Sketchbook Field Entry Study of Rufous Hummingbird in Fountain Pen & Black Ink

I mean… It just… Mind obliterating. Varieties within varieties of the same bird. Hummingbirds. Rufous Hummingbirds. Color palette identical. Placement and patterns random. Roll the dice random. I’m always humbled at the difference between reading about a bird in a field guide and spotting the same bird on a walk. Rufous Hummingbirds are an example at the humbling experience for this average birder.

Keeping it black and white. Fountain pen with a black color pencil close up for atmosphere. Sketches in this notebook entry studying the hummingbird. Arrogance to identify the specific type of bird. I do it anyway.

Not a challenging bird to draw. Details aside. Contours while alert are streamlined and clean. Relaxed is entirely different. It’s not the last hummingbird I’ll draw. It won’t be the last Rufous Hummingbird I draw certain.

An attempt at watercolor. It was brave but ultimately short of catastrophic. I could blame the paper but indecision and watercolor are not fast friends. Patience and persistence. It will happen.

I hope this week finds you well
Luis

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