Puffin Coloured Pencil Portrait

After my first attempt with colour pencils (blog about my Red Squirrel coloured pencil drawing here), I wanted to try another wildlife piece and opted for one of my favourite birds, the Puffin. 

After some more research into the various types of coloured pencils, and which would suit my needs the best, I opted for a set of 24 Faber Castell Polychromos. They have a harder core compared to the soft Derwents I used previously.

Although limited colours in the set I bought, I was able to achieve most blends I required.  I can always add new colour additions whenever I need them. I hope you like my drawing of this stunning bird.

Puffin head portrait
Puffin head portrait, 7” x 7” on smooth Bristol Board paper.
Reference photo: Menno Schaefer @ Wildlife Reference Photos

I think Puffins are great characters to watch and have been lucky to spend time doing just that in various Scottish locations, with the best being the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth. The last time was a very rough crossing, and that has put me off the journey for a while!

Puffins, Isle of May, June 2013

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