Paper, graphite and colour

Two sketches from Dunbar harbour where the kittiwakes nest in the broken surface of the ruined castle walls, building platforms of twigs, human debris and guano.  This first is primarily watercolour over a few pencil lines on rough watercolour paper.

Nesting Kittiwakes in Dunbar Harbour

Nesting Kittiwakes in Dunbar Harbour

The second started as a continuous line drawn in pencil without really looking at the page, with wash laid over and then further pencil shading for the tone.  It was drawn on cartridge paper with less bite to it than the surface used for the previous sketch.

Kittiwake - Dunbar harbour.  Declining numbers?

Kittiwake – Dunbar harbour. Declining numbers?

These were on the afternoon of 19th June.  I could see no chicks yet and fewer pairs than last year.  Mark Boyd of the RSPB suggests that kittiwakes have been harmed by our fishing for sand eels and by climate change.

4 responses to “Paper, graphite and colour

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