We are so excited to tell you about a bird artist, BIRD VS. BIRD, we stumbled upon recently. We saw her items in one of our local stores and then found her on Etsy as well. (Check out her Etsy store.) Lucky for us, she agreed to do a giveaway with us as well. Learn more about Bess below, and sign up for the giveaway at the end! Thanks.
The short answer it that I just really like birds (and have since I was a little kid)! I particularly love that as I sketch out the initial design I start to get a real feel for how their amazing bodies are constructed.
It’s important to me that the marks be accurate enough that a birder could look at the design and say “Hey, that’s a so-and-so” Since my drawings are a bit stylized and simplified, with the colors sometimes exaggerated for contrast, I don’t get too bogged down in tiny details that might differentiate one species of little brown bird from another. I’ll leave that to the scientific illustrators out there!
That’s a hard one. I’m really partial to the California Quail. Their plumage is lovely, and I find something so appealing about their shape–the kind of plump pear body with that little topknot. And they are a lot of fun to observe in the wild. Here in the San Francisco bay area, it’s not uncommon to be out on a hike and hear some rustling in the brush, and all of a sudden a little quail family parade pops out onto the path.
I would love to see puffins in the wild!
I’d like to branch out into some birds that I’ve seen while traveling, but that I don’t have in my area. I’ve done a scrub jay, so maybe a good old blue jay!
THE ENTRY PERIOD IS NOW OVER. A BIT THANKS TO BESS! GO FIND MORE GREAT ITEMS ON HER ETSY STORE.