Thursday, May 31, 2007

I've started a new oil painting, showing 2 Great Bustards in the shade with a typical Hungarian well. The inspiration came when I was in the field on Monday (see the blog). The first step is putting the composition on the canvasboard (after my initial pencil sketches):

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I've got back some of my older illustrations, that were published by 'The World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls' in the 'Raptors Worldwide' conference book. All were drawn in 2004, with black pen, in A4 size. The originals are for sale (80 EUR each).

The list of species:
1. Secretarybird
2. Lesser Kestrel
3. Bonelli's Eagle
4. White-rumped Vulture
5. Ural Owl
6. Collared Falconet
7. Cinereous Vulture
8. Montagu's Harrier
9. California Condor
10. Steller's Sea Eagle
11. Imperial Eagle
12. Saker Falcon (sold)
I've found this dead female Red-backed Shrike the day before yesterday on a road near the Bustard site. I took it home, because it was quite fresh and intact. I made one page of sketches of it yesterday. I can use this reference in the future:

This bird, full with life is much more beautiful:

Monday, May 28, 2007

I've spent a windy, but memorable day in Kiskunság (central Hungary) yesterday. My main target was to sketch Bustards. I was in the field at 5.30, but it took a few hours to find the best place. I've found some 30 male Great Bustards from that tower-hide I've been sketching 1 month ago from ( They were quite close, cca 300 meters, sheltering from the wind and sun at a row of Robinia Trees. Here I enclose my sketches.

I'm planning to paint a bigger oil painting of this scene, with this well, so I did some reference sketches for it:

The upper left pencil drawing will be an important reference for that oil painting I've already started ( This additional reference was quite necessary to paint the light on the bird correctly:

The left bird is in a typical posture they adopted quite often. I think they were cooling themselves. On the lower right corner there's an additional sketch of the well.

It was quite unusual sight to see a Great Bustard with the shadow of foliage on it. I would never think of painting this bird in such light before.

As it is quite uncomfortable to work in strong wind (the scope is shaking, the papers flying), I tried to find some shelter in the hide. I had to look through the gaps of the slats:

Here's what I've seen:

A bit closer, with 2 Bustards:

Part of the flock, as seen though my scope:

A big male Bustard standing against the wind:

It's interesting to mention, that a pair of Common Buzzards were building their nest on one of the Robinia Trees, over the Bustards's head.
This sunset closed this fantastic day:

Friday, May 25, 2007

Some new Bats, painted in gouache.
Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros):

Nathusius' Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii):

Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus):

Some earlier (2004) work for comparison. These 2 were painted in acrilics.
Lesser Horseshoe Bat:

Common Pipistrelle:

Sunday, May 13, 2007

2 new Bats (painted in gouache).
Leisler's Bat (Nyctalus leisleri):

Brown Long-eared Bat (Plecotus auritus):

The same species painted in acrilics 3 years ago:

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Some new Bats from my recent work. All were done with gouache.
Daubenton's Bat (Myotis daubentoni):

Brandt's Bat (Myotis brandti):

Whiskered Bat (Myotis mystacinus):

The same species painted in acrilics in 2004: