A few weeks ago I heard a thud when two beautiful Spangled Drongos hit our large glass doors. They were both on the ground, dazed and upset.
Above in the branches were 3 more Drongos standing vigil, waiting for the other two. As it is rare that I can get detailed photos of birds, I crept out to take photos and one of them swooped me. Fair enough.
After about 10 minutes one bird, then the other flew up to join their family.
I began by placing the drawing in pencil then redrawing with pen, Uniball Signo DX .28. I never just draw over the pencil lines but am always redrawing to get closer, closer…
I left the ink drawing only partly done and came in with watercolour washes. Then more drawing with pen.
At this point I checked out the tones on my iPad. They weren’t quite working so I brought in more mid-darks.
I felt that he needed some ground to stand on. Yet more ink drawing. And here is my Drongo Study. I was pleased that he seems to have a bit of an expression on his face.
(the actual watercolour drawing doesn’t have a watermark on it.)