Monday, January 25, 2016

ELVIS IS ON THE BEACH!


Another drawing in the Strathmore toned paper sketchbook (tan).  I like the warmth of this but like the gray toned paper, too - don't think they make other sketchbooks that aren't white.

These are Royal Terns but Sweetie and I call them Elvis birds because they look like Elvis with his black hair and their look of cockiness.  They aren't afraid of looking right at you as if they are saying, "Who said you could take my photo, tourist?"

Elvis Bird on the Beach



12 comments:

Sadami said...

Rhonda, I love this work!! Cheers, Sadami

Jeanette Jobson said...

Excellent drawing. I love the bird, hairdo and all. :)

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami and Jeanette! I feel good about this because you both are excellent drawers (?) ha ha - you both have good eyes for line and composition (that's better than "you are a good drawer" - of course, being from Kentucky, maybe that's a good comment, too! ha ha)

I love these guys - so cocky and funky and they often all face the same way, their black "hair" spiking up in the back :)

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
This is a wonderful drawing and in addition to the fine job on the tern, I really like your treatment of the negative space. It's energetic and reminds me of blowing sand.
Great work!
Sincerely,
Gary.

Alice Jo Webb said...

The way you've placed your main subject catches my eye. Having it pushed into the foreground so far makes it more important than placing it close to the center would have. Way cool, girl.

E.M. Corsa said...

Beautiful drawing but what I love is the composition!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

this is a really great drawing :) really capture his attitude

Caroline Simmill said...

Elvis is really lovely!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Lol, are you sure they aren't saying, '.ahh thank you ver' much'. You have drawn a lovely character. This series is really very special.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Gary, Alice Jo, Elizabeth, for the comments on the drawing and composition. Not sure why I placed the bird there - just started drawing, then thought, hmmm...didn't leave room for his feet! ha ha. So not planned in any way but putting in the background in a loose, sandy, beach-smutz way seemed to work with this guy. Nothing can detract from Elvis! ha ha

Thanks, Jennifer Rose, Caroline and Lisa (yeah, maybe he is saying that! ha ha) for your comments :).

I so appreciate you all taking the time to stop by and comment on my playing and experimenting and (hopefully) growing as an artist.

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Hi Rhonda, I liked that you named the bird Elvis. Seems quite appropriate. And I find the composition quite compelling. Interesting and very dynamic placement.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Carol :) I'm happy that so many really like this one.