Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Golden-headed Manakins: another lekking species:


Blogger Mike Woodcock said...

Thoroughly enjoying these sketches from what was obviously a fantastic trip.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Torben said...

Yes, they certainly are wonderful sketches you show us and now I see the importance of something I read in a recently published book about drawing and painting birds and that is to get the relationship between the bill and the eye right, in order to capture the character of the species.
Looking forward to your travel report later on.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Szabi said...

Thanks a lot for your kind comments!
Yes, the face is really important. What I find crucial in the character of a bird species is the loral area. The area between the eye and the bill base. Eg. if this area is pale it can give the bird an innocent look (see Bonelli's Warbler), if it is dark, and create a line between the eye and the bill, it gives a more strict expression (see a Chiffchaff). But there are endless characteristic features.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Måns Sjöberg said...

Superb brushwork and lighting!

Best wishes,

2:13 PM  

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