Spending a Few Moments One Morning with Gulls in the Park

November 16, 2015


For details about the images posted in today's post, please read the post. While my first sketch (top left) is my favorite—that bird was just so friendly and adorable—I think it's fun to see me grappling with beak proportions as I moved on to other sketches. Click on any image to view an enlargement.

A few weeks ago I had to run over to Dick’s office to bring him a spare set of keys. On the return trip I took the opportunity to stop in a nearby park and sketch the gulls. It was 39 degrees Fahrenheit with winds gusting so hard the gusts pushed up the birds' back feathers. For some of the sketches I stayed in the car.


I really enjoyed the time I spent with them. I was working with the Sakura Pigma Sensei pen (probably a .3 or .4 if it doesn’t say on the pages). I was working in a 5 x 5 inch square journal I’d made with Rives Light. This is not a paper I would recommend for binding into mixed media journals. It’s a lightweight printmaking paper and basically it’s good for printing on and you can sketch on it with some pens, but it does like to suck the ink from the pen into the paper.

I like the softness of the paper and really enjoyed sketching on it with this pen because the hard tip would cut into the paper in a satisfying way.


I might just have to make a painting of that friendly gull!

I hope you find a few moments to spend in the park sketching sometime this week. Fingerless gloves are really helpful at this time of year in the northern hemisphere!

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