I've been thinking a lot about this bird I saw last month at the San Diego Zoo. It is an East African crowned crane. My first impression of it was: Wow, what is the point of that feathery crown? It doesn't seem very practical.
But then I thought, nature's creations are beautiful, and that's a good enough reason. ...and that made me smile and I took a photo.
I'm not sure me drawing a picture of it was very practical either. ...but doing it made me smile too. Sometimes we just need to draw, sketch or paint for fun. The result will be beautiful in its own unique way.
So, here's to letting fun be fun and beauty be beauty.
Hey bird, you be you and I'll try to do the same.
Now for the details of the drawing
I used Prismacolor colored pencils and Prismacolor Art Stix on some generic black paper. The Art Stix were the most fun to use on this piece because they really added a looseness to the feathers on the bird but especially to the background. In my reference photo, the background was mostly greens and browns as you might expect in a natural setting but I wanted to play a bit more with some cool colors (cool colors those colors on the color wheel that have a blue tint rather than a warmer red tint). By using the lavender, blue and light greens, I achieved a feeling of depth because visually speaking cooler colors tend to recede into the distance and warmer colors tend to come forward.
I think breaking away from attempting to render the background as the photo reference had, helped make the piece more fun. Having fun was largely the point of doing the piece. Learning a bit more about color was also fun.