BUDGERIGARS

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1 Pen and ink are wonderful adjuncts to pencil, and they let you create a bolder drawing. I begin this pen and ink drawing with a graphite pencil sketch. First I place two parallel lines diagonally on the paper to represent the perch. Then I draw the gesture line of each bird, and I place ovals to indicate the heads and bodies. The positions I choose form a heart-shaped composition.

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2 Now I build on the basic shapes to create the outlines of each bird, including the long, tapering tails that follow the initial gesture lines. Next I ...

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