Quick sketches of grebes

Drawing birds is a challenge and a discipline.  I view through a telescope and paint simultaneously, splitting my vision.  I’ve tried working pretty much directly in ink, with a minimum pencil sketch to capture movement.  However slowly a grebe drifts across the water, it feels fast when drawing. The mental discipline comes in training myself to see what is necessary, to select and get the sense of the animal not the detail.  It is very different to working from photographs.

4 responses to “Quick sketches of grebes

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  2. Much appreciated. But I dont know how else to sketch wild birds directly – I cant see them clearly enough without a telescope. I do work from photos but I prefer to do this when I have also sketched those same birds or at least that same species.

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