Here’s a couple of silverpoint drawings of one of a family of Bewick’s wrens (Thryomanes bewickii) that live in my backyard. They are lovely little birds that remind me of growing up in England. They fly fast, darting in and out of the trees, you usually see them only for a second and then they are gone. They can be recognized by their jaunty upstanding little tail and have a very powerful and melodious song, it’s surprisingly loud for their size and it always seems to me like they’re trying to tell me something very urgent and important.
These were drawn with 18pt silver wire held in an automatic pencil holder. Silverpoint drawing tools can be made by yourself fairly easily and relatively cheaply by hand or can be bought at a reasonable price here.
Both drawings are on gesso board prepared with silverpoint/drawing ground. The background in the Wren drawing is loosely drawn and stylized, William Morris style leaves, while in the foreground, the wren is tightly rendered.
This loose sketch of the wren’s nest in the crook of the pear tree is drawn on a 5″x5″ board.