Tuesday, June 30, 2009

After some weeks break, I began working on the Long-eared Owl oil painting again. I've completely repainted the background as I hated the flat effect of the former solution (see my earlier blogs).
Here are some solutions:



Finally I stayed with this one. I've added a complex of weaker branches to the lower right quarter, and some more ivy leaves in the upper center:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Here's my newest illustration for the shark book. It shows a group of South-African fishermen cathing sharks (watercolour and gouache on paper):

Friday, June 19, 2009

I've been to the small creek by the river again this afternoon. I'm talking about this place so much, so I give you the coordinates: latitude: 47°24'54.07"N, longitude: 19° 5'51.46"E. Check out on Google Earth that this wonderful little spot is really surrounded by the city.
The Little Bitterns were not cooperative this time. The male has been there when I arrived, but left very soon. The female arrived very late, right when I was about to leave.
But I could work with the newly arrived Moorhen pair. I've seen them mating, so perhaps they will be breeing here. I would be happy for them.
Here's a sunny sketch:

And one after the sun disappeared:

I could see a short battle between them and the resident Coots. This is a videograb from my recording. The upper bird is just helping its mate to escape from the Coot that was helding it under the water for a sec (you can see the 2nd bird coming up on the left)! I really love recording videos, because I can see such moments that would be impossible with my eyes.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I've visited my nature photographer friend, Péter Csonka (check out his website: www.csonkapeter.hu), and he showed me a very good spot for Bee-eaters. I could sketch them from my car:


Don't count the primaries on this sketch, my brush ran out of control:



The Russian transparent watercolours I began using recently were a real good help to mix the bright colours of the birds:



Here's the mess in my car. The birds usually perched on the bare branches on the top of the closer trees:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I've begun working on the illustrations of a book on Sharks. Here's an example, a polinesian man swimming with a Whale Shark (it is watercolour and gouache on paper):

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I've realized that I had left you insecure about my Long-eared Owl painting. In fact it's far from completion, but I wanted to leave it for a while to go on with it with fresh eyes. I took a photo of the current stage:
My father found this freshly killed juvenile Hawfinch. It died from colliding a window.
I made a few sketches of the corpse:

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

I went to the small creek close to my home by the Danube. I've seen Little Bitterns regularly in the previous weeks, I hoped to find them again.
This female was very cooperative, I could make this one page of sketches: