Today I’m sharing a simple drawing I did of a western snowy plover on scratchboard. This drawing shows stippled sand, waving beachgrass, and an alert snowy plover ready for action. This tiny shorebird is classified as a federally threatened subspecies. In Oregon, certain areas along the coast restrict activities from mid-March to mid-September, when plovers nest. Snowy plovers also breed on alkaline flats in eastern Oregon.
If you want to see how an amazing group of animators interpreted shorebirds, watch Piper from Disney. The star of this Oscar-winning short is a sanderling, but snowy plovers show similar behaviors. The artists who made this film spent a lot of time studying shorebirds and it shows. Enjoy this clip!
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7 thoughts on “Snowy plover on scratchboard: First Friday Art”
That is the cutest video.
Your drawing is gorgeous, and I loved the video!
Thanks! You can’t help but smile when watching that video. 🙂
I so enjoyed both your lovely drawing and the sweet little video. Nice way to end the evening 🙂
Thanks! Glad I could bring a little joy to your day. 😁
Lovely drawing. ❤️
Thank you, Irene!