This was a black and white project started late summer last year. I was approached by the marvellous Matthew Sheret to do a series of drawings of British birds for Berg‘s Little Printer. After discussions with Matt, I hit upon the idea of birds at a bird bath.
‘Little Printer’ is a cute little internet printer for your home, a thermal printer for techno people. After a few experiments, we discovered that it didn’t like my usual dip pen line, so I produced two sets of everything, one in dip pen, shown here, and the other in a black pen for the printer. I have shown some on twitter and this blog, but here are the set in their entirety. Including the few that didn’t make it, as they didn’t reproduce well.
They are being released 1 a week, so you can still sign up for them if you have a Little Printer.
Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea), it can move at lightening speed when it wants to.
This is how it printed on ‘Little Printer’.
Robin (Erithacus Rubecula), a gardeners friend.
Red Legged Partridge (Alectoris Rufa), an elegant attractive bird,with bright red legs(funny that!) and beak.
Pigeon, even in the cold they co-operate with each other and readily accept outsiders to the flock.
Thrush (Turdus Philomelos), known for it’s habit of smashing the shells of snails to get at their bodies.
Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor), Pure elegance.Makes strangled trumpeting, snorting and hissing noises.
Wren (Troglodytes Troglodytes), has an amazingly loud voice for one so small.
Greylag Geese (Anser Anser), known for its loud clattering and honking.
Blue Tit (Cyanistes Caeruleus) it’s acrobatic skills make it a firm garden favourite.
Magpie (Pica Pica), it has a fondness for eating bird eggs and chicks. Likes shiny things. Bit of a bully.
Snipe (Gallinago Gallinago), feeds in areas where soft oozy mud lets it probe for food with its extremely long beak.
Owl (Tyto Alba), often seen by day, especially when feeding it’s young.
Starlings (Sturnus Vulgaris), a common, noisy, social but quarrelsome bird.
This was a lot of fun to work on, some of theses characters have taken on a life of their own. I’m not sure where they’ll be reappearing next, but this isn’t the last of them…