Baird's Sparrow, colored pencil

People often tell me, "Andrew, you are obsessed with drawing birds!"  As I stop to think about that statement, I realize that the people who say that are mistaken.  When I first started focusing on birds as art, around age 11 or 12, it WAS an obsession.  Every free moment was spent at the table, in the field, or wherever I had access to a drawing utensil.  It was a rapid cycle of drawing, erasing, drawing, admiring momentarily, then starting something new, until my hands cramped up.  This helter-skelter, headlong rush into the world of drawing birds made me the artist I am today.  But I would not say that I am still obsessed.  Drawing just comes naturally to me now.  It is a part of who I am, not just what I do.

African Pygmy Falcon, pen and ink 

 These days you can usually find me hanging around my drawing table with my sprawling arsenal of Prismacolor pencils and a tall glass of sweet iced tea.  The latter has little relevance to drawing or birds, but I must admit I perform better with caffeine in my system.  Most of my drawings are colored pencil, sometimes with watercolor backgrounds.  Colored pencils are a great choice for a time-starved college student like myself, since they are ready to go at any free moment.  Another staple in my art is fine-tip pen, which is great for quick black and white portraits.  Still, my favorite part of drawing birds is the color, so I use colored pencils as often as I can.  Not surprisingly, I am a fan of hummingbirds. 

 Hooded Visorbearer, colored pencil

I spend my summers at the farmer's market here in Bozeman, MT, selling prints of my art and hanging out with other local artists.  My dream is to illustrate field guides and such, but until then, I will do just what I've been doing all along: watching birds, liking what I see, and putting it on paper so everyone else can enjoy it too!

 White-plumed and Hairy-crested Antbirds, pen and ink

 Eared Grebe, graphite and colored pencil

 Great Gray Owl, colored pencil