Nazca Booby - Graphite on Paper
Copyright 2009, Nicole MacPherson
The Nazca Booby features in many tourist photos taken in the Galapagos Islands. It's a large, striking bird that doesn't fear humans, so is easily photographed by people with ordinary cameras. It's an interesting bird, with "interesting" nesting methods - siblicide anybody?
This drawing was done a little different than normally for me. I have never seen this bird, have never been to the Galapagos. I also wanted to try a slightly looser drawing, without the necessity of drawing each feather barb! My Baltimore Oriole put me behind schedule, and I wanted to catch up! I found the photo at Morguefile.com- a photography site that allows the creation of derivative works.
Most stock photography sites do NOT allow derivative works (such as drawings) to be created from their photos. Even the "creative commons" websites usually do not allow this, something I've always thought to be a rather interesting omission...
A lot of the feather detail was lost in the scanning of this picture - not sure if this is operator error, or if I need a new scanner!
Here is the original photo: