What a wonderful Christmas Eve! Very relaxing with not much for any of us to do. Well, other than our furnace conking out yet again, and having to wait for Mr. Furnace Fixing Dude. Other than that though, it has been a fantastic day. I haven’t drawn anything for a few months, so thought I’d draw while my wife and son cooked and listened to Christmas music. I started drawing, and after awhile when my son was going to go downstairs to watch video games, I half-jokingly said “Want to draw a duck too?” Much to my surprise, he said yes! I love it! For his project, we simply typed “Draw Duck” in Google, and there were a number of beginner type projects that showed how to draw a duck. It was so wonderful, drawing with him by my side!.
For my project for the day, I chose something I’ve wanted to try for a while…a Labrador Duck. Since I started drawing a few years ago, most of the birds I’ve drawn have been species that I don’t have photos for. It’s a nice way to fill the empty slots on the species pages on my main website! Labrador Duck is a species I have a web page for, but there’s a pretty obvious reason I don’t have an accompanying photo of my own…they went extinct in the 1800s. One reason I haven’t taken on a Labrador Duck is that it’s hard just finding decent reference images. There are a few photos online of some stuffed specimens from the 1800s, but given when they went extinct, there are no photos of a “real” Labrador Duck. This is thus based on the stuffed specimens and some of the species descriptions I’ve seen.
It SHOULD be pretty accurate! Plumage-wise, it matches the taxidermy specimens quite well. The feet are tough (I hate drawing feet anyway), but one stuffed specimen had feet that were pretty close to this color, a dark muddy-deep-red with blackish webbing between the toes.
Fun drawing the Labrador Duck, even more fun doing it with my son at my side! Here’s wishing you all have an equally wonderful Christmas!