Day 284: Watch the Birdie!

Bird Shapes (pencil)

Bird Shapes (pencil)

I’ve been doing a bit more preparation for Chinese Painting Class today and have looked at some of the reading we’ve been asked to do. Much of this involves understanding the basic shapes of birds and their underlying anatomy.

It appears they can generally be built easily from two egg shapes, one for head and one for body, so I’ve been practising a few to get the hang of a variety of different poses and positions. It certainly does make things much simpler when you have some simple rules to follow.