It was Bridget and my fourth week of drawing birds at the Melbourne Museum. I'm not sure what we will do when we run out, I'm hoping they have a giant room full of specimens and that will never have to draw the same bird twice.
We get our own little table in the discovery centre and this time I took along large bulky news and some brush and ink. I much prefer working big and although was shocked at the size of the paper when I unwrapped it, I realise it was much better working large. However the duck was so big that I almost always didn't take everything into account and would run out of room.
The ink is a great medium because you can get some paler shades when it is watered down, then use the pure black stuff to add more details. I'm going to use the drawings to design bird prints for screenprinting. Although I will probably change them up a bit they are great reference points.
We usually draw from about 11 - 4 with a break for lunch and yesterday we wandered over to Port Jackson Press for the Martin King exhibition, Slowly Disappearing Darling. After weeks of drawing birds it was the perfect exhibition and if you're in Melbourne go and have a look, it is on until June 14th. It reminded me a bit of William Kentridge with the hand drawn animation of birds in flight. I'm hoping a trend starts because there is nothing more beautiful than hand drawn animation.