Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bird #18

Happy Birthday Jim Henson,

In keeping with the bird theme of the month, here is a quick sketch of Sam the Eagle.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bird #17

Common American Gull (ˈkämən əˈmerikən gəl)

The Utah State Bird. This will be the second to last of the state birds representing states I have lived in. Oklahoma is last. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bird #16

Shoebill (ˌʃuˈbɪl)
I couldn't resist drawing this bird. I just love the beak.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bird #15

Roadrunner (ˈrōdˌrənər)

I decided to go back to some of the state birds. Particularly focusing on the states where I have lived. The roadrunner is New Mexico's state bird, a bird that has fascinated me since I lived there.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

14th Bird

Moa (ˈmōə)

Continuing with the prehistoric theme, the Moa is a large extinct flightless bird from New Zealand. To me it looks like a huge short beaked kiwi.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The 13th Bird

Diatryma (ˌd.əˈtrmə)
Things got really busy for a few days. Now I am back to posting. This is a large (about 5.7 ft) flightless prehistoric bird from the late Paleocene and Eocene age. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The 12th Bird

Phoenix (ˈfēniks)

I decided to go mythological today. I will be off line for the next few days. My month of birds will rise from the ashes again on Monday.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bird #11

Red Footed Booby (red ˈfo͝otəd ˈbo͞obē)

SInce I posted the Blue Footed Booby yesterday, I thought I would post the red footed one today.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

the 10th Bird

Blue Footed Booby (blo͞o ˈfo͝otəd ˈbo͞obē)

Work is piling up, but I am still managing to make time to draw. The Blue Footed Booby is a large tropical seabird with bright colored feet.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The 9th Bird

California Quail (ˌkaləˈfôrnyə-nēə kwāl)

The California Quail is indeed the state bird of California. He's a colorful little guy. I thought I would continue my state bird theme for a few days. If you are wondering why this state bird, similar to the Vermont, I have lived in California. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Day Eight of the Birds

Hermit Thrush (ˈhərmit THrəSH)

Last night I was looking up state birds. It seemed only natural to draw a hermit thrush, the state bird of Vermont) I gave him a green vest because it is the Green Mountain State (a little obvious but it works).
I will probably be posting a few more state birds in the future. 
For information on yesterday's post, I found out the robin is the State Bird for Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. That's taking care of three states with one bird.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day 7 of the birds

Robin (räbən)

I asked my illustration class what bird I should post today and it was a unanimous Robin! They are aware of my distaste for Batman's sidekick with the same name…So here he is.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Day six of the Birds

Pelican (ˈpelikən)

Just a quick sketch while sitting in the faculty assembly meeting.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day five of the Birds

Kestrel (ˈkestrəl)

This is the last of my Fairbanks Museum sketches of Birds from this past summers sketching class.