Fine art illustration of a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was completed on 11.6.2011. One of the most difficult elements of the drawings – because of the style I’ve chosen – is large sections of black. The drawings are created in a stipple pattern, dot by dot. As you can see with this image, it has a lot of black which naturally means a lot of dots. But it is also important to maintain the contours and textures of the feathers. So, when I begin a drawing like this, I know I will spend about 6-10 hours creating the image which can sometimes be a little discouraging and result in some artists block. But when the image is completed, there is a great sense of relief and accomplishment. The drawing is based on a photo by Don Delaney.