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. This is what I’m looking at when I draw a bird. . THE HOW: I use the incredible Macaulay Library to accumulate a stockpile of reference photos, because they are searchable by location, more reliable than google, and obviously more extensive than any reference photos I might have taken. I choose photos that are detailed, well-lit, and roughly in the orientation that I’m looking for, but in a variety of positions. After skimming through the entire collection for the chosen species (sometimes several thousand images) and picking out 10-20 suitable ones, I arrange them so I can view them all simultaneously. And then I draw! . THE WHY: Field sketching is not an option for a lot of far-away species. Specimens are hard to access, and are dead. Copying photos is at worst theft, and at best redundant. (Why not just use the actual photo for the field guide, art piece, etc?) By using a multitude of photos, I learn the intricacies of a species, including plumage details, postures, structure, and habitat, that I wouldn’t understand from one single photo. And I’m able to reference all the photos at once, synthesizing aspects of all of them into one idealized representation, without copying any of them. . . In short, this is the best way I’ve found to capture the reality of a bird that I’m not directly observing in the field. I hope this helps your process and helps you think about the way you make art!

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Gorgeous robins by @debtrevitt 🎨

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Newish....8” x 8” matted prints (4.5” x 4.5” opening) Lots of characters to choose from. Matted and packaged with acid free materials. Available on my shop online, @homeofthemakers in Hamilton, coming soon to @cedarlakeshop in Cambridge & at my holiday markets - or DM me. . . . . #birddrawing #instaartist #sketchdaily #instaartoftheday #birdart #funnybird #canadianartist #canadianart #illustrationartist #sketchbook #dailysketch #hamiltonartist #birdy #cutebird #moose #cardinal #lolcats #lolcat #birdart #birdillustration #illustrationartist #illustration_daily #illustrationprint #illustrationdaily #contemporaryillustration #instaartists #instaarts #instaarte #instaartsy #instadrawings #instaillustration #instaillustrator

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I've also been signing a bunch of art prints! Here's a small selection of what I'll have available this weekend. I'll be at the Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival in Syracuse, Dec 7-8 at the Nottingham High School. After that you can find me @littleredwagonmarket Dec 13-14 in Ithaca! . . . . . #syracuseny #exploresyracuse #plowsharescraftsfair #craftfair #craftshow #upstatenyartist #ithacany #littleredwagonartisans #artprints #shoplocalny #shophandmade #handmadegifts #holidaygifts #artprints #watercolorprints #watercolorpainting #watercolorartist #watercoloranimals #animalart #animalillustration #birdart #birdillustration #wildlifeart #wildlifeillustration #foodillustration #inspiredbynature

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Little fluffy Wren, all puffed up ready to defend its territory.

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317/365: Eastern Rosella 🌈

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#wip Such beautiful markings on this Fischers Turaco 🥰 First draft done, I can’t wait to get stuck into the details tomorrow morning 🦜✍🏻 🌿 🦋 🌿 #illustrator #artandillustration #botanicalillustration #draweveryday #natureillustration #drawingnature #tropicalbirds #tropicalart #drawingbirds #drawingsketch #birdillustration #sketchideas #sketchingdaily #wildlifedrawing #wildlifeillustration

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I’m not 100% happy with this one as the bottlebrush flower ended up been too big and dominant. And yet I’m still so happy to finally be painting birds after contemplating it for years. #birdartist #👩‍🎨 Paper: Saunders Waterford (high white CP) Watercolours: Winsor & Newton

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I wonder what they are thinking? 📷🦜 Decided on my next subjects to draw - The colourful Red Crested and Fischers Turaco ✍🏻 🌿 🦋 🌿 #plantfriends #iloveplants #sketchbookideas #tropicalplants #bigleaves #tropicalgarden #tropicalbirds #greentherapy #birdillustration

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