Australian Pelican Sketch

Australian Pelican | Sandra Burns Art

I’ve always loved pelicans. But they’re not easy to draw!

This was a quick 3-minute sketch in 2B pencil.

Do you like my pelican? I love him. 🥰

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Australian Pelican | Sandra Burns Art
Australian Pelican | Sandra Burns Art

This was my source photo…

Pelican on Swan River | Sandra Burns Photography
Pelican on Swan River | Sandra Burns Photography

A quick note about the photo:
This beautiful Australian pelican was standing in the shallow water at the edge of the Swan River in Perth (Western Australia). I talked calmly to him, and slowly stepped closer and closer. When I thought I was as close as he would let me get, I crouched down in the sand and held the camera as low as I could – and snapped the shot. This is my favourite photo, and that’s why I keep using it for artwork.

I’m happy with my quick sketch of the pelican. The proportions are good and it looks enough like the real thing – to my eye anyway.

Here they are side-by-side:

Not too bad, hey!

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