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American Robin Drawing by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Robin Study"
8 x 10" Graphite on Strathmore Paper
American Robin


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A drawing like this is proof positive that inspiration often comes from unexpected angles. I was at the Oakland Zoo researching another project entirely when, despite the presence of all manner of exotic animals on display, it was ultimately a humble female robin and her young that captured my attention and lead to this drawing. Her three chicks had only recently fledged, for though they could clearly fly, they seemed most comfortable hopping short distances. While they put up a good show of sifting about in the muddy soil looking for food, they'd periodically stop their endeavors to scream plaintively for food. With a quick shake of her head and a few stabs of her beak, the mother would produce a grub or worm from the clay with the alacrity of a consummate professional and offer it to her demanding offspring. While it was largely the sweetness of the scene that inspired me to take pencil to paper, I was also taken by the interesting and surprisingly intricate spotted pattern of the bird's immature plumage.

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