomy for Artists: Eyes

Sep 8, 2020

Once I do my initial sketch of any bird, the first part I bring to completion is the eye. I love seeing the bird come to life as I color in the eye and bring out the highlight. Bird’s eyes are incredibly complex organs that are highly specialized to allow them to see in all […]