Tag Archives: bird

Bird, Bo, Bart and Bert doodles

9 Oct

Birds fly, though some don’t, except when they use balloons, lots of them.

Bird, Bart, Bo, Bert doodle

That is all.


Reed pen cartoons, part 4 and 5

24 Jul

I decided to see if I can reproduce the same drawing and examine what the influence of a clear underdrawing is.

To check the reproducibility, I used a character I’ve drawn before, the tweetbird. I drew him in an easy to draw pose. As you can see, I either can’t draw reproducibly, or the character hasn’t yet been properly designed and still has to evolve into a more iconic form.

Reed pen cartoon, part 4

It was hard to draw using the underdrawing, because it wasn’t very clear what lines were the right lines. Furthermore, I need reading glasses and a good lamp to help me see my lines better. I guess a bit of midlife-crisisy procrastination is at work here as well. We all want are eyes to be as perfect as the day we were born, while we know eyes age just as well as the rest of the body.

All of that aside, in the next attempt, I first sketched the underdrawing, partially erased the lines and redid the lines I thought were the best ones. After that, I inked the characters with a reed pen and ink, and only used my trusty magnifying glass for the details (and for closing the lines that were supposed to be closed.

Reed pen cartoon, part 5

I think that the ink lines are much better, although it is a new character. Restating your scribbles into clearly defined lines surely helps to make clearer ink drawings, even though your design might not be as well done.

There is a catch, though. I assumed a clear outline and fill for my characters. However, there is a more artily way to draw cartoons, which uses less well defined designs and more spontaneous lines, splatters and even inkblots. I’m not sure yet what technique is used, but I’m quite sure a well defined underdrawing is not part of that particular technique of rendering a cartoon drawing.

I wished I was more experienced and could offer better advice for those of you who want to try different techniques and styles. I haven’t found much guidance either, other than to develop your own style. I am, on the other hand, of the opinion that your style should be dependent on the subject matter. An artist should have a range of styles, from which he or she can pick the one that is most appropriate for the project at hand. And if the artist hasn’t mastered that style yet, there is an opportunity to learn, which is always a lot of fun.

That is all.

More Tweetbird designs

20 Jul

I had so much fun drawing these sketches of a little bird called Tweetbird. The idea of Tweetbird was born out of the bland designs you can download for free from the Internet. If you want a “real” design, you obviously have to pay for it. Since I guess I’m somewhat more skilled in drawing than the average Twitter user, I decided why not draw a better bird myself, one that could be used in a simple comic strip.

More Tweetbird designs
This bird is all over the place, drinks a lot, and has to sleep it off.

So there you have it. I think the birdie needs more work, and some pals for him to interact with. At this moment, the character is still all over the place. Sometimes he’s a seagull, other times he’s a blue Blackbird. Consistency is key when you want to draw a comic strip.

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Designing Tweetbird

19 Jul

I saw some designs of birds that were used for Twitter, and while they were good, I didn’t like any of them. What better excuse of drawing some Twitter birds yourself? I’m even thinking of creating a comic strip featuring the Tweetbird character.

Designing Tweetbird

Now I have to prepare for my long run as part of the road to my Fall marathon road race.

That is all.

A rooster in color

5 May

I wanted to draw a colored sketch of a rooster. Here’s how I did it.

The first thing I did was to find a photo using zFlick on Flickr.com, and pencilled a sketch, which I scanned.


Next, I used the Threshold function to convert a pencil sketch into a black and white drawing (effectively an ink drawing). I did some editing with the paintbrush, removing unwanted blacks and whites, by respectively painting in pure white and pure black.

Rooster - converted into black and white

Then I used a program called Color Schemer Studio to pick colors from the original photo as my color palette and put it on the black and white drawing (converted into RGB). I used some of these colors and create three new colors, based on existing colors in the color palette, because I needed them. With those I created this colored sketch, using the original photo as a reference.

Rooster, colored end result

Now the white in the original digital image file is on a separate layer, on the bottom of the layers palette. Next is the layer which contains the colors, then the layer containing only the black of the black and white sketch, and on top is the layer for the colored lettering (Roo-ooster).

While the sketch only took me 45 minutes, I needed another 55 minutes to do the rest, and even an hour to get everything described and uploaded.

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Bird of prey

25 Apr

I saw this bird of prey, made by an eight year old boy with his Nikon D40, taken on April 23, 2009 (the day before yesterday). He has more exotic animals in his current Flickr photo stream, so I bookmarked it. I’m sure those animals are not exotic to him.

Bird of prey

Because I have no experience in drawing birds, I decided to create a quick sketch. I drew an outline and put some details inside it, to give an impression of what I saw.

That is all.


11 Apr

Alright, I tried to sketch a bird, and lost confidence. I’m just not used to all these feather. I hardly see birds at such close distance, because I have cats and those go well with birds.


This sketch is based on a photo put on the Flickr public photo stream.

That is all.