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Depict your spirit animal was a prompt for #thejanuarychallenge #64millionsartist and I decided to draw on the observational drawing techniques taught by @drawingyourownpath this week as well as @janesvisionstudios suggestion to try drawing from others artist’s work. This drawing/painting of the Bee Hummingbird (see second image) was included in the book ‘Astonishing Animals’ by Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten. Look it up – it’s beautiful. I picked up on some of the colours included in the original drawing and completed a number of blind contour studies on top of one another (see first image). An attempt to get loose and really see the reference instead getting too caught up on getting the proportions right on my own page #drawingyourownpath #blindcontourdrawing