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Learning to Draw Birds with Practice and Perspiration. And Pencils.
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19th-Jan-2010 04:02 pm - Slow Motion Birds
Fly Water Bird - Me
Nothing to help you get your head around flight like watching it in slow motion.

Eagle Owl Swoop - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA6XSrM0V_0
20 second video of an eagle owl swooping in towards the camera. I love the ripples of the wind through the feathers.

Flapping Duck - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_OR0L3_rQA
Worth it to watch the way they twist their wings under when they fold them.

Starling Take Off - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RvRO-F06pY
I love watching this one to watch how its whole body involved in take off.

Egret Wingbeat - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTj6BSWHFqM
I just like egrets. Great to see the cycle of the wing's motion.

Fishing Bald Eagle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hecXupPpE9o
It's kind of awesome.
4th-Jan-2010 02:40 pm - Cedarseed Bird Resource Sheets
Fly Water Bird - Me
Alright, new year and I'm resurrecting this place. When I started this I wanted to learn in order to finish an art project. But even now I'm still learning and I think it'd be a shame to leave this idea out in the dark. Quite frankly, I need to draw more anyway.

To restart, here's a set of three tutorials to drawing birds - cheat sheets with a bunch of handy hints everywhere. The first includes great tips on drawing birds in general and the second two go into specifics of individual species.

http://cedarseed.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-Birds-part-1-22106533

http://cedarseed.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-Birds-part-2-23367087

http://cedarseed.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-Birds-part-3-27460585
7th-Jul-2008 03:21 pm - Photo Sketches
Fly Water Bird - Me
Been a while!

These are sketched from photos. I've been alternating between traditional and digital lately so there are more birds in my sketchbook that I'm too slack to scan. But a couple of digi sketches for the cause.

Still trying to work out the natural, gorgeous flat shape of wings. It still feels clunky in my mind.
From this photo of a Pacific Black Duck: http://k53.pbase.com/o3/03/742503/1/87943644.WxBkLrkx.DSC_0062_.jpg
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And these are from various photos.
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31st-Jan-2008 05:56 pm - Sketches
Gentle - Me
Speedy sketches from this arvo. I find I have a lot of trouble with getting any kind of flowing movement into the birds I draw so any pointers there are definitely appreciated!

Apologies for the large image - Photoshop won't open for me to resize this. I'll cut it until I can get a smaller picture!

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11th-Jan-2008 04:26 pm - Photography
Gentle - Me
I often stumble across websites with beautiful bird photography and some are just downright inspiring. Here's a few links I have saved. These are not stock photos however I often do sketches from photographs such as these for learning purpose.

Palemale and Lola - Amazing, clear photographs taken on a daily basis focusing on the Red Tailed Hawks living in the photographers' area. There are so many different angles, lightings, poses, flights and close-ups here that it really is a hawk lover's paradise. Be sure to check out the archives.

Wildlife Bird Photography - Tonne of gorgeous bird photos. I bookmarked this a long time ago and am not certain if it remains a valid section of his site but with photos like this, I'll share it while it's here.

J R's Birds - A journal of birding by a photographer with plenty of lovely photos.

Australian Bird Photos - Potentially hard to figure out where you're going on this site at first, but under 'Species List' or 'Thumbnail List' you can find heaps of lovely photos of Australian birds. I often use this site when I'm looking specifically for Aussie birds or for new, interesting photos of species that don't have a grand showcase on google images.

Slater Museum; Bird Wing Collection - While everyone should know of this one already, it's always worth linking to. Catalogue of photographs of bird wings, above and below. Great for direct reference of specific species.

Digital Morphology - Bird Section - Not exactly photos in the traditional sense, but this site is brilliant in providing turn arounds of internal structure of animals. Most often skulls but there's a few whole skeletons thrown in. Fantastic for getting a good look at skeletal anatomy, check out the other animals too.
28th-Dec-2007 08:31 pm - Inky Birds Away!
Gentle - Me
Well I've been planning on starting this for a long while now and here it is. My own little kingdom of bird drawings and whatever other feathery goodies I can squeeze out of the net.

I'll be posting sketches here as regularly as possible and I may even do a painting or two. Just so I'm starting my first post with something in it, here's a couple of sketches from a few weeks ago.

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