On a walk last weekend I watched a woodpecker swoop repeatedly to cross a large open space between trees. At one point he turned and then spread his wings, so he was exposed to us as the woodpecker is in this drawing.
This will be my next painting, I hope. It will be an 18 x 24 inch watercolor on Arches hot press (my favorite). We'll see... My next internal debate is whether to give him his checkerboard pattern on the underside of the wings. I think that contrast and detail may provide additional focus on him. I'll go with my gut on that, though, and it's too late tonight to decide anything.
As usual, this began as a jumble of lines from a series of photos, about four in this case - most of them of either crowds of people or a plate full of cookies. I blind contour my way around the paper while my eye feels the lines in the photo. I really enjoy this approach and the unexpected results and candid, humorous lines and shapes that can result.
This is my entry for day 14 of AEDM.