Bird Drawing Hobby: Pileated Woodpecker

On my Life List, the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is my #370. In my bird-drawing repertoire, it’s my fifth. I’ve got some catching up to do.

I chose this particular species because I first saw it on my older brother’s property, and he and his wife had gifted me the drawing book and Micron pens specifically do I could draw more birds. Felt fitting.

I used to micron pens an another generic ink pen, along with whatever colored pencils I could find in my kids’ collection. The problem was, their “black” was a light greet at best, so I couldn’t really work the shadings very well. Just being honest.

Well, to a bit more honest, I actually tried deepening the black with some charcoal from my fireplace… it smothered everything out, but actually just about ruined it. Still I’m happy with the result. Hope you enjoy my progression of photos.

And the final product.

I have really enjoyed this relaxing hobby, even though there are moments when I think I’ve wasted all my time, after some mistake or bad choice. There are always ways to mask one’s flaws, which in life is a generally bad idea, but in art is a grace.

What’s next on the docket? Hopefully the Barred Owl.

©2021 E.T.

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