I am thrilled with how this technique worked. It looks almost like an etching of a mechanical wind-up bird toy.
I am drawing most of these birds off of the “Wildlife Fact Files” my dad got for me as a child, (Thanks, Dad) so I am learning little random factoids about the birds as I draw. Fun fact about this bird: the Germans call them “lazy birds” because they sit completely motionless for long periods of time waiting for prey such as insects.

Northern Gannet

I have been taping these up on the wall in my living room (I know, the Museum-trained expert in my brain says “tape is bad! Not conservationally-sound!. But the artist in my brain is lazy and doesn’t want to put holes in my wall.) Anyhow – sometimes I write on the tape. The tape above this one simply says “eh.”


I am glad that I found a bird to match this oddly marked piece of paper. At this point in the series, I am using pieces of paper that I tore from a four-foot-long drawing I did about ten years ago (in my undergrad.) While it’s rewarding to finally turn that terrible drawing into something worthwhile, it can be challenging to match birds to some of the more heavily marked squares.

Brown Pelican

I’m quite pleased with the technique I used on this one. The line quality reminds me of some of the Shel Silverstein drawings and that makes me happy. Unfortunately, I’m learning that it’s hard to duplicate success with something as fickle as drawing.