Sunday, January 14, 2018

Vector Drawing of Red Bird of Paradise

This is the picture of Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) that lives in tropical rainforest of Raja Ampat particularly in Waigeo, Gam and Batanta islands. There are two species of Birds of Paradise in these islands: Red BOP and Wilson's Bird of Paradise. Their population is shrinking because of continuous hunting, conversion of forest into human settlements, road, and monoculture plantation.
Male Red Bird of Paradise
The development of ecotourism in Raja Ampat brings positive to the preservation of tropical rainforest and protection of paradise birds. Visitors who go there support local homestay owners, boat drivers and guides. With this alternative income generation that is environmentally friendly rainforest and marine ecosystem in Raja Ampat gets better chance to survive in this century.
Red Bird of Paradise vector art

To raise awareness about the importance of protecting this paradise bird, I have created a digital drawing of the bird. It is now available in various Redbubble products such as T-Shirt, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy case, pillow, mugs, tote bag, sticker and spiral notebook. To get more info about these products, please, see this link: Red Bird of Paradise Vector Art

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Drawing of Clothed Female Figure

This is a sketch or drawing (in progress) of a clothed female figure in cross-legged sitting position. I haven't finished the work and also haven't decided what to draw at her background. I just want to show the process of how I make or create figure drawing from just a few lines of sketches to the finished artwork executed using watercolour pencils. I hope that it will be ready soon and I will present the completed drawing in the next paragraph of this blog post.

update post 30 June 2017
The process of drawing this lady is quite long not because it is difficult but because I had to go into the jungle to guide a French tourist on a 4-day/ 3-night hiking, camping and birdwatching tour in lowland forest in northwest area of Manokwari. I returned to the city with a lot of ideas to draw but still this sketch was not finished yet.
So, after taking a rest for one day, I decided to complete the drawing. I made two drawings that look of this lady. One that is colored pencil artwork on paper and the other the digital drawing on tablet. For the new media, I used stylus, Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S-pen and Autodesk Sketchbook as my tools.
Watercolor Pencil Works
Enjoying Sunset
For the manual drawing, I just have to continue the above sketch by adding its surrounding environment which are the sandy beach, the sea, and the sky iluminated by sunset light. I made a lot of lines or hatchings with several different colors. I superimposed the yellow ones with several diferent red color to create the effect of fire or sunset light that brightens the sky. After that I apply wash all over the paper to cover all of the drawing surface with various colors that I think suitable to describes the clouds, ripples on the surface of the sea and the ground where the lady was sitting. The result is one the right of this paragraph. This drawing composition is looks similar to the digital one that I recreated below. Drawing with watercolor pencils takes longer time compared to drawing using a stylus and tablet.
Digital Drawing
Enjoying Sunset
I mention above that I use Autodesk Sketchup and Stylus to make the digital version of this lady. I have to redraw everything from the beginning again. Drawing on the surface of glass screen and drawing on paper look the same but actually are very different. The glass surface of my Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet is very smooth and slippery. I have to familiarize myself with this different environment. When I draw using colored pencils, I pick up various different pencils whose sharpness are different from one to another. Sometimes, I have to take a break to sharpen the colored pencils or wait for the paper to dry before I continue the work.
In digital drawing, I have to use the same stylus that is so little and lighter compared to watercolor pencils. The light from my tablet also is another challenge for me. But the most important thing in digital drawing is the basic skill of the artist and his or her knowledge about the drawing application. I need several months of drawing practices before I become more familiar with the application. Well here is the final result of the drawing

Northern Cassowary - colored pencil drawing

I have just finished the colored pencil drawing of this Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus) which I saw in Klasow valley of Sorong regency. The bird was big and approximately 1.3 meters tall. I often organize and guide visitors on 3 to 5 days birding tour in the valley to watch tropical birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), Moustached Treeswift, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Large Fig Parrot, Golden Myna, and a lot more.
Northern Cassowary from Klasow valley
If you are interested in taking birding tour in Klasow valley of Sorong regency in West Papua, please, contact me by email to: or send whatsapp message to my number: +6281332245180.
To enhance birding experience of the visitors, I provide 10x42 mm binoculars and 20-60x60 spotting scope. With this birding gear, birdwatchers can see birds that sit in distant trees.
Because I like drawing and painting, I often create sketches of wild animals that I saw in the jungle and put them in this blog. First, I made the sketch using 2B Staedtler pencil and then I used Derwent Watercolour Pencils to make it more natural and attractive.
In addition to this Northen Cassowary, I also made some drawings of Lesser Birds of Paradise, Red Bird of Paradise and Black Capped Lory and Whaleshark.