Watercolors of birds. There are more bird drawings in the Field Sketches and Antarctica section, too.
Storm Petrels and Whale Oil Bubbles in Antarctica
The little storm petrels (also known as Mother Carey's Chickens, I don't know why, whalers were weird; and Bailarinas in Spanish, because they look like little dancers when they dip into the water) are found all over the world but I really noticed them in the Antarctic.
These small birds have an unusual way of feeding in that they gather in flocks at the surface of the water and spend a lot of time fluttering at the surface. Every once in a while, one will suddenly dive down and resurface with something to eat. Often they're after krill, but sometimes, you'll see them at the same spot on the open ocean over and over again. Sometimes, as in this case, it's because there is a dead whale below the waters, and whale oil is burbling up to the surface. The little birds dip down and eat the oil as it bubbles up.
Some of my best memories are of going out with the whalers, as we called the cetacean researchers, and the buggers, as we called the entomologists, and watching these little birds flit pass icebergs and drop into the water. Logan Palin, a cetacean researcher, was one of my favorite people down there, and he took a bunch of photos of these petrels that I used for reference in this painting.
Anna's Hummingbird on Dogwood Branches
Bushtits on Flowering Dogwood
Male Allen's Hummingbird
Graphite on vellum
Huginn and Muninn
Watercolor, gouache, walnut ink, rock salt
Lazuli Buntings on Himalayan Blackberry
Botanical illustrations in a variety of media by Terri Nelson
Watercolor, digital, etc. full-color paintings of various mammals by Terri Nelson.
The 17 Year Periodic Cicada
Field sketches are my notes, in drawing form. This means they're not "finished" and they often don't have backgrounds. They're often rough, and since they're drawn from living birds or animals. I may never get to finish a full drawing before the animal moves or hides. I do some in the wild, often on vacation trips, and some at aquariums and zoos. Nothing ever holds still for long enough.
Black and White
Pen and ink drawings, lithographs, intaglio prints, etc., in black and white by Terri Nelson
Drawings with people in them, usually for book, magazine, or spot illustration purposes, by Terri Nelson
Theatrical Production Drawings
Drawings done for the Portland Opera, off-Broadway shows at the Keller Auditorium, plays, etc. Often done during live dress rehearsals while I was sitting in the dark.
Flotsam and jetsam regarding my National Science Foundation grant to go to the South Pole peninsula in 2016. More can be found at my polar blog, polarsouth.com.
Snowy Sheathbill Bathing
Drawn and painted while I was living in the Antarctic at at remote research station of only 42 other people.
Mash and Grind Pair
Snowy Sheathbill pair who were living under the trash compactor room at Palmer Station, Antarctica (affectionately known as the "Mash and Grind"). Drawn during my time there in summer season of 2015-2016. Watercolor on paper
Adelie Adult and Chick, Torgersen Island
Drawn and painted while I was living in the Antarctic at Palmer Station, summer season 2016. Watercolor and pencil.
Preening Snowy Sheathbill
Drawn while I was living at Palmer Station, Antarctica. Watercolor, pencil and gouache.
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Observed while I was out on a zodiac in the middle of the Antarctic sea. Drawn and painted while I was a grantee of the National Science Foundation, and living in the Antarctic. Watercolor.
Arctic Tern Pair, Southern Sea, Antarctica
Drawn and painted while I was living in Antarctica at Palmer Station, as a part of the National Science Foundation's Artists in the Antarctic grant.
Drawn and painted while I was living in the Antarctic at Palmer Station, as an artist grantee for the National Science Foundation.
I did a series of autobiographical comics under the pen name "Trixie Biltmore" for years. Those comics are viewable (and much more readable!) at trixiecomics.com. I have included some of the edited comics that were published in Bang! The Entertainment Paper on this site.
I also have assisted in drawing backgrounds, inking, flatting, coloring, intern wrangling, etc., for Periscope Studio's projects with Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Oni Press, and others, including educational comics for schools and spot illustrations for various commercial clients. I also pinch-hit as a reference model whenever the script calls for a short person, a fat lady, a lady cop, a juggalette, etc., which means I've actually been in Spiderman comics, and so that's kind of cool.
I take photos for reference and for fun. Sometimes they turn out well. Here are a few of my favorites.