These gorgeous oil on paper birds were painted by Josh Robbins, an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. They are part of a series entitled ‘Ornithillogical’ and were originally studies for bigger paintings he was working on.
Josh uses an old drawing warm-up technique to create the birds called ‘blind drawing’ which means he doesn’t look at the bird while he’s drawing it. Once the picture is finished he either uses it or discards it; there is no reworking or modifying. The end result is one of spontaneity, unrestricted by notions of scientific accuracy.
Josh says, “It is what it is, or it’s not” and finds blind drawing keeps the process and himself fresh and honest.