It’s that time of year again (in case you hadn’t noticed). The theme started as ‘birdies’. I might have a bit of a birdy obsession at the moment. I decided on robins because of the red bit. Obviously I would pick the birdy with a red bit.
Proceedings started shakily.
I don’t know what those colours think they are doing.
Also. Clearly my robin drawing skills needed honing.
I trawled Google for pictures of bona fide robins and practiced in my sketchbook:
I’m sure you will agree I totally nailed the ‘bona fide robin’ look.
I drew some more:
^^^ a selection of 9 (out of lots) showing the various family traits. Each Robin made me smile as I finished it, and exclaim, ‘awww! this one’s lovely!’.
I would like to add ‘painting robins’ to my list of interests.
Whilst I was trawling I couldn’t help but be distracted by the sheer number of Batmans. I decided the robin should be illustrated with batman. It’s tradition, Batman can not be without his trusty sidekick at Christmas.
This one scares me a bit.
I like this one a lot, but the chief Glue Dotter gave me one of those looks. He asked me what Batman had to do with Christmas?
Then I thought, with a little persuasion, the batman might look like a holly leaf? Holly leaves are christmassy!
I tried to draw it for the Glue Dotter’s approval. I got another one of those looks and he left the room.
See how that looks a bit like a leaf, and a bit like Batman? I amaze myself with my geniusness sometimes.
Brilliant though it is, I decided to enlist illustrator to help with drawing holly batmans, clearly batman was not going to improve with analogue tools.
I would like to add ‘painting batmans’ (cleverly disguised as holly) to my list of interests.
I would also like to submit my ‘batmans’ to Things Organised Neatly , although using illustrator’s ‘align’ tool might be cheating.
I didn’t really want to chop up the pretty batman pattern, but I was reminded by the chief glue dotter there was a job in hand and I must focus.
Most cards look a bit like this:
Each robin has his own special character. I can not pick a favourite, merely a representation.
Some of the cards went a bit wrong, but I embraced the imperfections.
Just in case it is not OBVIOUS that the holly is some batmen, I mentioned it on the back.