Monday, November 17, 2008

Portrait exercises and a mystery bird's nest...

I thought I would show you what I have been up to in the studio these days. Here are some of the portrait course exercises and the reference photos. My students are getting lots of practice in creating skin tones in coloured pencil!

This week I shall be starting a portrait of my neice Melissa. She was the model for the body parts pictures. This time it will be her whole face on the page! I shall post it as a wip, so stay tuned.

As for the next pictures, can someone enlighten me? The pictures are of a simple twig nest on our property. I never saw a bird constructing it or using it. Does anyone know what bird would create such a thing?


Valerie Jones said...

Looks like you have been having fun in the studio. I love the bird nest, but have no idea what bird makes the beautiful nest.

Thanks for you comments on my blog the other day. :)

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Valerie, your was an interesting post!

Yes, that bird's nest is a isn't insulated the way other nests are so it wouldn't be warm for baby birds. The eggs would have to be large not to fall between the gaps and momma bird wouldn't want to weight too much or she would flatten the thing to bits. Beautiful piece of sculpture though!