Western Kingbird - Graphite on Paper
Copyright 2009, Nicole MacPherson
This drawing managed to get done! I can't believe it... Once I got the shoulder topography figured out, the rest went quickly. Lots of shadows on this guy, seen in full afternoon sunlight.
Lots of birds will perch on fences roadside, and most of them will fly off when a car stops. Sometimes the bird will fly a few dozen meters ahead and perch a little further along the fence. Driving to that point and trying for another photograph will usually result in a bird merrily winging off along the prairie. Western Kingbirds are a little different - they will play this game for quite a few stops. I've been told they're wary of cars. I've been told it's coincidental; that they're just pursuing insects.
I've come to a different realization however: Western Kingbirds know exactly what I'm up to, and have collectively decided to mess with me. It's the only logical conclusion. So it's only fitting that this drawing gave me so much trouble as well. Yup. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!