Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Clean and Simple 3 - Day 7 - Watercolour

Hello!

I'm here with my homework from Day 7 of Online Card Class Clean & Simple #3. After watching Jennifer Rzasa drawing and watercolouring her image, I decided that tonight was the night for me to finally draw that bird I have been thinking about.

I have never drawn a bird before, not really, not where I actually tried to make the bird look like a particular type of bird... but on the week-end I was looking at the art of Geninne, and in particular her birds, and I was overcome by the desire to draw and watercolour a bird. So, tonight, after Jen inspired me, I looked up photos of robins, wrens, and jays and decided to draw a robin redbreast. I looked at about three different photos of the birds to figure out the colour variations, and the various shapes in different positions and then gave it a go.
The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Fine Feathers. The bird was painted using Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush.

So what do you think?

I know it isn't perfect. It is a first try, after all. But I will admit to being so excited and encouraged by this first version that I just might try drawing and painting some more! I'm not sure I can replicate this to make a set and Jen suggested. I'm pretty happy that I even made one, lol!
Thank-you for coming by to visit!

Michelle
xxx

40 comments:

Leta said...

Such a lovely card Michelle! Well done. Just love it.

Barb said...

Are you kidding me?!! At first glance, I wondered what lovely stamp you used for the bird - it looks awesome, Michelle! Can't believe you drew that! It's so beautiful! You should definitely draw more! :)

Tara Pibel said...

It looks perfect to me!

cissi said...

That is a beautiful bird, I also thought it was a stamp first.

Stacy said...

You did a wonderful job! Lovely card.

Susanne Vargas said...

Can't believe that you have never drawn a bird before! It's fabulous - shape, shading, everything! You have talent and should definitely make some time to draw/paint more!

WickedPixie said...

Wow! I think it looks amazing!

Wida said...

the colors and the image and the sentiment all are so cohesive, artistic and just plain fantastic!

Amy McCue said...

For the first bird you ever tried to draw, you did great!!! Very impressive. A very nice card.

Jacquie Southas said...

Terrific robin - I'd be thrilled if I could draw this well! Your lines are great and the shadow is the perfect finishing touch.

Tasnim said...

It is beautiful, and very professional looking!

Sallee P. said...

Incredible! Great job!

Virginia Lu said...

I think it's AWESOME! You should draw more, Michelle! Love it!

Luckysmom said...

You captured that bird perfectly. I'm partial to birds, so of course I really love your card. great job!

Shona Chambers said...

This is incredible for a first try!! When I try to draw a bird, it always looks like a dog....So I would say this is amazing and please keep using water colours. Your obviously blessed with painting talent!!

Unknown said...

This is amazing! Great job!!!--Kristina

My Paper Epiphany said...

Are you serious?!!!! First try! Totally amazing! You could design stamps!

Suzanne Russell said...

Yep, I was scrambling for the name of the stamp you used for that beautiful bird! I didn't stop to read your post. Absolutely gorgeous! Now I am inspired as well. Great job. : )

T to the Essa said...

Seriously? It isn't perfect? Shut yer face! IT IS TOTALLY PERFECT!!! Gorgeous! Ugh. You kills me. KILLS ME, WOMAN!

Lynn Mangan said...

You are incredible Michelle! This is absolutely amazing!

Tracey McNeely said...

Michelle this is so stunning!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Wow, Michelle! It's impossible to believe that you just sat down and drew this and colored it right off the bat! It is stunning and looks like it was drawn by someone with years of training and practice under their belts. You definitely should pursue this previously hidden talent! You are blessed!! Hugs, Darnell

Barb Ghig said...

WOW! This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Michelle! I was wondering which stamp it was until I read your post! Awesome artwork and beautiful water coloring!

Dawn Turley said...

I can't believe you free hand drew this.... COMPLETELY AWESOME!!!!!

Jenny said...

ummm.... WOW!!!!! You dark-horse you :0)
Your robin is perfect in every way... I just keep sitting staring at it. Brilliant :0)
Jenny x

obee said...

Absolutely amazing! Free hand drawing? This is just beautiful!

Dana Joy said...

Wowza...this is stunning.

Kelly Griglione said...

I think you are definitely on to something here, Michelle!! AWESOME, awesome job painting your bird! So happy that you were inspired and followed where it took you. I sure hope you continue and post some masterpieces in the future!!

KOScraps4u said...

Wow beautiful image and colouring!

Aimes said...

So glad you 'gave it a go'. This is stunning! :)

diana said...

Wow!!!! ;-)

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Oh my gosh, your bird is PERFECT! This is definitely a card you should frame and hang up somewhere...a work of art!

Joni nina Andaya said...

What a GORGEOUS card Michelle! Love this so much :)

Deepti said...

beautiful water coloring
:)

Bonnie said...

This is beautiful, Michelle! I'm not sure I could give this away. It needs to be framed!

Susan (rainy) said...

AMAZING!! What a gorgeous bird.. the coloring.. the shading and shadows. And it's made into such a stunning CAS card. Your first!?! You should most definitely continue with your drawing.

Virginia Lu said...

Yay! Congrats on the CAS Online Class #3 shout out!

Marion said...

Wow this is amazing! Look fabulous :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

I caught a glimpse on your post saying this was a first try... OMG - WOW, you did an amazing job -- Good for you spreading your wings ;)

Jen W. said...

It looks pretty darn perfect to me, MIchelle! Wowzers! Gorgeous shadows and feathers!