Koala


This was a quick sketch I did for my sponsor child in Pakistan. She drew a beautiful rose for me so I decided to send her a pic of this furry little Aussie icon and included some facts about koalas too (such as how they may look cute n' cuddly, but watch those claws!). The most difficult part of this drawing was capturing the different textures in the fur, as well as the colour - when you're drawing with a simple graphite pencil on white paper, unless you draw the full background, what's actually white (e.g. the fur at the edges of the ears) is drawn as grey. And I wasn't too happy with the stump, either, but practice is practice. All up this drawing took about an hour. Disclaimer: Reference material was a photo I found online, I don't own any copyright for this image.
Koala
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Little Bird #1


Pencil on sketching pad

The first in a series of three small birds, purely for personal use. I loved the dramatic lines of the wingspan and contrasting shadows/highlights in the original photo (included below). The contrast converted really well to black and white.

In the actual photo the right wing is even longer. I know nature didn't 'get it wrong' but to my eye it looked out of proportion so I shortened it for the drawing. Probably going to be sent to some special corner of Artist's Hell for that, but oh well.

I also don't know who took the original photo (hence why this is just a personal drawing!) but would love to be able to credit them; so if you know who took the photo below, feel free to drop me a line.

Unknown flying bird
Little Bird #1
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Little Bird #2


Pencil on sketching pad The second in a series of three small birds, purely for personal use. The patterns on this cute little sparrow piqued my interest. Sparrows remind me a lot of New Zealand, where I grew up before we moved to Australia when I was six. I'm a tiny bit proud of the fluffy texture I kind of managed to create on his chest, although I think I still need to work on capturing the personality behind the eyes (or in this case, eye). This image was drawn from a photo I found online. If you know the artist who took the photo, please let me know here so I can credit them.
Little Bird #2
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Little Bird #3


Pencil on sketching pad

The third in a series of three small birds, purely for personal use. I picked this photo of a robin to work from both for the clarity of detail, and also because I wanted to incorporate some other elements and textures into the composition - namely, the twig and soft white flowers.

This image was drawn from a photo I found online. If you know the artist who took the photo, please let me know here so I can credit them.

Little Bird #3
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