A Whimsical Robin

I realize the official start of summer is right around the corner, but up here in the north country it is just beginning to feel springlike. I am thrilled about this…. really I am…. except for one thing. I have a LOT of weeding to do in my flower gardens and I don’t look forward to battling the mosquitoes that often accompany the warm weather.

I’m not sure what signifies spring in the rest of the country, but in southern Michigan where I grew up, I always watched for the first Robin. Seeing that first red breasted bird after what seemed like a never-ending winter, somehow gave me hope. I suppose that’s why someone decided to make it Michigan’s state bird.

So…. in honor of this little host of spring, I’ve drawn a whimsical illustration of a Robin to use for my first tutorial.  (This little guy can also be found in My Free Clipart over on the Open Clipart website.) The simple tutorial will cover using lines and shapes in Inkscape. Click here to take a look at it.
Vector drawing of whimsical birdHappy drawing!


I Love to Draw

I really DO love to draw! I should say…. I love to draw digitally. I’m not much of an artist when it comes to sketching on paper.  But give me my computer and my favorite open source software, and I’m off and drawing!

Speaking of my favorite software, if you haven’t tried Inkscape you honestly should check it out.  It is a great open source vector graphics program and the price (yes it really is free) is definately in your budget!  I use it for drawing and, although it is not a photo editing software, tweaking my kazillions of pictures. (Photography is one of my other addictions.)

Ok, so if you haven’t already, download a copy of Inkscape and get it going.  I plan to show you some ideas but you’ll need the software first.

Happy drawing.