Sunday, April 20, 2008

Creating My Messenger

My pen and ink bird not the IMS thingy. I have been very busy today and this is the first opportunity I have had for any blogging (22.45 GMT) and getting very close to bedtime. I seem to have spent all day being busy but when I try to figure out exactly what I have achieved, the answer is a big, fat and hairy zilch with bells on. Nothing, in plain English.

But that is not entirely true. I have finished my latest drawing and it is entitled "The Messenger". It is a stylised bird carrying a message in the form of a green sprig but no-one knows what the message is or who it is for - not even me. I am very into headgear in my drawings at the moment and particularly crowns and I like them to adorn man and beast. A bird always looks better in a crown I think.

I have included a picture of the pen and ink drawing in progress this afternoon along with my original sketch and the full sized pre-drawing sketch on white paper. (You may need to click on the picture above to get a larger version.) I did the little picture in my brown sketch book round about Christmas time but have only just got around to making it into a proper drawing. The final image is pen and ink with a few small areas of watercolour. As always the original is far better than the scanned image but you only have my word for that....ha ha.


old world primitives said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really like this drawing, especially the tree branches and your choices of color. The element of mystery is cool too. :)

Cathy said...

Thanks Stephanie. This is one of my favourites too. I love drawing birds.