Monday, February 28, 2011

I went back to the Alpine Accentor site. This time it took 4 hours to find them. The watercolour was not freezing, only me. I could make this one sketch only with my stiff hand:

The hill where they are wintering on is in the middle of a town, called Budaörs:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

There're 2 Alpine Accentors present in a small area since December. The site is very close to the city, so I decided to give them a try. I was very lucky finding them in 10 mins (took hours for others, lot of people even missed them). I didn't realize how cold it was, until trying to add some colours to my sketches. So I need to go back on a warmer day. But here's one pencil sketch, and a photo of the scene.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I'll have an anniversary this summer. It was exactly 10 years ago, in the summer of 2001 that I decided to quit my job, and became a full-time artist and illustrator. My commissioners and customers made this possible. I would like to thank for all the support and help with an offer. I will sell my original illustrations on a discount price till the end of thsi summer. Reduce all the prices on my other blog by 40 %. If someone buys 5 pieces, the 6th is free.

Not all my illustrations for sale are on this blog, so if you are looking for a particular species, it is worth to ask.
Workign on a few birds for some publications. Barn, Long-eared and Little Owls:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I think these are the last skecthes worth to show you from my trip to Trinidad:

Agouti, White-lined Tanager, Palm Tanager, Copper-rumped Hummingbird, Great Kiskadee, Scarlet Ibis, Blue-crowned Motmot.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The most extraordinary bird of my trip was the Bearded Bellbird. Bellbirds are the loudest birds in the World. Check out youtube for videos to see (and hear) what am I talking about.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sitting quietly in the Golden-headed Manakin lek produced some other birds, like this White-tailed Trogon male:

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Golden-headed Manakins: another lekking species:

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

A selection of my studies done of the plant life of the rainforest:

I could have easily spent a week exclusively painting the rich plant life, but the birds always drew my attention away.

Monday, February 07, 2011

3 more sketches of the lekking White.bearded Manakins:

From time-to-time they became quite agitated, performing some spectacular dancing. I captured one moment of this dance (you can clearly see why they're called bearded):

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Theer's a White-bearded Manakin lek close to Asa Wright Nature center, so I went there almost every day. I really enjoyed sketching these charismatic birds.

I generally love leaf litter, so I made some sketches when the birds were close to the ground:

Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Green Honeycreepers were always present on the garden feeders. I had to use a bright blue for their colours, otherwise I would be unable to catch their amazing shine.

The females were green, but hold a faint version of the males' hood:

Friday, February 04, 2011

Some more sketches of that lovely Coquette:

A flight shot:

I wasn't quite satisfied with my sketches of this Colibri. Somehow I felt that I hadn't caught its tiny character. The reason for this was quite simple: on my A3 sized sheets I have painted them 4-5 times bigger than their real lifesize.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

My favourite little bird on Trinidad was this beautiful Tufted Coquette. It was difficult to make sketches of him as perched only for short periods. I missed some breakfasts because of him, as he was a regular visitor in the garden in the morning hours.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Crested Oropendolas, both in nice, subdued light:

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

These huge Tegu Lizards were regular visitors in the garden. They picked up the remains around the bird feeders.

Sometimes they froze in one posture for minutes, giving me nice opportunity to make detailed portraits: