Tag: art

Father’s Day

Happy belated Father’s Day

White-winged fairy wren

35 x 27.5 cms.
Sepia ink, black ink and watercolor.

Males are more colorful or ornamented than females in most, but not all, bird species. Understanding this phenomenon requires a basic grasp of the evolutionary forces that shape the behavior and morphology of individuals and species.

Charles Darwin developed much of the theory that helps explain this. He proposed that traits promoting survival in individuals are favored by the process of natural selection, whereas traits that help the individuals of just one sex (usually the males) compete for mates are favored by sexual selection. Sexual selection is responsible for many of the features unique to one sex in a given species.

These features can be divided into two general categories: those acting as weapons that allow males to fight for access to females (antlers on deer, for example) and those acting as ornaments that attract the attention of females, such as long tails on birds.

Learn more here

Life in Colour

Life in Colour

Volume 01

Life in Colour is a sketchbook depicting birds while I learn and experiment with different dry and wet media and techniques.


This first sample of selected works include coloured pencils (Prismacolor Scholar [36], Prismacolor Premier [72], Faber Castell Polychromos [24], and Watercolour pencils Staedler [36]); student-grade gouache [12],
student-grade Staedler watercolor [12], and white acrylic paint.

The paper selection is Fabriano® Sketch A4 (90g), Strathmore® Mixed Media 200 11”x14” (75g), Fabriano® Sketch A3 75g, Strathmore® Watercolor 9”x12” 400g and Fabriano® Tiziano black.

Todas las ilustraciones por Delmy Alvarenga.
Guatemala, Mayo 09 – Junio 15, 2020

Published under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

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For the Birds: Intermezzo

For the Birds

This #stayhome #socialdistancing is messing my circadian system.

I’m an early bird and normally wake up around sunrise (5:30 to 6:30 am), but lately I’ve been sleeping later at night and waking up 30 to 45 minutes later than usual. It it only me? Does anybody else has the same change in habits?

And well, what to do when you can’t sleep? Well, yes, create!

#stayhome #isoletioncreation #forthebirds #bird #drawing #sketch

For the Birds: Day 09

For the Birds
Day 09

Today’s exploration is inspired on materials boards using textures and geometric forms.

Photographs credits, al lfrom Unsplash
Black texture: Марьян Блан 
Pink texture: Wesley Tingey
Marble texture: Madison Bracaglia

#stayhome #isolationcreation #illustration #forthebirds #happyhuman 

For the Birds: Day 06

For the Birds
Day 06

No lo vuelvo a hacer. Tengo 2 días trabajando este pájaro porque en mi mente la idea era hacerlo como un tapiz, con diferentes texturas y tamaños de “hilo”. Claramente nunca he hecho un tapiz ni a mano ni en versión digital.

#stayhome #isolationcreation #illustration #forthebirds #happyhuman 

For the Birds: Day 04

For the Birds
Day 04

I tried to do something less elaborate, playing with geometry and using colours I don’t normally use.

Although I’ve been wanting to do something with this kind of dark green and gold, I don’t think I like this result. I think the drawing is good for a sketch but needs more thought to be rendered.

Perhaps a comic style would be fit for it? 🤔 🤔 🤔


For the Birds: Day 03

For the Birds
Day 03

This one was a fun to build up.

For starters, I was listening Lady Gaga, which fancy pop aesthetics are not seen in this artwork, but the pop music really put me in a loose, fun mood, which I hope is reflected on the loose vector shapes.

Compared with the previous birds artwork, this one is a messy vector composition. No order, just free hand drawing on the canvas, filling up shapes with subtle delicate transparencies.

I hope you enjoy this one as much I enjoyed creating it!

Thank you for staying home.

For the Birds: Day 01

For the Birds
Day 01

Some of you know I have an artistic fascination for birds. Last year, I started a one month project called For the Birds. The idea was to draw one bird per day. 

Now, I’m on my tenth day #stayhome, I decided to unpack my digital tools and create some illustrations with these birds I drew the year before.

The digital versions are not exactly the same as the pencil ones, but reinterpretation of previour work is always the creative’s prerrogative.

Thank you for staying home!