Friday, March 20, 2015

Winter skylark

Skylarks are usually seen singing above fields and meadows, so my first attempts with one in the snow looked totally out of place. After a few sketches I decided to darken the bird and blur some of the snow flakes, which made the snow much more convincing.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kingfisher

Another illustration for Bo's book - a Kingfisher. This gemstone of a bird is a real eyecatcher in the dull Swedish winter.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Redwing

I am illustrating a book about historic birdwatching in Skåne using charcoal pencils and crayons and Fabriano Ingres paper. These new materials are a new experience and a nice one.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fur Seals IV

I want to spend the rest of my life painting Fur Seals.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bridled Terns IV

The finished piece.

Bridled Terns III

The strong sunlight bounced on the orange-brown sand rendering a warm light on the bird's shaded undersides.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fur Seals III

I'll be using these sketches for a watercolor painting as soon as I get some time to paint.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fur Seals II

Painting portraits of humans has a lot in common with portraying mammals, probably because that's what we are.

Fur Seals I

The Brown Fur Seal is mainly a southwest African species but some colonies thrive in the Bass Strait between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. We took a safari trip to the Seal Rocks off Phillip Island and found a few thousand of these agile water acrobats.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bridled Terns II

This is how they look with some color on them, chocolate brown and creamy white with more contrasts in their faces. I suppose the mask has something to do with communication but the matt black lores will also reduce the reflections on a sunny day.