This is a detail from a sheet of fantasy birds in my sketchbook. I used pencil and Prismacolors for this guy.
My interest in birds was rekindled while watching the antics of three crows near the studio. One (a big baby, maybe?) was playing dead, trying to get the attention of the other crows I guess. It got mine--I was certain it was dead or dying. When it became obvious that the other crows could not care less and kept on walking, the "actor" jumped up and hopped after them, squawking and clacking!
I used marker pen and Prismacolor pencils for the others.
The crabby woodpecker at the top is my favorite for now, although many more birds are emerging.
Thanks for checking these fellows out!