Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sketchings - The Pacific Parrotlet

Parrotlet Sketches

I seldom share my sketches or drawings online. They're messy, raw, and imperfect. Even my more polished drawings I don't consider to be anything special enough to show off. I generally lump all of my drawings into a 'preliminary sketch' category, though most of the subjects don't find their way into a final painting or illustration.

But, I've decided that in an effort to keep my blog more active between finished projects, I will start posting some sketches and drawings as I work. In other words, soon you'll be so tired of seeing and/or hearing about parrots that you probably won't want to visit my blog anymore.

I have a bad habit of sketching on cheap 11 x 17" printer paper, which is what the stack above is. Not only that, I also often use cheap Crayola markers on said cheap printer paper. I occasionally think to myself "someday I'll be a real artist who can afford real art supplies..."

Parrotlets (Forpus, Nannopsittaca, and Touit species) are some of the most d'aawwwww-inducing parrots around. They literally look like tiny adorable baby parrots as adults, hence the common name. They're even tinier than budgies, making them the smallest parrots in the world, and are native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Pacific (or Celestial) Parrotlets are the most common parrotlet in captivity and breeders have produced several color mutations. Luckily, parrotlets are relatively difficult to breed and expensive, preventing them from becoming popular enough to be subjected to the injustices that budgies and cockatiels frequently are (bred in the avian equivalent of puppy mills, sold cheaply as 'throwaway' birds in chain pet stores, etc). I don't know how wild parrotlet populations specifically are being affected by illegal bird trade/smuggling, but as with so many other parrot species it's probably safe to assume that it's not good news.

Anyway, I'm working on a small painting of Pacific Parrotlets in the wild so I'll post some progress soon.


  1. I love sketches. I love them more than finished works. I think I'm the only one though. :C

    1. Not at all. I often do too.

    2. I often love sketches by other artists, but I think I'm too self-conscious of my own to appreciate them!