Bricks and Feathers: An Update for Will

I was able to carve out a few hours Monday afternoon to work on the drawing. I had no idea how to convey the stonework of the library’s face, and to be honest, I was dreading having to draw every brick. As I said in the last post, I had too little patience when I was a kid.

But to my surprise, I figured out a way to make the building look like it was of hewn stone, not of a zillion identical bricks (like the left side where the tree is), and it didn’t take as long as I feared. That’s the good news. The bad news is, I like how the new stonework looks so much that I really ought to go back and use the same approach on the left side. Patience. Patience. PATIENCE.

Speaking of patience, I drew quite a bit of inspiration from a documentary I stumbled onto from Netflix, about John James Audobon, the famed bird artist. It kept me company while I worked on this, and helped me to appreciate not only how amazing his bird paintings are, but the value of details. The historians in the documentary marveled at the way he drew or painted every single strand of every single feather on every single bird–thousands and thousands of lines. So I guess I shouldn’t complain about a few bricks here and there.

I’ll be home all weekend, and I hope to find another chunk of time to finish this up. Soon and very soon, Silanders and Hamiltons.



  1. C~~ C~~~ says

    Dear Mr. Peterson Sir,

    When first I introduced my family to your books (there were then only two), they responded with great interest. Upon reading On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness their interest grew exponentially. When I announced the arrival of The Monster in the Hollows they promptly attacked me in a most violent fashion all eager to consume (in a figurative sense, of course) the latest installment in the Wingfeather Saga.

    Hence, it is with great anticipation, anxiety and increasing agitation that we await The Warden and the Wolf King. But as our agitation grows, so, I fear, does our impatience. Cries for Igibys, for Wingfeathers, for Justice begin to echo through our once peaceful home. Thus it is with great alarm (as well as great admiration and respect for your talented personage) that I must issue this warning on behalf of my family:

    Please finish the final Wingfeather tome poste haste, or we will sic Snickbuzzards on you!

    With all due respect,
    The C Family

  2. says

    Oy! Poor Andrew! I am so bad at patience too. Most of my drawings are unfinished for this reason. Thanks to your tips, I will try to learn patience since I’m still young. Haha! True. If I tried to draw birds with that much detail, I’d end up in the insane asylum. And – is that an elevator in the corner? Thanks again for updating us! Yay!
    P.S. Dear Andrew,
    You may not realize it, but your books as well as your songs have made you into not just a talented guy, but a legend. Many ordinary people with dreams have been inspired by you, and to us, you’re not just an author, you’re an incredible, famous person. You’ve helped us to believe in our dreams and trust the maker to help us reach our goals. So thank you, Andrew Peterson.
    Your adoring fan,

  3. carrie luke says

    GREAT work, Andrew! Audobon does inspire whatever the craft. He reminds me of the joy in the process and not just with the finished product.

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