I recently completed this acrylic painting on a 12 x 12 inch wood panel:
I used Golden Fluid Acrylics in Diarylide Yellow, Qinacridone Magenta, Cerulean Blue Chromium and Titanium White. I mixed my paints with Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish to give it the transparency you see.
I started my piece by covering the wood with gesso and then a layer of the Diarylide Yellow. I then drew “lines and circles” with a black sharpie pen:
It got me thinking about how I draw birds. I believe my drawing improved when I started seeing my birds in lines and circles and SHAPES!
I thought my notes may help you with your bird drawing:
My notes also help me remember! 🙂 I think looking at the negative shapes or the shapes around the bird also helped me with drawing a bird proportionately.
I drew this Evening Grosbeak in color pencils tonight:
It is the first time I actually followed the directions to color my bird in color pencils from the book, “Identify and Draw North American Birds.” I use this book a lot for identifying birds but I normally color it my own way. I think I like my own way better! LOL!
I would love to know if seeing your subjects (whether it is birds or cats or whatever you like to draw) in shapes helps you in your drawings! 🙂