Ornithology & Drawing

Six weeks ago I signed up for a class call Ornithological Drawing at The Art Box. I love birds, but I’m terrible at drawing so I thought it was perfect! It was taught by Emily Smith, the Natural History Collections Manager at Randolph College. She is equal parts artist and scientist, so we were able to get up close with the bird specimens.

We started with basic techniques in pencil, moved to Micron pens and finished up with watercolor. The bird I chose is called a Pyrrhuloxia. Looks kind of like a Cardinal, but lives in Texas apparently. I’m a fan of any bird with a fluffy crest. 

The other finished birds from the class.

The other finished birds from the class.