This is a secretary bird in acrylics on canvas. I use a junky mess of acrylic brands, to be honest – I just recently ordered a couple of tubes of Lascaux so I could see what the difference is – some of the brands I use are fine and many are crap. I’ve been using acrylics probably longer than any other one medium so I’ve just got a big cardboard boot box of whatever I’ve picked up over the years. I think I have three different brands of yellow ochre, since that’s the color I invariably use the most.
The other image is a pencil sketch I drew in half a minute (if that) on the paper my son was painting on on the other side of his art table. He has contributed several fingerprints. The color is Crayola-brand watercolors – the kind you get for $1.69 at the supermarket. It was my first drawing of him – or at least among the first – that I actually kind of liked, so I’m putting it here.
(by the way, in case it’s not obvious – click any image on the site for a larger version.)