Colour in your thrush with chestnut brown. I also use yellow on the breast for depth to show up the thrushes rounded shape. To finish off, I colour the inside of the bill orange with a hint of yellow.
As before, I draw everything in pencil first. I redefine the body shape, add in the features and detail and shade in the wing, tail, the stump and parts of the bill.
After re-drawing the outlines, I lightly shade in the dark areas of it's plumage and shade in heavily on the stump.
You might notice a pattern with the songbirds that I have selected so far. They are both brown. The best songsters are often brown. With a powerful voice to attract the ladies, who needs to be colourful. The only part that isn't yellow is the inside of the bill, which is yellow.
|Woodpecker Basic Shape|
The basic woodpecker shape is a circle and an oval with a triangle at the rear. The bottom half of the body is drawn close to the bark of the tree, while the upper half is away from it.
|Woodpecker Pen Stage|
|Woodpecker Colouring Stage|
Colour the bottom half of the woodpecker red as well as the patch at the back of the head if it's a male (females don't have it). I lightly shade the breast and head brown. The eye is brown. The legs and bill are grey. I add green on the bark for moss and use the pen to create a feathery texture.
|Nightingale Basic Shape|
I would be mad not to draw the greatest of British songbirds, the nightingale. If you are lucky to hear one, it will never be forgotten. It is loud, diverse and moving. It is difficult to really explain how it sounds like in words, so I recommend you go look it up later. Drawing a nightingale is similar to when I was drawing the song thrush earlier. Circle for the head, oval for the body but with a long, rounded tail hanging under the perch.
|Nightingale Pencil Stage|
Just like before with the thrush, draw in the main shape of the bird and add the features such as the wing, eye and bill. After adding a bit of detail, re-draw in pen.
|Nightingale Colouring Stage|
As typical of great songsters in the bird world, nightingales are brown. The head, back, tail and the top half of it's breast is chestnut brown, while the chin and the rest is light brown with grey over the top of it. The inside of the bill is yellow.
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks How To Draw and enjoy the dawn chorus on Sunday. My alarm clock will be ready for it and I will tell you all about it afterwards. What is your favourite bird song? Leave me a comment below.