Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hummingbird in Water Soluble Graphite

Before going to bed, I decided to do a quick sketch of one of our hummingbirds.  This year we've seen more than we've ever seen and we are ecstatic!!

With this particular hummingbird, the one aspect that drew my attention was the one yellow/gold feather there at his neck area.  Makes me think of him wearing a yellow jewel.  The other thing grabbed my attention was his white beak rather than black. 

Using a Derwent Graphite - Medium water soluble pencil, I first held pencil almost parallel to paper using side of lead.  Then went back adding dark areas and defining some of the detail with point. 

Using a waterbrush, I went over areas adding some shading.  Then once that was dry, I went back in with the pencil with a bit more pressure darkening some areas and adding a bit more texture.  Although this little guy was actually sitting on the railing of our porch, I decided to add a stem/twig on my page...just for fun.

Now I'm ready for bed :-)


Sandy Sandy said...

I love your hummingbird sketches, Susan! I have never seen a Ruby Throat with a gold feather. This may be a Rufous or some other variety that has ventured into your neck of the woods. Hummingbirds' territories and migration patterns are changing these days.

Susan Bronsak said...

Would that possibly explain why the white beak too? I'm used to seeing the black beaks only. Thank you about my sketching. I need to work on painting more as I don't feel all that great about the results I achieve when I paint them. Mainly with the wings.

Sandy Sandy said...

After seeing the photo, I'm not sure what kind he is, although he is not immature. Try to get another shot of him and send it to me, OK? ☺ Easier said than done, I know.

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