Sunday, May 31, 2009

Drawings and watercolours

I show you a selection of my first drawings and watercolours in the mid-90s. I hope you like them.

Fulica cristata (Red-knobbed Coot)
Watercolour, 29,7x42 cm.

I showed these works to Pablo Pereira by the time I was helping to save the birds after the toxic dumping in Aznalcóllar. He told me that healthy birds show uniform plumage, so uneven feathers were inadequate here.

Recurvirostra avosetta (Avocet),
Watercolour, 42x29,7 cm.

This one, apart from not having uniform plumage in the neck, has a bulky forehead and very curved beak. I intend painting this species again without making these errors.

Cuculus canorus (Common Cuckoo),
Watercolour, 29,7x42 cm.

Black-winged Stilt in its nest (Himantopus sp.),
Watercolour, 29,7x42 cm.

Pablo Pereira guided me in this watercolour. It shows uniform plumage, as he had previously indicated me, and he also told me the position of the species when incubating eggs. The idea came from a colleague of the group `Environmental Volunteers in Doñana´.

Carduelis carduelis (Goldfinch),
Colouring pencils, 29,7x42 cm.

I hope you like this entry. I want to send my regards to Pablo Pereira, an expert in animal morphology and artistic techniques. I consider him one of my masters. I remind him advising me to make life drawings or, in case I copied from a photograph, to have taken it myself. Since then, I have born it in mind.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Eliomys quercinus lusitanicus (Lusitanian Garden Dormouse)

Elyomis quercinus lusitanicus
Watercolour, 20 x 29,5 cm.

By the mid-90s I bought a watercolour box, two years before entering the Faculty of Fine Arts. This is one of the first works I can consider `good´.

Fulica atra (Common Coot)

Fulica atra
Mixed media on metal, 18,5 x 24 cm

The mould of this work was made in two stages. First, all the lines were marked and then we used the etching technique, which provides the work with colour and depth.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dama dama (Fallow Deer)

Dama dama
Mixed media on metal, 26,5 x 33 cm

Another sample of etching engraving. Here I used texture to provide the back with more expressiveness. I used aquatint with sugar.
It´s a pity you cannot appreciate the quality of texture after scanning the image. That is one of the added merits of this engraving.