To create my Christmas robin, I draw a circle for the head and a large circle for the body.
Next, I divide the shapes up. I shade in a bill and an eye. Above the bill and eye, I draw and shade in the cap, back and a wing which droops downwards slightly. From the wingtip, I draw a rectangle that forks at the end for the tail and shade it in with lines of various shades. The body is improved in shape as I divide it up to form the breast and the puffy feathers using rounded shapes and lines. The legs and feet are just shaded lines.
With my biro, I draw over the pencil, improving the shape further as I go. I shade in dark areas and scribble around the body to create the puffy look on the feathers.
With a yellow pencil crayon, I lightly shade the breast in and lighter still with the rest of the body. The back was coloured brown with a layer of yellow over the top of it.
I then apply a light layer of orange on the breast before building on it with heavier layers. On the white underside, I add light scribbles of brown, orange and grey.
Now create a rectangular shape for the tail, a triangular point for the wing which continues through the centre of the oval. Divide the wing with lines and rounded shapes. Improve the shape of the head and add a bill and an eye. Draw a ring around the eye and make lines on the throat. The legs are a set of double lines that meet up at the joint and then continues down to the toes.
Redraw the outline in pen and rub out the pencil. Shade in the back lightly, the breast extremely lightly and the head and tail completely black. Leave the eye ring white.
Finally colour your American robin in. Grey, brown and black on the back, yellow for the bill, brown for the legs and the breast is orange and red with black as a light highlight.
I wish you a merry Christmas wherever you are in the world and I hope you will continue drawing well into the new year. Merry Christmas everyone!