Pose like a Pelican

Pelicans are a characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped-up contents before swallowing.

There are 8 different living pelican species. You can find them ranging latitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America and from polar regions and the open ocean.

Prey of the Pelican

This one just caught his dinner.

The diet of pelicans usually consists of fish. The size of the preferred prey fish varies depending on pelican species and location.

But did you know that occasionally they also eat amphibians, turtles, crustaceans, insects, birds, and mammals?

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Plight of the Pelican

I am currently doing a study of pelicans for an image making course I am doing. After months of absence from drawing I am getting into it again. That means you can expect more pelicans.

This pelican is hungry.

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Flight of the Pelican

The last couple of months just flew by. As they say, time flies when you are having fun and things are all over the place.

After spending the last 4 months enjoying life in Greece and Switzerland due to multiple flight cancellations, I am finally back on the island. As drawing came rather short the last months I am eager to take it up again.

One of the fondest memories of recent years is when we were watching pelicans surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean in Guatemala. It looked like they where having a blast!

Do Not Wake a Sleeping Dragon

I bought some red ink as I wanted to try out something different. This is what the first experiment looks like.

The ink doesn´t cover as well as I would have expected. Lets see what I will use it for.

A Winter´s Tale

Winter storms are still going strong here. I started to enjoy watching the snow hitting the window and got accustomed to cosy indoor life.

I am currently still working on a series of illustrations for a friend. But in the meantime I thought I put this little story of my own together.

A Winter´s Tale

On his stroll around the forest Mr. Fox was looking for a good spot to relief himself. Not paying attention of where, he just went about his business.

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Before Mr Fox new what happened, he found himself in the big black mouth of the snowman who tried to swallow him whole.

But after the first surprise, Mr Fox started to put up a fight.

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On it went. The struggle continued for a while, but eventually Mr Fox was able to free himself and ended up victorious.

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The End.

Feeling Frail

This is Inktober remainder number 2 that I forgot to post. The prompt was called frail.

Flew off my bike the other day. I don´t feel frail but rather bruised and bumped. Otherwise ok.

Curious Crowd of Huskies

I just discovered two Inktober drawings that I forgot to post.

This one is titled Husky. I love how it turned out. I´m still a dog person. What could they be looking at though?

War Paint

This is what you didn´t see. Before Mr Fox decorated himself with ornaments, he turned his friend Mr Mouse into a fierce tiger mouse!

Once finished, they went off to party.

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Have you build a snowman?

We are currently having that terrible winter weather that I hate. It snows one day, only to be followed by heavy rain the day after…. So no chance to enjoy the snow or build a snowman. Therefore an ink version has to do for now.

Have you build a snowman this winter?

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Holiday Exercise

I just found this drawing in my sketchbook. I actually did it just before Christmas but then we escaped to the countryside and I forgot all about it.

It´s like flying into the new year. So far so good. It is nice to be warm and cosy at home while a winter storm is raging outside.

Victorious

Hope you all had a good holiday and survived without any bigger incidents. We spent a couple of days in the Icelandic countryside which was quiet and peaceful. Now back in town where it is time to continue the story of Mr Fox.

The angry snowman did not manage to swallow Mr Fox. Quite the opposite. After a short struggle between Mr Fox and the snowman, only one of them turned out to be victorious!

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Hanging Out

Another Inktober leftover. Sometimes its just nice to hang out. Either up side down in the air or with a big bowl of ice cream on the couch. Which one do you prefer?

I am clearly for the up side down in the air! Can´t wait to go back to aerial hoop class after the holidays.

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