Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hummingbird drawings

These sketchbook drawings are studies for a painting I'm planning on the subject of hummingbirds and the sound they make as they approach a flower or feeder and then fly away.
They're based on photographic reference, since drawing the little speedsters from life is beyond my capability. The illustrator Brad Holland quotes a historically famous artist (whose name I can't recall) as saying a great artist should be able to draw a person jumping out of a window before he hits the ground.
Brad goes on to say he can't do that. Neither can I. That may be a little too demanding a standard.
Anyway, the drawing below shows the hummingbirds as they will appear in the painting. The background is still to come.

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