Thanks to some longer sprints and a few holidays, April ended with only two sketches. I resisted publishing my dreadful art skills a month longer, so here’s L to (with one accidental omission)…

 

Lazy Lyre Bird

Lazy Lyre Bird

 

I try to focus on a distinguishing feature when I can, but the lyre bird’s elaborate tail was fairly tricky. I’d like to think it didn’t come out too badly in the end, despite the deformed body and awkward feet…

 

Magic Macaw

Magic Macaw

 

It would appear that whiteboard markers commonly come in just the right colour palette for a macaw. He looks like he’s rocking some serious red sideburns, but I’m quite fond of the top hat!

This is where Ninja Nightingale slipped through the net. It wasn’t until the end of a short sprint that I realised I hadn’t taken a photo! It worked out for the best, though; it was poor, even by my low standards…

 

Ogling Owlet

Ogling Owlet

 

I’m not entirely sure what he’s meant to be ogling, but this baby owl was all about the big eyes. Trees are also red in the world of whiteboard markers, apparently.

 

Princely Puffin

Princely Puffin

 

More a portly puffin than a princely one, the distinctive beak was a lot harder to get right than I’d anticipated. Endlessly re-drawing the beak in an attempt to compensate for the terrible chubby face, a hasty purple crown ended up being his only royal feature.

 

Quizzical Quail

Quizzical Quail

 

Definitely my favourite of the bunch. Simple, satisfying. I was rather pleased with this one! Though it’s probably not so obvious that it’s a quail – hence the eggs. Yes, those are eggs.

 

Raving Raven

Raving Raven

 

A slight cheat. I wasn’t sure how to make a bird appear to be going to a rave. Having never been to a rave myself, this was my rather naive way of illustrating one. Throw in an Edgar Allan Poe reference to clarify it’s a raven, and I think I just about get away with it.

 

Eight letters to go, and eight more terrible doodles… Will the whiteboard cope? Will any of these pictures start to resemble actual birds? Find out in a month or two…